Why Travis Kelce Skipped the 2024 Met Gala

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Fans had hoped to see Travis Kelce make his Met Gala debut tonight alongside girlfriend Taylor Swift, but the evening has come and gone without a single sighting of the couple.

While Kelce has yet to comment on his absence from fashion’s biggest night, it’s likely the NFL star decided to skip the event since Swift wouldn’t be there. The singer is in the throes of preparations for the European leg of her record-breaking Eras Tour. Starting Thursday, she will play four consecutive shows at Paris’s La Défense Arena. With the volume of performances as well as rehearsals and travel time, it’s probable Swift simply couldn’t fit the Met Gala into her busy schedule—leading Kelce to also skip the annual event.

If they had attended, tonight would have marked the Kansas City Chief tight end’s first time ever at the Met Gala, as well as the couple’s first time walking a red carpet together.

Still, fans aren’t lacking for Kelce and Swift sightings. The two have supported each other on the sidelines of their own respective events, with Swift cheering on Kelce during the Super Bowl in February (which he and the Chiefs won) and Kelce dancing in the VIP tent during the Eras Tour. Most recently, they brought their romance to Coachella, where they were joined by several of Swift’s A-list friends, like Jack Antonoff and and Ice Spice.

At a pre–Super Bowl press conference, Kelce opened up about celebrating his wins off the field with his close loved ones, including Swift. “It’s another memory in the journey that we get to cherish, man,” he said. “I’m fortunate that I got all the support I need off the field. It gives me a reason to play that much harder.”

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