Inside Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce's Love Story

It's giving "End Game."
Travis Kelce and girlfriend Taylor Swift
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Sarah Hanlon
Entertainment & Celebrity Editor
  • Sarah is the Entertainment & Celebrity Editor for The Knot, with special focuses on pop culture and celebrity wedding news.
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Updated Jun 17, 2024

Few celebrity love stories give us butterflies quite like that of Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce. What started with a friendship bracelet last summer has blossomed into one of the most talked-about romances, well, ever. Considering they make headlines with just about everything they do, fans can't help but wonder: Is Taylor Swift engaged to Travis Kelce?

We don't blame you for being curious about the status of this high-profile couple. Although they do prioritize their privacy, they often speak about each other in interviews, and the Grammy Award winner has even penned a few song lyrics inspired by her boyfriend (hi, "So High School"). Plus, given their frequent appearances at each other's concerts and football games, it's no wonder that fans are so invested in Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift's relationship.

Here, we break down everything to know about the Tayvis phenomenon. Relive their entire relationship timeline, from the first rumors of romance to where they stand today. Plus, we explain the truth about those Taylor and Travis engagement rumors that have been dominating headlines.

  • Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce have been together since the summer of 2023.
  • Taylor Swift attended her first Kansas City Chiefs football game on September 24, 2023.
  • Taylor Swift spoke about Travis Kelce in her Time Person of the Year 2023 feature, opening up about how their romance began.
  • After Taylor Swift supported Travis Kelce's win at the Super Bowl in 2024, he was seen supporting her Eras Tour shows overseas.

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Is Taylor Swift Engaged?

Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce together at 2024 championship game
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Question…? Is Taylor Swift engaged to Travis Kelce? The answer is no—at least, not yet. Conflicting stories have made headlines ever since this famous couple began dating. In May 2024, Entertainment Weekly reported that the couple's loved ones "see an engagement coming sooner rather than later." But in a separate story published by Us Weekly a few days later, a different anonymous source said that plans for an engagement "aren't even on [Travis'] radar."

All this to say, we don't know if Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce are engaged, or when a proposal could happen. We predict that if the couple does get engaged, they'll keep the news private for a few weeks (or months!) before confirming anything publicly.

Although these two have yet to take the next step in their relationship, it hasn't stopped fans and jewelers alike from predicting what Taylor Swift's engagement ring from Travis Kelce could look like. Whether she receives a classic engagement ring, like a solitaire oval-cut diamond on a simple band, or something more unique, like a trendy toi-et-moi ring or a one-of-a-kind vintage sparkler with colorful gemstones, we're confident in predicting that Taylor Swift's engagement ring will be one of the most trendsetting celebrity designs of all time.

Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce's Relationship Timeline

It started with a friendship bracelet, and the rest was history. Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift's relationship began in the summer of 2023. What has ensued is a high-profile love story that fans simply can't get enough of. Relive their complete relationship timeline below, including the latest details on Taylor and Travis' romance.

July 26, 2023: Travis Kelce Says He Tried to Give Taylor Swift His Phone Number

We can trace Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce's dating rumors back to July 26, 2023. In an episode of his podcast New Heights (which he hosts with his brother, fellow NFL star Jason Kelce), Travis boldly shot his shot by saying he wanted to give Taylor a friendship bracelet with his phone number on it when he attended her Eras Tour concert in Kansas City. Unfortunately, their meet-cute didn't happen the way he hoped. "I was disappointed that she doesn't talk before or after her shows because she has to save her voice for the 44 songs that she sings, so I was a little butthurt I didn't get to hand her one of the bracelets I made for her," he explained, adding, "She doesn't meet anybody, or at least she didn't want to meet me, so I took it personal."

Jason teased that it might have been because of her team affiliations. (A quick history lesson: As a Pennsylvania native, Taylor has been seen in Eagles merch a handful of times throughout her career. She even has a song lyric about an Eagles t-shirt, which she confirmed is a reference to the football team, not the rock band. And for even more context, Jason Kelce played for the Eagles for his entire career until his retirement in 2024.)

"She's a big Eagles fan, so maybe she just made something up and didn't want to talk to you," Jason told his brother. That was all it took. From there, fans latched onto this theory, hoping that a Taylor x Travis romance would come to fruition.

September 20, 2023: Jason Kelce Jokes that Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce Rumors Are "100% True"

The frenzy continued as both Travis and Jason Kelce were asked about the validity of this romance in NFL press junkets. During a radio interview on the 94 WIP Morning Show, Jason said, "It's hard to answer because I don't really know a lot about what's happening in Travis's love life, and I try to keep his business his business and stay out of that world." He continued, "Having said that, man, I think they're doing great, and I think it's all 100% true. I hope this thing goes a mile," he said, before quickly adding, "No, I'm joking. I don't know what's happening."

September 24, 2023: Taylor Swift Cheers on Travis Kelce at a Chiefs Game

Taylor Swift at Travis Kelce's football game
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On September 24, everything culminated when Taylor Swift appeared at Travis Kelce's football game. The Kansas City Chiefs faced the Chicago Bears at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, and Taylor was seen rooting for Travis while sitting in his VIP suite next to his mother, Donna Kelce. Throughout the game, cameras found their way to the pop sensation as she cheered and banged on the glass. When Travis scored a touchdown, she could be seen yelling, "Let's f—ing go!"

Her presence may have been a good luck charm, as the Chiefs easily beat the Bears with a final score of 41-10. As the mania played out online, eagle-eyed fans were quick to find clips of Travis seemingly gazing up into the stands where Taylor was sitting (with, some might say, a James Dean, daydream, look in his eyes). In another clip, members of the Chiefs team appeared to say things like, "Oh, that's Taylor," and "Taylor's here!" as they noticed her presence.

Though Travis Kelce was (unsurprisingly) not made available to the media after the game, quarterback Patrick Mahomes confirmed that the team was feeling the excitement. "I heard she was in the house," he told reporter Erin Andrews. "I felt a little bit of pressure, and so I knew I had to get it to Trav. I think he wanted to get in the end zone just as much as all the Swifties wanted him to." In another interview, he praised the singer before clarifying they didn't get a chance to meet…yet. "She's a pop star. She's a tremendous singer, tremendous at everything she does. I haven't gotten to meet her, but I guess if she ends up being with Travis, then I'll probably meet her at some point," he shared. "Seems like a good person, so hopefully I get to meet her one day."

In footage shared on social media after the game, Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift could be seen leaving the stadium together (!!) before getting into his convertible getaway car and driving off into a literal sunset.

September 27, 2023: Travis Kelce Talks About Taylor Swift on His Podcast

In what was perhaps the most anticipated podcast recording ever, Jason and Travis Kelce broke down what exactly happened at that Chiefs game on the September 27 episode of New Heights. "Shout-out to Taylor for pulling up—that was pretty ballsy!" Travis said. "I just thought it was awesome how everybody in the suite had nothing but great things to say about her, the friends, and family. She looked amazing. Everyone was talking about her in a great light... to see the slow-motion chest bumps, to see the high-fives with Mom, to see how Chiefs Kingdom was all excited that she was there. That sh— was hysterical, it was definitely a game I will remember. Then we just slid off in the getaway car at the end. Shoutout to Taylor for coming through!"

He also added that moving forward, he planned to respect their privacy by refraining from talking about their relationship. "What's real is that it is my personal life," he explained. "I want to respect both of our lives."

October 14, 2023: Taylor and Travis Spend a Weekend in NYC

Taylor Swift and boyfriend Travis Kelce
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Following their surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live, Taylor and Travis enjoyed a whirlwind NYC weekend that included late nights and viral paparazzi shots.

November 11, 2023: Travis Attends Taylor's Eras Tour in Argentina

In a weekend that went down in Swiftie history, Travis Kelce attended Taylor Swift's Eras Tour in Argentina. Videos of him dancing and singing along spread like wildfire, with fans eating up every second of the athlete supporting his girlfriend. The most pivotal moment was when Taylor changed a lyric in her song "Karma" as a cheeky nod to her boyfriend. Instead of singing, "Karma is the guy on the screen / coming straight home to me," she swapped it to "Karma is the guy on the Chiefs / coming straight home to me." Unsurprisingly, pandemonium erupted.

November 20, 2023: Travis Kelce Speaks About Taylor Swift in WSJ Profile

Travis Kelce sat down with the Wall Street Journal for a candid interview about "the best year of his life," in which he opened up about his relationship with the pop star. He confirmed that someone on the singer's team helped get his phone number to her, thus kickstarting their love story. "There were definitely people she knew that knew who I was, in her corner [who said]: 'Yo! Did you know he was coming?' I had somebody playing Cupid." Ultimately, Taylor pulled the ultimate Uno reverse card by texting him first. "She told me exactly what was going on and how I got lucky enough to get her to reach out."

He also opened up about their first date, which took place over the summer in NYC. "When I met her in New York, we had already kind of been talking, so I knew we could have a nice dinner and, like, a conversation, and what goes from there will go from there." Interestingly enough, he revealed that his friends were more nervous than he was. "Everybody around me telling me: 'Don't f— this up!' And me sitting here saying: 'Yeah—got it.'"

December 6, 2023: Taylor Swift Opens Up About Her Relationship With Travis Kelce

At long last, Taylor Swift set the record straight about her boyfriend in her Time Person of the Year 2023 feature, which was published on December 6. It was her first in-depth profile in years, and she broke tradition by speaking candidly about her love life. "This all started when Travis very adorably put me on blast on his podcast, which I thought was metal as hell," she said. "We started hanging out right after that. So we actually had a significant amount of time that no one knew, which I'm grateful for, because we got to get to know each other. By the time I went to that first game, we were a couple. I think some people think that they saw our first date at that game? We would never be psychotic enough to hard launch a first date."

December 25-31, 2023: Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce Spend the Holidays in Kansas City

Taylor Swift wearing a #87 santa hat
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Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce spent their first holiday season together—in Kansas City, of course! The singer attended her boyfriend's football games on Christmas Day (against the Las Vegas Raiders) and New Year's Eve (against the Cincinnati Bengals). The first of the two was a family affair, as Taylor was seen arriving at the stadium with her parents, Scott and Andrea, and her brother Austin Swift (who dressed up in a full Santa Claus suit). Taylor even got into the holiday spirit by wearing a Santa hat with her boyfriend's jersey number (#87) stitched on the front.

In a New Heights podcast episode after the holidays, Travis Kelce revealed that his girlfriend's brother got him a special holiday gift, indicating the seriousness of their relationship. "He actually made me feel like a child because his gift to me was straight out of the bag," Travis told his brother Jason and his wife, Kylie Kelce. "It was in the Santa sack, whew, [he] whipped it out and handed me a VHS of my favorite football movie of all time." (The movie in question? Little Giants.) "Santa kills it," he added with a coy smile.

January 13, 2024: Taylor Swift Attends Travis Kelce's AFC Wild Card Game

Taylor Swift at Chiefs AFC Wild Card game
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When the Kansas City Chiefs hosted the Miami Dolphins for the AFC Wild Card game on January 13, 2024, it was the fourth-coldest NFL game in league history. But the frigid temperature didn't stop Taylor Swift from proudly cheering on her boyfriend! The singer was seen enjoying the game from a private suite in the stands, even going so far as to high-five fans from the window. (One person even said that Taylor gave her the scarf she was wearing to keep her warm!)

After Kansas City clinched their spot in the next round of the playoffs with a commanding 26-7 win over Miami, Patrick Mahomes' wife Brittany shared a handful of photos with Taylor Swift in their matching Chiefs gear. "Twinning & Winning💯," she captioned the fun photo dump.

January 21, 2024: Taylor Swift Spends Time with Jason and Kylie Kelce

Taylor Swift with Jason Kelce at Travis' football game
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Tayor Swift and Jason and Kylie Kelce finally had their first public appearance together at the Chiefs vs. Bills game in Buffalo on January 21, 2024. The potential future in-laws were all smiles in their private suite as the Chiefs secured their spot in the next round of playoffs with a 27-24 win. In one photo shared on Brittany Mahomes' Instagram Story, Taylor Swift and Kylie Kelce posed next to each other in a group shot.

Taylor was also seen laughing at Jason Kelce's shirtless celebration following one of Travis' touchdowns, which helped boost the team to victory. At one point, a TikTok video showed Jason holding up a tiny fan with a Taylor Swift sign so the singer could see her from the booth. Perhaps the most iconic moment, though, occurred when Travis Kelce flashed a hand heart after a touchdown—a symbol that's synonymous with Taylor Swift's song "Fearless."

January 28, 2024: Travis Kelce and Girlfriend Taylor Swift Celebrate the Chiefs Advancing to the Super Bowl

Travis Kelce and girlfriend Taylor Swift hugging on the field
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On January 29, 2024, the Chiefs secured their fourth Super Bowl appearance in five years with a dominant win over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship game. Following the historic victory, Taylor Swift walked onto the field with Ed and Donna Kelce, as well as Jason Kelce, to support her boyfriend. In their most dramatic display of PDA yet, Taylor and Travis hugged and kissed while cameras captured every moment—and the sweet exchange instantly went viral. When they found each other in the crowd, Travis appeared to say, "What's up sweetie?" and "How about that?" Then, as he accepted the AFC trophy, Taylor smiled and laughed while Travis yelled, "You gotta fight for your right to party!"

February 11, 2024: Travis Kelce and Girlfriend Taylor Swift Celebrate His Super Bowl Win

Travis Kelce and girlfriend Taylor Swift at the Super Bowl
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Indeed, Travis Kelce earned his right to party. The Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LVIII in an electric overtime victory, and Taylor Swift couldn't have been prouder. The singer took in the game with Jason and Kylie Kelce, along with famous friends like Blake Lively, Ice Spice and Lana Del Ray. After the game, she arrived on the field with Donna Kelce to watch her boyfriend's victory speech. In videos shared on X after the game, the two could be seen singing Taylor Swift songs to each other (like "Love Story" and "You Belong With Me") at the afterparty.

April 19, 2024: Taylor Swift References Travis Kelce on The Tortured Poets Department

Swifties anxiously awaited the release of Taylor Swift's 11th studio album, The Tortured Poets Department, as many were curious to see if it would include any Travis Kelce mentions—and it does! The singer seemingly references her boyfriend in the songs The Alchemy and So High School. With cheeky football puns and lyrics that reference newfound love (such as "And in a blink of a crinkling eye / I'm sinking, our fingers entwined / Cheeks pink in the twinkling lights / Tell me 'bout the first time you saw me), fans were quick to deduce that Travis did inspire his fair share of songs.

May 2024: Travis Kelce Attends The Eras Tour in Paris

After a brief hiatus, Taylor Swift's Eras Tour resumed in Paris, featuring a brand new set for TTPD. Travis Kelce appeared at one of the shows during the weekend, where fans spotted him dancing in his private suite.

Around the same time, a People reporter asked him to name his favorite tracks off the new album—and his answer wasn't the least bit surprising. "I might be a little biased to 'So High School,'" he said with a coy smile.

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