Travis Kelce Shares “Golden Rule” for Joining Taylor Swift on Stage at Eras Tour

Travis Kelce detailed what he thought as he carried Taylor Swift across the Eras Tour stage during his June 23 London appearance.

This boy was not going to break his favorite toy.

Travis Kelce recently shared the one thing he told himself over and over when he took the Eras Tour stage June 23 for a cameo in which he carried girlfriend Taylor Swift down the catwalk.

“The one thing I told myself was ‘Do not drop the baby,’” he explained to brother Jason Kelce on the July 3 episode of their New Heights podcast. “‘Do not drop Taylor on your way over to this damn couch.’”

He stressed, “The golden rule was ‘Do not drop Taylor, get her to the couch safe.’”

Travis related his thought process to the mantra of one of his old coaches, Eric Bieniemy, as he held his own delicate cargo, relating Taylor to the importance of a football during games.

“‘That ball has our dreams, goals and aspirations,’” he imitated. “‘You do not drop that ball.’”

In addition to likening the “Karma” singer to the most important thing in his own career, Travis also noted the energy of being on the Eras Tour stage was comparable to scoring at Arrowhead Stadium.

“I would say that the touchdown cheers last a little longer,” he noted. “But when everyone found out it was me, that moment was pretty jarring. I was like, ‘Oh s–t.’”

And while Travis’ appearance was to “revive” Taylor after she performed “The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived,” he admitted it was hard not to feel like one when he took the stage.

“You don’t realize how big that damn stage is,” he emphasized. “It is easily as big as a football stadium. It’s almost like numbers to numbers. It’s way bigger than I ever could have imagined. So being on the stage, I was like ‘Man I feel tiny up here.’”

Ultimately, Travis didn’t turn into a modern idiot on stage, and he was happy he didn’t make Taylor look like a foolish one, either.

“It was awesome,” he gushed. “And I didn’t disappoint Taylor, so that’s all that really matters. ‘Travis do not f–k this up’ That was my number one goal. ‘Do not drop Taylor, do not f–k this up.’”

Indeed, Travis did not disappoint Taylor for his big Eras Tour entrance. In fact, the 14-time Grammy winner took to Instagram to rave over how well his surprise appearance turned out.

“I’m still cracking up/swooning over @killatrav’s Eras Tour debut,” she wrote in a June 24 post. “Never going to forget these shows.”

And while the blokes warm the benches, Taylor and Travis continue to be on a winning streak with their romance. Keep reading for everything to know about their relationship.

July 2023: So, Make the Friendship Bracelets

Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce’s love story began in July 2023, when the singer’s Eras Tour made a stop at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

As a huge Swiftie, the Kansas City Chiefs tight end caught the show with hopes of giving Taylor a friendship bracelet with his number on it. However, he failed to complete the pass due to her pre-show rituals.

“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 shared on the July 26 episode of his New Heights podcast. “So, I was a little butt-hurt I didn’t get to hand her one of the bracelets I made for her.”

Summer 2023: This Is Him Trying

After publicly recounting his fumble—a move Taylor would later describe as “metal as hell”—Travis decided to shoot his shot and invite the Grammy winner to watch the Chiefs play at Arrowhead Stadium.

“I threw it out there, I threw the ball in her court,” he shared on The Pat McAfee Show. “I told her, you know, ‘I’ve seen you rock the stage in Arrowhead, you might have to come see me rock the stage in Arrowhead and see which one’s a little more lit.’ So, we’ll see what happens in the near future.”

August 2023: Enchanted to Meet You

Travis was rocking a mustache—which he debuted in August during training camp—when he was first introduced to Taylor.

As he later noted of the era, “That ‘stache and the 87 jersey was pretty iconic there for a little bit, and I had it when I met Taylor for the first time.”

September 2023: Sparks Fly

By early September, a source close to the situation told E! News that Travis and Taylor were “texting and talking here and there.”

“It’s been very low-key,” the insider explained, “as he’s been in season.”

September 2023: Cheer Captain

Accepting Travis’ invite, Taylor joined the athlete’s mom Donna Kelce at Arrowhead Stadium to watch him and the Chiefs take on the Chicago Bears. After the game, Taylor and Travis were seen packing PDA at a local bar.

Though folklore had it that it was the couple’s first in-person meeting, the “Karma” singer later clarified the two had spent a “significant amount of time” getting to know each other beforehand.

As Taylor noted, “We would never be psychotic enough to hard launch a first date.”

October 2023: Team Up

As an indication that the relationship was heating up, Taylor brought her squad—including friends Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Sophie Turner, Hugh Jackman, Sabrina Carpenter and Antoni Porowski—to watch the Chiefs play against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

October 2023: It’s Nice to Have a Friend

Another sign that Travis could be The 1? Taylor started bonding with Brittany Mahomes—the wife of Travis’ BFF and teammate Patrick Mahomes—in and outside of NFL games.

October 2023: Welcome to New York

The couple took their romance to TV, making a surprise appearance on the Oct. 14 episode of Saturday Night Live. Their Big Apple takeover also included the after-party for the NBC sketch show and a date night at the Waverly Inn.

November 2023: Karma Is Her Boyfriend

During a bye week, Travis traveled down to Argentina to catch the South American leg of Taylor’s Eras Tour. Not only did the NFL star bond with Taylor’s dad, Scott Swift, at the Nov. 11 show in Buenos Aires, but he also got a special shoutout from the stage.

“Karma is that guy on the Chiefs,” Taylor sang, “coming straight home to me.”

After the show, the Midnights artist was seen running up to Travis backstage and greeting him with a passionate kiss.

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