‘IT’S A LOVESTORY ,’Why Are People So Obsessed With Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce

IT’S A LOVESTORY
Why Are People So Obsessed With Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce? Rolling Stone Staff Has Theories
Rolling Stone staffers offer their thoughts and insights on the couple’s magnetic pull

– OCTOBER 15: Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce have dinner at Waverly Inn on October 15, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce GOTHAM/GC IMAGES
TAYLOR SWIFT BUILT her illustrious career writing intimate songs about her life — which often centered around romantic love and its maddening journey. It’s no wonder, then, that Swifties (especially those chronically online) are tuned into the singer’s latest adventure in love with Kansas City Chiefs star player Travis Kelce. But while all of Swift’s relationships have been buzzed about, this romance, in particular, seems to have reached a new level of public interest, sparking an insane amount of attention and fresh media frenzy. Since the famous pair were first linked in September, everyone from the NFL’s social media team to diehard Swifties on TikTok can’t stop talking about — and watching — Swift and Kelce’s every move. Below, Rolling Stone staffers offer their own theories on the couple’s magnetic pull.

Taylor Could Never Give Travis Peace – And She Shouldn’t Have To
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – OCTOBER 22: Taylor Swift and Brittany Mahomes react during a game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on October 22, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
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SWIFT DOESN’T SEE marriage as the peak achievement of her life — she’s more interested in world domination by way of chart-topping, record-breaking success. What feels right about her relationship with Kelce is the sense that he’s along for the crazy ride and everything it entails. Basically, he’s not afraid of the spotlight because he’s already used to it as a top NFL player. Does he feel like “End Game” material? That question matters less to me than the one Swift posed on folklore track “Peace”: “Would it be enough, if I could never give you peace?” In this new relationship, it finally feels like the love she gives will be. —M.G.

He’s In a Different League
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – OCTOBER 01: Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs takes the field prior to the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 01, 2023 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)
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I THINK THE Swifties like Travis Kelce because he’s such a significant departure from all her previous partners, who were mainly other artists and actors. Even if Kelce and Swift are really both just famous people whose careers have been made performing and playing for fans, I think him being an athlete instead of another musician contributes to this perception of the relationship being more genuine (and less toxic), since this is someone outside of the artist world Swift is in. Plus, he’s very conventionally attractive and carries a non-problematic, funny, golden retriever-like aura that makes him very likable. —E.M.

They Have Major Barbie/Ken Energy
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 03: EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO BOOK COVERS. Taylor Swift performs onstage during “Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour” at SoFi Stadium on August 03, 2023 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/TAS23/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management)
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LOVE TO SEE a hyper-successful, beautiful, competent woman getting lifted up and supported by an unproblematic himbo. —E.J.D.

They’re America’s Sweethearts™
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 15: Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift depart the SNL Afterparty on October 15, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
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YOU KNOW THAT scene in every teen rom-com where the cheerleader falls in love with the jock and her glasses slip, and she’s suddenly, obviously beautiful and always has been, and that kind of catches his eye, and then she falls for the guy even harder because she finds out he’s not just a palooka and has actually maybe read Pride and Prejudice (or at least Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which is still something) and everybody’s happy because they’re both sweeties who found love despite coming seemingly opposing worlds? You know that song about the girl wanting the guy, but she seemingly doesn’t feel like she’s his type since he’s supposed to go for the girls in the short skirts when she wears T-shirts &c.? That’s Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce, except with what seems like a happy ending so far. They’re America’s homecoming king and queen, and that’s why everybody’s happy for them. Long may they last (at least until prom). —K.G.

They’re Uniting the Country
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – OCTOBER 22: Kansas City Chiefs fans hold signs for Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on October 22, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kara Durrette/Getty Images)
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MY ARMCHAIR PSYCHOANALYSIS? ? Their synergistic relationship is bringing regular couples closer together. Suddenly, one partner deep into Swiftie lore and another with an NFL RedZone subscription are mutually invested in a celebrity romance that seems to be propelling both to the top of their respective games. Even better, it’s not just the cliché of a football star dating the hot cheerleader. True, Travis has crushed it on the field when he has Taylor rooting for him in the box suite, but we’ve also seen how he shows up for her and heard him marvel at her talents as a performer. Having that kind of unconditional support modeled by all-American icons on a national stage gives us a warm, fuzzy feeling that (ideally) filters into our own domestic lives and habits. If you can make someone as happy as these two apparently make each other, it would be an accomplishment on par with selling out a stadium tour or winning the Super Bowl. —M.K.

He Never Worked in a Yogurt Shop
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – SEPTEMBER 24: Donna Kelce and Taylor Swift are seen during the first half of a game between the Chicago Bears and the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on September 24, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jason Hanna/Getty Images)
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EVER WONDER WHY you don’t see Trav in a teal shirt? That’s because, unlike Joe Alwyn, he never worked at a yogurt shop to make a little money. He also didn’t have to hear “Bad Blood” in a cab, since he can witness that any evening of the Eras tour. There’s no invisible string for these guys — they are very much the opposite of invisible, and that’s why the internet is obsessed with them. We just hope Taylor still sends those babies presents. — A.M.

They’re On the Same Level
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – OCTOBER 01: Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on prior to the game New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 01, 2023 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)
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I THINK THEY’RE going to be engaged in six months. They seem like a good match and are at that same phase in life where they’ve accomplished their professional goals and got the dating stuff out of their systems. Also, Kelce comes off like he’s OK with her extraordinary level of fame — and even proud of all that she’s accomplished — unlike some of her exes who appeared almost embarrassed by it. And they just look damn good together. Happy for ‘em. — M.S.

CONTRIBUTORS: Angie Martoccio, Ej Dickson, Elisabeth Garber-Paul, Ethan Millman, Kory Grow, Maya Georgi, Miles Klee

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