Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift Airport

The Eras Tour is about to begin its post-The Tortured Poets Department chapter. When we last saw Taylor Swift onstage, it was March, and the Eras tour had just ended its Singapore stint.
Taylor Swift leaving Singapore airport

Since then, we’ve seen Swift and boyfriend Travis Kelce from time to time, a sushi date and Coachella trip here, a weekend with Bradley Cooper and Gigi Hadid there.

And, of course, she released her newest (double) album, smashed streaming records, and kissed Kelce as part of a single-related social media challenge over the course of two April days.

Given all that, it seems odd to say, “And now it’s time to get back to work.” But that’s what Swift is doing on May 9, when her highly lucrative tour resumes with a four-night stand in Paris.

Kelce has suggested that he’ll join her for part of her run in Europe, which spans the continent and the UK through August. But this weekend, the Kansas City Chiefs tight end is about as far from Europe as possible: he’s in Louisville, Kentucky, that Ohio-river-adjacent Southern city known as the home of Muhammad Ali, the  Louisville Slugger baseball bat, and the Kentucky Derby—which happens to be on May 4.

That horse race attracts celebrities to the unassuming burg every May. Concerts and parties abound, with local broadcast station WLKY reporting that actor Cole Hauser and musician/local resident Jack Harlow were expected at one such gala.

Kelce eschewed the formal affair for one more aligned with his athletic brand. Friday night, he was spotted at Revel at the Races, a concert sponsored by Sports Illustrated that featured bane-of-the-Hamptons EDM duo The Chainsmokers, which is known for admitted threesomes with fans and an alleged assault by musician T.I.

It doesn’t appear that any band members were at Friday’s show, and we can’t speak to any threeways. But we do know that Kelce was hanging out with band members Drew Taggart and Alex Pall “in what appeared to be a backstage area at the duo’s Kentucky Derby gig,” People reports. He was later spotted in the crowd during the show.

In an Instagram story shared by Pall, while he was backstage Kelce posed with retired NBA star Chandler Parsons, both staring off into separate points in the distance. This isn’t the first time Kelce has cozied up to Taggart and Pall: Kelce joined them onstage in 2023, the night the Chiefs won their Super Bowl match against the Philadelphia Eagles. The band also joined Kelce and the team in 2024 following their Super Bowl win in Las Vegas.