Taylor Swift is finally telling her love story with Travis Kelce in her own words after being named Time's Person of the Year
"This all started when Travis very adorably put me on blast on his podcast, which I thought was metal as hell," she divulged to Time. "We started hanging out right after that. 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."
"By the time I went to that first game, we were a couple," she said of her appearance at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on Sept. 24.
Taylor Swift says she and Travis Kelce were already a couple when she showed up to Arrowhead Stadium in September to watch the Kansas City Chiefs defeat the Chicago Bears. (David Eulitt/Getty Images)
"I think some people think that they saw our first date at that game? We would never be psychotic enough to hard launch a first date," she said of theories surrounding the inception of their relationship. At the game, Swift was photographed in a suite looking jovial alongside Kelce's mother, Donna.
Taylor Swift and Donna Kelce cheer on Travis Kelce at Arrowhead Stadium on Sept. 24. (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
"I don’t know how they know what suite I’m in," the "Cruel Summer" singer said of photographers. "There’s a camera, like, a half-mile away, and you don’t know where it is, and you have no idea when the camera is putting you in the broadcast, so I don’t know if I’m being shown 17 times or once."
Swift was shown over a dozen times on camera during Kelce's game, and has been shown frequently in her subsequent trips to see him play. "I’m just there to support Travis," she added. "I have no awareness of if I’m being shown too much and p---ing off a few dads, Brads, and Chads."
Taylor Swift was named Time Person of the Year. (Inez and Vinoodh for Time)
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"When you say a relationship is public, that means 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," Swift declared. "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. And we’re just proud of each other."
"Football is awesome, it turns out," Swift joked. "I’ve been missing out my whole life."
I think some people think that they saw our first date at that game? We would never be psychotic enough to hard launch a first date.— Taylor Swift
Swift previously dated actor Joe Alwyn. Although their relationship spanned six years, the couple was rarely spotted out together. Public remarks on their relationship were even less frequent.
Taylor Swift poses with her cat Benjamin on the cover of TIME. (Inez and Vinoodh for Time)
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Last month, in a cover story for WSJ Magazine, Kelce spilled more details about how they met. "I don’t know if I want to get into all of it," he told the outlet, before sharing the coveted information.
"There were definitely people she knew that knew who I was, in her corner [who said]: ‘Yo! Did you know he was coming?’" Kelce told the outlet of attending one of Swift's Eras Tour concerts over the summer. "I had somebody playing Cupid."
Rumors that Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce were an item started circulating in the fall, but she confirmed they started dating earlier. (Gotham/GC Images/Getty Images)
Kelce said he was was not privy to any matchmaking until he received a text from Swift herself. "She told me exactly what was going on and how I got lucky enough to get her to reach out," he said.
"She’ll probably hate me for saying this, but... when she came to Arrowhead, they gave her the big locker room as a dressing room, and her little cousins were taking pictures... in front of my locker," he revealed of his "in" with Swift's inner circle.
Caroline Thayer is an entertainment writer for Fox News Digital. Follow Caroline Thayer on Twitter at @carolinejthayer. Story tips can be sent to