Travis Kelce was not present on Taylor Swift‘s real birthday, but he is in her heart—and on her wrist. Swift was photographed with Kelce at a Christmas bar in Kansas City, Missouri, last Sunday, and she was wearing a new friendship bracelet with her nickname for him, Trav, on it. When fans tried to lipread Swift’s applause for him earlier this month, they theorised that was his moniker.
On Instagram, Missouri-based jewelry maker Erimish revealed Swift purchased the piece from them and announced that admirers could order their own.
It’s a particularly nice reference to Kelce since, in addition to displaying his team colours, it also pays respect to how Kelce originally tried to make a move on her: by handing her a friendship bracelet with his phone number on it at her Kansas City Eras tour show.
Swift was initially sighted on October 22 sporting a bracelet with his jersey number before adopting his nickname.
Swift elaborated on her feelings regarding Kelce’s initial public gesture in an interview with Time published last week. “It all started when Travis, who I thought was metal as hell, put me on blast on his podcast [New Heights, where he told the bracelet story].” We began hanging together right away.
So we had a large length of time that no one knew about, which I’m grateful for because it allowed us to get to know each other. We were a couple by the time I went to that first game. I believe some people believe they saw our first date at that game. We’d never be insane enough to force a first date.”
A source also stated to Entertainment Tonight why Kelce was unable to attend Swift’s 34th birthday party in New York City. The reason was obvious: he had work to do, as the Kansas City Chiefs were in the midst of their NFL season.
“[He] remains committed to playing his best and doing his best on and off the pitch,” a source familiar with the matter said. “The team practices are critical, mandatory to attend, and something he takes very seriously. So, it’s no surprise he stayed in Kansas City ahead of this weekend’s game.”