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Is Taylor Swift & Travis Kelce’s Relationship Fake? Not According To This Theory

Taylor Swift has successfully won 12 Grammys, broken records for re-recording her albums, and has had the most groundbreaking tour revenue in the past year. But all of that doesn’t mean she can’t have a little fun. Swift was  spotted at the Kansas City Chiefs game on Sept. 24, cheering on her rumored new fling Travis Kelce with his mother. Swift is committed to a million and one other tasks, and attending a football game on a Sunday was definitely made a priority in her busy schedule. There has to be something going on for her to add Travis Kelce into her agenda, right? Pictures soon went viral after the game as they walked side-by-side together, but many fans were asking whether Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce’s relationship is fake

The entire relationship started from a friendship bracelet. Kelce attended an Eras Tour show at Arrowhead Stadium back in July. On his podcast New Heights, he noted that he attempted to give her a friendship bracelet with his phone number on it, but “she didn’t want to meet,” he said. Swifties took this and ran with it, finding more clues about the two that seemingly show they were destined to meet. It’s giving “Invisible String.”

Fans are convinced Swift “manifested” Kelce, taking it back to a 2006 song titled “Mary’s Song,” where Swift sings, “I’ll be 87, you’ll be 89.” Fans on TikTok have also found a photo of Swift back in 2013 holding up a Kelce jersey during a fan meet-and-greet. And while he was doing promo for his Catching Kelce dating show on E! back in 2016, Kelce chose Swift as his choice for “kiss” in a game of kiss, marry, kill.


Six years ago, Travis Kelce was playing “Kiss, Marry, Kill” to find his new *lover* 👀💍😘 #traviskelce #taylorswift #katyperry #arianagrande #throwback #taylorsversion

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Neither Swift nor Kelce’s rep have confirmed or denied these dating rumors, but some fans assume it’s a publicity stunt. One person wrote on Twitter, “Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce is just the ultimate fake dating trope.” Another said, “Taylor Swift-Travis Kelce feels SO fake that I can’t bring myself to think that it’s anything but very real. You’d get kicked out of the PR club for even suggesting it.” Kelce and his brother released a documentary called Kelce on Prime Video at the beginning of September, too, so some think Kelce’s team is using Swift as publicity to bring more fans to watch the movie. But who needs a PR stunt when you’re Taylor Swift?

Fans have another reason to believe Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce are end game: the Dusty Ex-Boyfriend Effect. This “effect,” or theory, says that a person will date someone that doesn’t fulfill them, followed by a quick, fun fling. After that, the person will find their forever SO.


Travis Kelce really went to the Eras Tour and tried to give Taylor Swift his number 😂 (via @New Heights) #taylorswift #traviskelce #fail

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During the spring of 2023, Swift ended a longtime relationship with actor Joe Alwyn. Months later, she got into an out-of-the-blue relationship with Matty Healy, the singer of The 1975. They broke it off in June 2023, which would make Matty Healy the messy, not-so-serious relationship after her long-term, heartbreaking relationship. You know what that means? Travis Kelce is husband material. 

If Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce’s relationship is indeed real, fans will be watching the Kansas City Chiefs play until the endgame.

Camryn Bacon graduated from Texas A&M University in December 2023 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Journalism. She is a Style writer for Her Campus National, covering fashion, beauty, and more. Her main topic of choice is fashion because Camryn loves experimenting with colorful clothing and statement pieces. Beyond Her Campus, Camryn wrote for an on-campus magazine, 'A-Line Magazine' at Texas A&M University, where she wrote online articles and created a print issue each semester. She covered everything from influencers to rom-coms to astrology but especially loves to talk about anything, fashion and lifestyle. She also interned for 'BEAT Magazine,' overseeing editorial operations and social media engagement. She has written for the Galveston County Daily News, where she interned during the summer of 2023. Her dreams are to work for 'Interview Magazine' and live in New York, the concrete jungle dreams are made of. In her free time, Camryn enjoys thrifting with her mom, writing poetry, and trying new coffee shops. You can often find her posting to Instagram about what new stories she's writing, on her poetry account or talking about The Beatles. Her favorite show is 'Sex And The City,' but she cannot go a day without watching at least one episode of 'Friends' (she even has a CD in her car that plays it).