Travis Kelce has long prided himself on his ability to separate his personal and professional lives. That ability has been put to the test over the past few weeks.
Kelce has become a first-stringer in his own right since the All-Pro tight end’s relationship with pop star Taylor Swift surfaced shortly before the Kansas City Chiefs game against the Chicago Bears last month. Makers of headlines. He learned that paparazzi surveilled Swift’s New York apartment last week, capturing the moment he walked out the morning before the Chiefs-Jets game, while other photographers had been observing him in Kansas City area residence.
“We’re learning about paparazzi taking pictures from all over the place,” Kelce admitted at a press conference on Friday (October 6), “but at the same time, you know, it comes with it. There’s a lot of people There’s good reason to care about Taylor. You just have to keep living, learning and enjoying the moment.”
Neither party has revealed much about their rumored relationship, and Kelce held back on details Friday when he spoke to the media for the first time in weeks. But considering Swift has appeared in the set twice to watch Kelce play, including performing alongside his mother, Donna Kelce, it’s easy to see why the duo has received such intense attention.
The timing couldn’t be better for both of them.
Kelce, who turns 34 on Thursday, is much closer to the end of his career than the beginning, and his increased profile will undoubtedly help his post-retirement career.His podcast with his brother, Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce, is called new heightsHis popularity skyrocketed, with Kells’ mustache mug popping up in commercials and commercials for companies like State Farm, Hy-Vee, Pfizer and Experian.
Swift’s Era tour is coming to an end, but a movie about the tour will be released next week in at least 8,500 theaters in 100 countries. AMC Entertainment Holdings, the movie chain based in suburban Kansas City, said it had sold more than $100 million in advance tickets, the highest single-day ticket revenue in its history.
Meanwhile, the NFL and its broadcast partners are keen to capitalize on pop culture moments.
When asked if Kelce was surprised by the sudden interest in him and his relationship with Swift, he responded: “It’s all over the world, man — all over the world. It’s definitely amplified.”
All the while, Kelce has been working hard to help the Chiefs defend their Super Bowl title. They have won three straight after losing their first game to Detroit and are expected to travel to Minnesota on Sunday. (It was not revealed whether Swift will attend.)
“After the Super Bowl, I felt like I was on top of the world, and now, I’m even more on top of the world,” Kelce said after Friday afternoon’s practice. “At the end of the day, I’ve always been good at compartmentalizing and being able to focus on this building, so I’m going to keep working on that.”
In fact, Kelce has always been juggling life away from football.
In 2016, he starred in his own reality dating show, coincidentally called “ Capture Kells. He promotes a wide range of products and services. He has also participated in a number of high-profile golf tournaments, such as a televised game with Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes against NBA players Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry before the start of the season.
However, none of this affected his performance. Kelce hadn’t missed a game due to injury since his rookie season until he missed a game against the Lions with a hyperextended knee. He has played in every game since. He had seven consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards, made the Pro Bowl eight times and was named a first-team All-Pro four times.
His success is a big reason for the Chiefs’ success. They’ve won the past seven AFC West titles, hosted the past five conference championship games and won two of three Super Bowls over the past four seasons.
But thanks to the aura Swift brought to him, Kelce’s profile has never been higher.
“I know I brought this on myself,” he said. “I’ve been lucky enough to be able to have fun with it. That’s what’s really important, at least it doesn’t piss anyone off (within the Chiefs). Like I said before, I’ve been really good at compartmentalizing and making sure my focus is on winning. game, and I don’t think that’s going to change anytime soon.”