Travis Kelce Emotional at Taylor Swift's Amsterdam Tribute Mashup

Kelce's heartfelt reaction highlights deep personal connections

by Zain ul Abedin
Travis Kelce Emotional at Taylor Swift's Amsterdam Tribute Mashup
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While Taylor Swift was performing at her Amsterdam show, the last on her European tour, Travis Kelce could be seen repeatedly wiping the tears from his eyes this Saturday (6 July) at the Johan Cruijff Arena. A special evening unfolded on the evening of 6 July and captivated both young and old.

Kelce, 34, who plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, watches as Swift, also 34, emotionally blends "Mary's Song", "So High School" and "Everything Has Changed." A fan having an account on X (formerly Twitter) posted video of Kelce using his phone to film Swift's performance with varied reactions, from swaying subtly in rhythm to being moved to tears by it.

During a particularly emotional segment, Swift sang "Everything Has Changed": "Cause all I know is we said, "Hello"/ And your eyes look like comin' home/ All I know is a simple name/And everything has changed." At that instant, Kelce seemed unable to contain his feelings and had to use a handkerchief to wipe his nose.

Kelce's Emotional Highlight

Kelce, who watched the concert excitedly, could be seen lifting his arm vigorously while the concert went on. Brittany Mahomes also joined with her husband, the Chiefs' star Patrick Mahomes, as Kelce used a tissue to dab at his eyes.

The emotional climax to the show came during the last lines of "Mary's Song": "I'll by 87, you'll be 89 / I'll still look at you like the stars that shine / In the sky, oh my my my." Here, not only from the use of lyrics but also because he and Swift have the same birth year - 1989 - Kelce felt particularly linked with the song.

In addition, Kelce's number in football is 87, and this time, there is a further touch of the personal to the lyrics. Cheek by Jowl, the couple who first raised dating rumours in September 2023 and confirmed their relationship this past October, left the stadium together with their fingers intertwined.

This was the second consecutive day they had exited together. Prior to Swift's performance on July 5, she subtly changed the lyrics of "Karma" to "Karma is the guy on the Chiefs." Through this, all attempt to avoid creating a mention of Kelce was made.

Along with copying the archer gesture that has become Kelce's trademark, she also had other things up her sleeve in this affection show. Presenting a united front with her, Kelce has been there for Swift in Dublin and London during her sampling performances in Europe; he even appeared on stage at Wembley Stadium to sing their duet for the first time.

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