Now that he’s in a relationship with Taylor Swift, it’s evident that Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has come a long way from his “Catching Kelce” days. Their romance took off over the summer, as reported by E! News, and Swift was soon seen at a Chiefs game alongside Travis’ mother, Donna Kelce. The impact was swift and significant: Sunday Night Football viewership shot up by 17%, and sales of Travis’ Chiefs jersey soared by 400%. This phenomenon is now affectionately referred to as the “Taylor effect.” While many are curious about the authenticity of Travis and Swift’s relationship, a burning question remains: How well does Donna get along with Travis’ songbird sweetheart?
Donna first entered the public eye in February 2023 as the mother of two brothers facing off in a Super Bowl for the very first time. It’s clear that both Travis and his older brother Jason Kelce share a close and loving relationship with their mother, which means her opinions hold considerable weight. As Travis mentioned in an episode of the “New Heights” podcast (via People), he anticipated that Swift’s time with Donna would be “delightful” and “a wonderful conversation.” While the details of their conversation remain private, what’s apparent is that Donna possesses a multitude of positive qualities that Travis hopes to find in his future partner.
At the forefront of these traits is Donna’s kind heart.
In a candid revelation, Travis Kelce acknowledged that due to his past experiences and his celebrity status, he tends to be guarded when it comes to matters of the heart. He shared on “Let’s Be Honest with Kristin Cavallari,” “The stuff that I’ve been through just in my past, I feel like you’ve really got to know somebody to take that step and really be committed and be in full throttle.” When he does decide to commit, Travis explained that he’s looking for a woman who embodies the kindness and sweetness he sees in his mother, Donna Kelce. He added (via Entertainment Tonight), “My mother is an absolute angel, so I kind of base … who I look at in a significant other based off of how kind-hearted and sweet my mother is. You’ve got to have some sort of sweetness to you.”
Swift, once dubbed “America’s Sweetheart,” has qualities that resonate with these criteria. Fans have rallied around their relationship, citing various reasons why they seem destined for each other, from shared poses to numerological connections, and even the role Coach Andy Reid played in bringing them together. Yet, amidst all the public opinions, it’s Donna’s perspective that holds the most weight for Travis.
Given Donna Kelce’s central role in Travis Kelce’s life, it’s promising to note that she and Taylor Swift have been spending considerable time together. According to a source cited by People, “Donna likes Taylor and thinks she’s very sweet and down to earth.” The recurring mention of “sweet” seems to carry significant weight. In an October interview with “Today,” Donna expressed a preference not to delve too deeply into Travis and Swift’s relationship, explaining, “It’s fairly new. So, I don’t like to talk about it. It’s just one of those things, obviously everybody saw me. I was in the boxes with [Swift]. It’s just another thing that’s amped up my life.” When asked about her time with the “Karma” singer, Donna simply said, “It was okay.” She clarified that she generally refrains from discussing her sons’ personal matters in public. Faced with further inquiries about “Traylor” or “Tayvis,” she stated, “I honestly can’t tell you. It’s just too new.”
Nevertheless, Travis’ enthusiasm about his mother’s connection with Swift speaks volumes. He expressed his admiration during an episode of the “New Heights” podcast with his brother Jason Kelce, noting, “I just thought it was awesome that everybody in the suite [on game day] had nothing but good things to say about [Swift]. She looked amazing and everybody was talking about her in a great light.”