Taylor Swift was seen putting her arm around Travis Kelce at a postgame celebration after the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Chicago Bears Sunday afternoon.
In photos obtained by TMZ, a smiling Swift is seen wrapping her arm around the tight end, who was perched on a barstool at Kansas City’s Prime Social restaurant.
A source previously told PEOPLE that Kelce “rented out a restaurant” to host a party for his friends.
The insider told the outlet that Swift and Kelce, both 33, “showed up together and were cute and normal, just hanging out and chatting.”
According to TMZ, Sunday wasn’t the first time Swift and Kelce have stepped out with one another. They’ve hung out several times “in more intimate settings.”
Earlier that day, Swift — decked out in Chiefs gear — cheered on the two-time Super Bowl winner in a suite next to Kelce’s mom, Donna, as Kansas City rolled to a 41-10 win.
Kelce reflected on Swifties embracing him after Sunday’s game in the latest episode of the New Heights podcast he co-hosts with his brother Jason. After Swift’s appearance at Arrowhead Stadium, jersey sales for the eight-time Pro Bowler skyrocketed.
According to sportswear and fan merchandise company Fanatics, Kelce was one of the top 5 selling NFL players Sunday. He “saw a nearly 400% spike in sales throughout the Fanatics network of sites, including NFLShop.com,” a spokesperson told The Associated Press via email.
The NFL also got in on the action, changing its bio on X to read “NFL (Taylor’s Version)” with a photo of Swift and Donna Kelce watching Sunday’s game.
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“We’ve been avoiding this subject … now we’ve got to talk about it,” Jason said, addressing the speculation about his brother’s love life this week.
“Shout out to Taylor for pulling up. That was pretty ballsy, that was pretty ballsy,” Kelce replied. “I just thought it was pretty awesome that everybody in the suite had nothing but great things to say about her. The friends and family … she looked amazing, everybody was talking about her … and on top of that the day went perfect for Chiefs fans.”
Kelce, used to the spotlight as one of the NFL’s biggest stars, went on to admit his life has undergone a transformation since his night out with Swift.
“I’m on the roller-coaster, man, the roller-coaster of life,” he said. “I might have noticed a few things, like paparazzi outside my house.”
Her appearance at the game came after Kelce said during a chat on The Pat McAfee Show that he “threw the ball in her court” and invited Swift to watch the Chiefs play.
“I’ve seen you rock the stage at Arrowhead,” he recalled telling her. “You might have to come see me rock the stage at Arrowhead and see which one’s a little more lit. We’ll see what happens in the near future.”
An insider told PEOPLE that after the 12-time Grammy Award winner heard about the invite, she quickly accepted.
Earlier in the summer, Kelce said he was “butt hurt” when he attended a Kansas City stop on Swift’s Eras Tour and she didn’t have time to meet up.
“If you’re up on Taylor Swift concerts, there are friendship bracelets,” Kelce said in the New Heights podcast. “And I received a bunch of them being there, but I wanted to give Taylor Swift one with my number on it.”
After Sunday’s win, the Chiefs locker room was buzzing about Kelce and Swift, including coach Andy Reid, who joked that “I set them up.”
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said he hoped to meet Swift — and revealed Wednesday that he did.
“Yeah I met her. She’s really cool. Good people,” Mahomes said, via KSHB 41 in Kansas City.
Even New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick weighed in on the possible new couple, telling The Greg Hill Show it would be a coup for Kelce.
“Well, I would say that Travis Kelce’s had a lot of big catches in his career. This would be the biggest.”
But several right-wing media personalities also took a swipe at Kelce, including former Fox Sports commentator Clay Travis. “Travis Kelce is doing Bud Light and COVID shot commercials. He needs to fire all his marketing agents. Or he needs to just go ahead and cut his d— off, become a chick, and endorse Joe Biden,” Travis wrote.
Meanwhile, The View’s Sara Haines dismissed the supposed romance as a “publicity stunt.”
“I’ll let you know when I don’t care. This is a PR stunt, this whole thing, and I’m just not that interested in it, because it feels like you’re giving air to a publicity stunt,” Haines told executive producer Brian Teta on Monday’s instalment of the Behind the Table podcast. “She does not need more expensive concert tickets that are hard to get. Like, she’s good. We’re good.”
But following the game, the two were all smiles as they left the stadium in Kelce’s 1970 Chevelle 408 Stroker convertible, which an insider told PEOPLE is from his “personal collection.”
According to Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports, Swift is expected to be in the stands this coming weekend when the Chiefs take on the New York Jets in prime-time.
“It was definitely a game I’ll remember that’s for damn sure,” Kelce said of last Sunday’s match-up. “And then we just slid off in the getaway car at the end.”
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