Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce are the real deal. In a rare sit-down with Swift in support of being named TIME‘s Person of the Year, she opened up about her relationship status with the Kansas City Chiefs tight end, as well as the romantic whirlwind’s arts-and-crafts-based nexus event.
“This is the proudest and happiest I’ve ever felt, and the most creatively fulfilled and free I’ve ever been,” she said of her overall vibe. And? “Football is awesome, it turns out. I’ve been missing out my whole life.”
While Swift friend and collaborator Jack Antonoff may or may not have recently dropped some cryptic intel about Swift’s past romantic timelines and ghosts of Joe Alwyns past, she shared more details about what’s been going on behind the scenes with Kelce these past several months.
As it turns out, a gentle roasting really does wonders when it comes to winning the heart of a global superstar. “This all started when Travis very adorably put me on blast on his podcast, which I thought was metal as hell,” Swift said.
That blast would be the July 26 episode of Kelce’s New Heights podcast, which he co-hosts with brother Jason Kelce, a center for the Philadelphia Eagles. Usually, the siblings recap their games, rank Halloween candy, whatever. On that episode, however, Jason ribbed his brother about his status as a Swiftie and failed attempt to get the singer his digits.
Travis attended Swift’s Eras Tour when it came through Kansas City in early July, he said, and fell short of the endzone (in this case, backstage to meet Swift). “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,” Travis said on the pod. “So I was a little butt hurt I didn’t get to hand her one of the bracelets I made for her.”
Travis took a note from “You’re On Your Own Kid” and made the friendship bracelets, at least attempting to take the moment and taste it.