During an anxiety-inducing Super Bowl LVIII, pop sensation Taylor Swift exhibited a range of emotions – from sipping a drink and nervously biting her nails to burying her face in her hands and sharing celebratory hugs with friends. The singer also played the role of a supportive cheerleader for her boyfriend, Travis Kelce, the tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs. The victory, marked by glitter and ticker tape, etched an epic moment in history as the Chiefs secured a dynasty-building triumph over the San Francisco 49ers.
It was Swift’s first Super Bowl since going public with Kelce in September 2023, and a source tells PEOPLE that she was in the “super, super early days” of getting to know her new beau. The pair hung out in a suite at Arrowhead Stadium for the game, which was Kelce’s first loss of the season. They later headed to a holiday-themed bar for a round of drinks and some PDA.
Kelce caught two touchdown passes from his quarterback teammate Mahomes, and he even made a heart with his hands during one of them, a move familiar to any self-respecting Swiftie (and one that she does in concert). She and her pals cheered for the Chiefs at other games this season, and Swift was all smiles when Kelce threw an interception at the New England Patriots in January 2024.
During her Grammys performance, Swift swapped the lyrics to her hit song “Karma” to apply to Kelce and the Chiefs: “Karma’s a guy on the Chiefs, coming straight home to me.” Then came Valentine’s Day, which was stressing Kelce: He told his podcast that it would be their first one together as a couple.
But the lovebirds pushed through the anxiety and huddled together for support at the Super Bowl, and after the Chiefs won, they danced in celebration in the middle of the field. Swift, who wore a black corset and jeans with a custom “87” necklace, was joined by Kelce, his mom, dad and sister, and a bunch of her pals.
The night was complete with plenty of cute moments: Kelce leaned over to kiss Swift, wearing a red and white outfit matching her helmet, and she dipped him for a kiss after one of his touchdowns. She then swooped up in his arms to hug him, and he kissed her back.
After the game, they sneaked into Kelce’s getaway car without security. TMZ reports that the couple went to dinner afterward. (Check out all the photos from the game and more of Swift and Kelce here.)