All The Reasons Travis Kelce Struck Out With Taylor Swift

Darren - August 7, 2023

All The Reasons Travis Kelce Struck Out With Taylor Swift

Darren - August 7, 2023

There’s no denying that Travis Kelce is one of the NFL’s greatest-ever tight ends and Pat Mahomes’ favorite teammate. The two-time Super Bowl champion is also one of the most eligible bachelors in the U.S. today. But still, he ran into a brick wall when he tried to seduce Taylor Swift. Fans love a bold attempt like his, but he struck out with Taylor Swift at the end of the day.

Today we’ll look at the main reasons why Kelce struck out and failed to attract 12-time Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift. Kelce laughed it off and said she was too busy when he went backstage, but this one stung. At least he doesn’t have to worry that she’ll write a song about him when they break up. Let’s analyze why Kelce struck out with Taylor Swift here.


That Mustache

NFL fans mocked Kelce in the summer of 2023 after he revealed his new mustache. The tight end shaved off his short beard and decided a mustache was a good look. Instantly, some netizens compared him to a young Andy Reid. This facial hair came straight from the 1980s and probably should have stayed there.

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Kelce is an NFL record-breaker and one of the best players in the league. But even his two Super Bowl rings don’t excuse the dead squirrel that’s underneath his nose right now. Imagine trying to flirt with Taylor Swift with that ludicrous facial hair. It’s not surprising that he struck out (via Sports Illustrated).

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Not Her Type

Take a quick look at Swift’s long dating history because something becomes obvious very quickly. The pop icon doesn’t typically date sports stars. Usually, she opts for actors like Joe Alwyn or Jake Gyllenhaal or singers like Harry Styles and John Mayer. She’s more interested in creative individuals than athletes.

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Yes, in 2023 there were links to the Lakers Justin Reaves as well as Formula 1 legend Fernando Alonso. In the end, these rumors fizzled out as she dated The 1975‘s Matt Healy. Kelce appears to be a real fan but unfortunately, his connection with Swift probably won’t go beyond that. We all have types and that’s part of why he struck out.

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Kelce is a brilliant player but he sometimes allows his emotions to get the better of him. He regularly calls out officials and once shoved a football into Kyle Van Noy’s crotch. Meanwhile, we’ve lost count of the times he taunted his opponents. Maybe this isn’t the type of person that Swift wants to associate with.


“I play the game with a lot of emotion,” Kelce said (via 247 Sports). “There are some things that get to me that I’m gonna have to control. And I am working on that. I’m very aware that what I’m doing is unacceptable. At the same time, I’m not going to shy away from anything. I’m going to be who I am. That’s what’s gotten me here.”

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Backstage Rules

Kelce made one key mistake when he went to Swift’s Kansas City concert. Let’s give him credit because he came up with a brilliant way to seduce the pop sensation. He said: “If you’re up on Taylor Swift concerts, there are friendship bracelets, and I received a bunch of them being there, but I wanted to give Taylor Swift one with my number on it (via Hello).”


But there was one fatal flaw that compromised his devious scheme. Swift doesn’t talk to anybody before or after her concerts because she wants to protect her voice. The President of the United States or the Pope won’t get past her security when she’s in the zone. Unfortunately, Kelce didn’t factor this into plans and he struck out.


Bad Timing

It’s easy to mock Kelce after he struck out with Swift but it was also bad timing. The singer is on tour and probably has more on her mind than finding a new boyfriend. Her ‘Eras Tour’ will run for dozens of dates into 2024 and it’s incredibly exhausting. She will travel to countries like Argentina, Japan, Australia, and Ireland as she traverses the globe.

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Meanwhile, Kelce’s Kansas City Chiefs will soon commence the new football season. Then he’ll be on a plane every other week as the NFL kicks into full gear. It’s not the ideal way to start a new relationship because they’d never have time to talk to each other. Communication is key in a long-distance relationship, but there wouldn’t be much if Kelce dated Swift at the current moment (via Taylorswift.com).


Hockey Fan

Kelce’s name might carry more clout if he pursued another pop star. But the reality is that Swift isn’t a big sports fan. Later, we’ll talk about her favorite football team but it’s wrong to say she’s a dedicated fan. She enjoys outdoor activities like hiking because they’re therapeutic and offer an escape from the world.


Meanwhile, her favorite team sport is hockey, not football. Maybe an NHL star would have better luck than Kelce. Perhaps he struck out because he’s playing the wrong sport. If she doesn’t actively follow football Kelce’s name might not mean anything to her. Yes, he’s big in the sports world but he’s hardly a cultural icon like she is (via In The Know).

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The Accent

There are Reddit threads about Kelce’s accent because people don’t understand why he speaks the way he does. Some haters accuse him of talking as if he’s from the hood. The reality is that he came from a comfortable family background outside Cleveland. Nobody knows where his accent came from because it’s one of the world’s mysteries.


Meanwhile, the soft-spoken Swift presents herself as an elegant figure. She is social but in a very different way from Kelce. A glance at both of them instantly suggests that they’re incompatible. It’s not surprising that he struck out because they don’t belong in the same conversation (via Fast Company).

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Different Values

It’s also fair to say that Swift and Kelce have different values. She has spoken openly against Donald Trump and makes no secret of the fact that she despises him. But Kelce couldn’t hide his excitement about going to the White House in 2020 after the Chiefs won the Super Bowl. This was polarizing for obvious reasons but Kelce said he didn’t care who was the president.

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Meanwhile, in Kelce’s defense, he spoke out against domestic violence and condemned Seattle’s Chad Wheeler. He also appeared in a Bud Light advert after the beer brand became a culture war target. Nonetheless, there’s a big difference between Kelce and Swift’s attitudes toward social issues (via USA Today Sports).



Kelce won’t like reading this because he’s an alpha male. But he would have to be the B-side if he did have a relationship with Swift. He makes about $15 million per year but she earned over 100 million dollars in 2022. Also, most men can’t conceive the pressure and exposure that comes with dating her. Joe Alwyn and Swift split after seven years because it drained him.


Swift is very picky about her potential matches. One source told Grazia Daily: “She’s made a really detailed list of what she wants and it’s so intense, there aren’t many guys out there that can live up to it. She wants someone on her level when it comes to their career, plus, they have to be hot – like leading man hot. And she would love a guy that can speak at least two languages.”

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Too Much Talk

Another problem is that Kelce talks too much. He’s not afraid to divulge his life to the media and make dumb comments without thinking first. This is very different from Swift who tries to keep her issues away from the paparazzi. She wouldn’t be able to trust Kelce not to say something dumb to journalists or his teammates.


Meanwhile, the relationship would probably end in tears and then Swift would write a song about Kelce. We almost wish that they do date for this reason because it would be hilarious. Imagine being a fly on the wall in the Arrowhead Stadium locker room after this. Kelce will never know after he struck out (via Essentially Sports).


Matty Healy

Swift made waves in 2023 after she finally ended her relationship with Joe Alwyn. But she quickly rebounded with The 1975’s Healy. The singer is a polarizing figure because of various antics. He called out homophobia in Malaysia and the nation banned him from performing there. Meanwhile, Rina Sawayama condemned him for mocking Asian people.


Some folks also think that the way he kisses fans at concerts is inappropriate and creepy. Anyway, none of this bothered Swift who had a short but sweet time with him. Maybe this was all she needed before continuing her tour or perhaps Healy put her off men for life. Anyway, either way, it spelled bad news for Kelce (via The Guardian).


Brittany Mahomes

Maybe we’re reading too deep into this but there’s an excellent reason why Kelce struck out with Swift. The tight end maintains a very close friendship with his quarterback, Patrick Mahomes. They’re almost like brothers because they have such a tight bond. But the mild-mannered Mahomes unfortunately brings baggage (via People).

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We’re talking about his wife Brittany who is one of the NFL world’s most polarizing figures. Some people loathe her and think that she’s one of the most annoying people on the planet. Nobody would blame Swift if the thought of being near Brittany sent shivers down her spine. Imagine how much clout-chasing Brittany would do if Swift was in her circle.

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Cheating Rumors

Before Kelce’s long-term relationship with Kaya Nicole, he dated Maya Benberry. The pair met on the reality TV show Catching Kelce where 50 women competed for the honor of becoming his girlfriend. They were together for eight months before they called it quits. But it didn’t take long for Benberry to reveal a shocking truth.


She tweeted: “When you and your ex broke up 5 months ago but you find out via social media that he’s supposedly been in another relationship for 6 (via Us Magazine).” This was an instant red flag and maybe another reason why he struck out with Swift. She doesn’t need that kind of drama in her life.

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Party Animal

Kelce follows the time-honored tradition of being a tight end who is a party animal. He loves living the high life more than playing football. The NFL star once showered club-goers with a six-liter bottle of champagne. Meanwhile, there are dozens of pictures of him dancing and having a great time in bars and nightclubs.

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He even organized a festival and booked Machine Gun Kelly as the main event. However, it’s safe to say that this isn’t compatible with Swift’s lifestyle (via CBS News). Swift told Lesley Stahl: “I don’t really like drinking. I’m not like ‘Man, that’s my favorite thing to do.’ And I don’t drink to get drunk, because that’s just not cute.”

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50/50 Rule

Reportedly, Kelce applied strict rules to his relationship with Kaya Nicole. Various media outlets reported that he applied a 50/50 rule when they did anything together. This forced her to pay half of everything. Allegedly he didn’t want her to take advantage of his wealth. Remember, Nicole is a successful model, author, and entrepreneur so she’s not struggling.

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The pair tried to shut this down after articles emerged following their breakup. But where there’s smoke there’s fire. It’s safe to say that Swift wouldn’t appreciate it if Kelce tried to shove his rules down her throat. After all, she’s one of the most powerful women on the planet and wouldn’t tolerate it (via Sportskeeda).


Punching Teammates

Violence is rarely the answer but Kelce didn’t think about this during one recent practice. He punched Jack Cochrane during training camp after the linebacker hit him late. Patrick Mahomes tried to brush it off by saying it shows the team’s desire and competitive spirit. But it wasn’t a good look for the tight end because he’s one of the team’s superstars.


Later, Kelce admitted his mistake and tweeted: “Gotta be a better teammate gotta be a better leader… plain and simple.” However, random acts of violence are unlikely to endear him to a pop icon like Swift. She has a history of dating sensitive artistic types, not animalistic NFL players (via New York Post).


Out of His League

Kelce has a history of dating social media personalities and reality stars. No disrespect to the tight end, but Swift is out of his league. We’re not talking about physical appearance because Kaya Nicole is a gorgeous woman. But there’s no comparing her achievements to Swift’s because the pop star is one of the world’s most powerful women.


We know that Kelce enjoys being the provider and the dominant half of the relationship. Arguably, the only time Swift has been the B-side was when she was with Jake Gyllenhaal. Even Loki-star Tom Hiddleston doesn’t have the same profile that Swift does. Kelce struck out because he isn’t in the same stratosphere as her (via Women’s Health).


“Talented Idiot”

Jason Whitlock once described Kelce as a “talented idiot.” This aptly describes the tight end who doesn’t appear to have a bad bone in his body. But he also makes some moronic decisions and creates dumb situations for himself. While it’s fun to watch him as an outsider, it doesn’t mean he’s relationship material.

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A major star like Swift will know that this could introduce a lot of unnecessary stress and drama into her life. She doesn’t want someone else’s mistakes to negatively impact her brand. That’s why there are plenty of celebrities who she wouldn’t look twice at. It’s a cutthroat world and that’s why Kelce struck out (via Today).

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Gronk’s Approval

Some people call Kelce a Walmart version of Rob Gronkowski. They think that he’s trying too hard to be like the legendary tight end. ‘Gronk’ is a party animal and received almost universal love from across the NFL landscape. That’s no small feat because he played for the hated Patriots for so long (via Clutchpoints).


‘Gronk’ gave his endorsement to Kelce on the Up and Adams Show. He said: “Travis is a very thoughtful guy and if they started dating, that would be hands down the No. 1 Ken and Barbie in the NFL. Come on Taylor, let’s make it happen.” However, this may not help Kelce because Gronkowski also dated porn stars.

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Eagles Fan

Another reason why Kelce struck out with Swift is because he plays for the wrong team. We all know that Kelce is one of the Chiefs’ star players but there’s a big problem with this. Swift is an Eagles fan and we know what happened in Super Bowl LVII. Kansas City broke Philly’s hearts as they shattered their championship dream.


Maybe Jason Kelce has a better chance of dating Swift than Travis! She saw the way that Kelce celebrated after he helped inflict a cruel victory. Yes, that’s his job and he’s a professional but logic goes out of the window when we talk about sports. Maybe Swift feels the same way about her Kansas City suitor (via Fox Sports).