Travis Kelce’s Taylor Swift Game-Day Gesture Goes Viral

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Travis Kelce sent the internet into overdrive after he was seen making a love-heart gesture during the Kansas City Chiefs game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

The Chiefs went on to win an all-time classic contest 27-24 to move one step closer to the Super Bowl. Kelce’s friends and family sat in the VIP box to cheer him on, which included his pop-star girlfriend, Taylor Swift. Newsweek reached out to Kelce and Swift’s publicists via email on Monday to comment on the story.

On the day, Kelce, who is the Chiefs tight end, scored his first touchdown in eight games. The achievement saw him blowing a kiss before making the shape of a love heart with his hands in celebration, which is a popular gesture with Swift and her fans. The symbol is one that Swift has been known to do for years; in a 2011 interview with The New York Times, she said: “The heart-hand symbol means something between ‘I love you’ and ‘thank you.’ It’s just a sweet, simple message that you can deliver without saying a word.”

X account (formerly Twitter) @SwiftNYC shared a video of Kelce doing the gesture, writing: “TRAVIS TOUCHDOWN AND HAND HEART OKAY.” At the time of writing, it has been viewed more than 1.2 million times.

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Some people on the internet have theorized that it was directed at Swift, who was in the VIP suite, watching the game alongside Kelce’s family.

“Travis Kelce blowing a kiss and making a heart sign to Taylor Swift!!!” one X user posted.

“Travis doing heart hands at taylor after scoring i’m dead,” someone else wrote.

Main: Travis Kelce celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium on January 21, 2024, in Orchard Park, New York. Inset: Taylor Swift performs at the Sommet Center on June 16, 2009, in Nashville, Tennessee. People are loving the fact that the tight end did a ‘love heart’ hand gesture during the game, which is something Swift has become known for.
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A third added: “Omg [Oh my god] Travis Kelce just did heart hands at Taylor Swift after his touchdown, football may never recover.”

However, others have said Kelce was directing the move at Bills fans who were booing him, not his girlfriend.

“It was to the booing crowd not her,” one person wrote, referring to Swift.

“travis kelce hand heart to the haters & taylor blowing kisses to the haters tonight……. i love them,” posted another.

“Travis kelce giving heart hands to angry bills fans all day today. Gotta love this man!!” a third person commented.

Either way, people have been loving the sweet moment and feel like it still pays homage to the singer-songwriter.

Kelce wasn’t the only one to celebrate during the game as his brother, Jason Kelce, center for the Philadelphia Eagles, couldn’t contain his excitement. He was spotted tearing off his T-shirt and leaping from the suite at Highmark Stadium while drinking Bud Light.

Swift has been a regular attendee at Chiefs games since her first appearance alongside the mother Donna Kelce at Arrowhead Stadium on September 24.

When Time magazine labeled Swift its Person of the Year 2023, she told the publication that she had secretly begun dating Kelce in July. This was shortly after he spoke on his New Heights podcast about his failed attempt to give her a friendship bracelet with his phone number on it at one of her concerts.

“This all started when Travis very adorably put me on blast on his podcast, which I thought was metal as hell,” Swift said. “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. 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,” Swift added.