Why Patrick Mahomes Wants Credit as Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift’s “Matchmaker”

Patrick Mahomes shared why he deserves credit for being Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift’s “matchmaker,” explaining that he’s the reason his teammate attended her July 7 Eras Tour show in Kansas City.

Patrick Mahomes may be the greatest quarterback wingman of all time.

The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback shared why he may be responsible for Travis Kelce’s romance with Taylor Swift, explaining that he was the one to put the singer’s fateful Eras Tour stop in Kansas City on his teammate’s radar.

“I like to take some of the credit,” Patrick explained during a May 23 appearance on The Pat McAfee Show. “I was the one who invited Travis to the first Taylor concert with the friendship bracelet. He was sitting in my suite.”

Travis Kelce, Patrick Mahomes, Taylor Swift

And getting his friend to her July 7 show wasn’t the only reason Patrick calls himself their “matchmaker.” The NFL star said he also gave Travis some words of encouragement on how you get the girl.

“I had some input in there as well,” Patrick noted before sharing that he told the Kansas City tight end, “‘Dude, just go for it, just go for it.'”

Of course, Travis took his pal’s advice. When he didn’t get to give Taylor a friendship bracelet with his phone number on it at her concert, the 34-year-old decided to shoot his shot again during an episode of his New Heights podcast.

“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 confessed during the July 26 episode. “So, I was a little butt-hurt I didn’t get to hand her one of the bracelets I made for her.”

Two months later, the couple went public with their relationship, with Taylor later shouting out Travis for putting her “on blast” on the podcast in a move that was “metal as hell.”

“We started hanging out right after that,” she told TIME in December 2023. “So, we actually had a significant amount of time that no one knew, which I’m grateful for, because we got to get to know each other.”

Read on for the full break down of how Taylor and Travis’ love story unfolded.

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.”

Travis Kelce

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.”

Travis Kelce

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.”

Taylor Swift, Travis Kelce

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.”

Donna Kelce, Taylor Swift

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.”

Taylor Swift, Brittany Mahomes, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds

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.

Taylor Swift, Brittany Mahomes

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.

Taylor Swift, Travis Kelce

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.

Taylor Swift

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.

Taylor Swift

December 2024: Speak Now

Taylor addressed the lavender craze surrounding her appearances at Travis’ games.

“I’m going to see him do what he loves, we’re showing up for each other, other people are there and we don’t care,” she told Time. “The opposite of that is you have to go to an extreme amount of effort to make sure no one knows that you’re seeing someone.”

Brittany Mahomes, Taylor Swift, Scott Swift

December 2023: You, Who Charmed Her Dad

The music superstar turned Travis’ Dec. 17 game into a family affair, bringing her dad to cheer on her man.

Travis Kelce, Taylor Swift

January 2024: All the Midnights

Taylor and Travis spent their first New Year’s Eve together, sharing a romantic kiss when the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1.

Brittany Mahomes, Jason Kelce, and Taylor Swift

January 2024: Chosen Family

Continuing to bond with Travis’ family, Taylor hung out with his brother Jason Kelce and sister-in-law Kylie Kelce at the Chiefs’ game against the Buffalo Bills.

Taylor Swift, Travis Kelce

January 2024: Saved by the Perfect Kiss

Taylor joined Travis on the football field when the Chiefs won the AFC Championship, a victory that cemented the team’s spot in the 2024 Super Bowl. The couple shared a celebratory kiss before exchanging the L-word.

“Tay, I’m gonna enjoy with the guys,” he told her. “I love you—so much it’s not funny.”

Taylor Swift Travis Kelce

February 2024: Super Bowl Champs

The pair locked lips on the field after Travis led the Kansas City Chiefs to victory on Feb. 11, 2024 in Las Vegas.

Taylor Swift, Travis Kelce

February 2024: TikTok Official

Taylor posted footage of Travis on social media for the first time Feb. 12, poking fun at how she took her parents clubbing with the athlete after the Super Bowl.

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