Fans of the Taylor Swift-Travis Kelce romance appeared to be split after NFL broadcasters called the “All Too Well” singer Kelce’s “biggest cheerleader,” with some pointing out that they were forgetting about his mom, Donna Kelce.
The disagreement stemmed from a moment during today’s Kansas City Chiefs-Baltimore Ravens AFC Championship game as one announcer reflected on how the game was progressing during halftime.
In a clip later shared on social media, the announcer showed footage of Kelce, the Chiefs’ tight end, celebrating a touchdown on the field before switching over to a view of Swift.
The announcer described Kelce as being “utterly dominant in the first half” before referencing his cheering squad. “And, with his biggest cheerleader in attendance, he’s got his Chiefs ahead at the half,” the announcer said.
Swift has certainly received a lot of attention for her attendance at Chiefs games throughout this NFL season. Football fans have joked about how often game-day coverage pans over to show where she’s cheering in various stadiums, though a recent New York Times analysis found that she typically appears on camera for fewer than 25 seconds during games
Some Swift-Kelce fans appeared to love thinking of Swift as Kelce’s number-one fan.
“They weren’t lying when they called her his biggest cheerleader,” said one social media user who shared a clip of the NFL announcer’s comment on X (formerly Twitter).
“‘His biggest cheerleader in attendance’ THAT WAS SO SWEET,” tweeted another.
But others felt as if Donna, known affectionately among fans as “Mama Kelce,” had been overlooked.
An X user put it simply: “His biggest cheerleader? They didn’t show Travis’ mom.”
One fan asked why the NFL’s halftime team was “acting like Mama Kelce isn’t almost always there,” and another asked if “this is why people hate” the league’s “shenanigans.”
Despite the disagreement, all Swift-Kelce fans seemed to get behind the sweet PDA moment that the couple shared on the field at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium after the Chiefs defeated the Ravens 17-10 to secure a spot in Super Bowl LVIII. They also rallied behind photos taken on the field showing Swift embracing both of Travis’ parents
Taylor is a part of the family for a reason,” one fan said simply in response to the family photos.
With today’s game now over, the Chiefs are heading to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row. Super Bowl LVIII will take place on February 11 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.