Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce will not be attending the 2024 Golden Globes award ceremony in Los Angeles on January 10th, even though his rumored girlfriend, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, is nominated for Best Original Song.
Kelce Focused on NFL Playoffs
The main reason cited for Kelce’s absence is his focus on the NFL playoffs. As star tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, Kelce is gearing up for a critical AFC Wild Card game against division rivals, the Los Angeles Chargers, on January 14th.
“Travis will remain in Kansas City to practice with his teammates as they prep for their first playoff game,” a source close to Kelce told media outlets. “As much as he wants to support Taylor, he can’t abandon his commitments to the Chiefs.”
Kelce himself echoed this sentiment in a January 4th press conference:
“As you all know, we have a big game next weekend. I’m solely focused on our game plan and preparation right now. I won’t be attending any Hollywood events this week.”
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This intense practice schedule in advance of high stakes playoff action is forcing Kelce to skip the awards ceremony, despite his girlfriend’s nomination.
Swift Nominated for “Carolina” Song
In a bittersweet turn of events, Swift earned a Golden Globe nod for Best Original Song for “Carolina” on the morning Kelce announced that he wouldn’t attend the ceremony.
“Carolina” appeared in Swift’s 2023 indie drama film debut, Lavender Haze, which she wrote and directed herself. The song has received critical acclaim:
“Swift once again shows her talent for vivid storytelling with nostalgic ‘Carolina,’ weaving a tapestry of memory and longing,” raved Rolling Stone music critic Elise Sanders.
This is Swift’s fourth Golden Globe nomination, but her first for songwriting. She took to social media after the nomination announcement to express gratitude:
So many reasons to lose my damn mind today. Carolinas nominated for a freaking @goldenglobes
With her boyfriend tied up with football as she attends one of Hollywood’s biggest events solo, Swift will certainly have mixed emotions on January 10th.
Couple Connected in LA Last Month
Rumors linking Swift and Kelce romantically first sparked in December 2023 when Swift attended a Chiefs game in Inglewood while she was in Los Angeles.
The stars appeared to meet up after the Chiefs beat the Chargers 34-28, deepening dating speculation.
Fans noticed Swift sporting Kelce’s jersey as she congratulated him post-game, suggesting an intimate off-field connection between the musicians.
Neither Swift nor Kelce have confirmed their relationship directly. But the possibility of a joint Golden Globes coming-out seemed imminent given Kelce’s scheduled Los Angeles arrival this week.
Alas, team allegiances are keeping Kansas City’s premier tight end from supporting his songstress at her big event.
Kelce’s Chiefs Favored Over Chargers
Despite Kelce’s disappointing absence on January 10th, he and Swift can look forward to a potential reunion at Super Bowl LVIII on February 14th in Las Vegas.
The Chiefs are 3 point favorites going into their Wild Card face-off with the Chargers, after handily beating them on December 22nd.
Kansas City Chiefs | 13-4
Los Angeles Chargers | 12-5
With quarterback Patrick Mahomes playing at an MVP level, analysts viewKansas City as probable AFC Championship contenders.
If Kelce’s Chiefs advance, Swift would have ample opportunity to cheer her man on this postseason. And if romance rumors continue heating up, perhaps fans could glimpse dates night on the sidelines at the Super Bowl.
For now, Kelce is fixed on playoff football glory ahead of potential Hollywood romance. But whether Golden Globes red carpet or championship parades, 2024 could see Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift stepping out together at last.
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