Fact Check

Did Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce Say They Would Leave US If Trump Wins In 2024?

According to an online conspiracy theory, the Super Bowl was rigged so Kelce and Swift could endorse U.S President Joe Biden for reelection.

Published Feb. 14, 2024

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Claim:
Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift announced that they would leave the United States if Donald Trump wins the 2024 presidential election.

On the night of Feb. 11, 2024, in Las Vegas, as television cameras carefully tracked Travis Kelce, the Kansas City Chiefs' 6-foot, 5-inch, 34-year-old tight end with a large beard and a buzzcut, playing in one of the most important games of his NFL career, a rumor began spreading across social media sites like X (formerly known as Twitter), Reddit and TikTok: Kelce and his pop star girlfriend Taylor Swift would leave the United States if Donald Trump won the 2024 presidential election.

(X user @DonaldTNews)

This particular claim originates as just one of a larger group of conspiracies revolving around Taylor Swift and the Super Bowl. So when the Chiefs drove down the field to win Super Bowl LVIII on a walk-off touchdown pass in overtime and the confetti began falling in Allegiant Stadium, some viewers likely started getting very worried. The supposed grand conspiracy was all going according to plan. However, we found no evidence that Kelce and Swift had announced they would leave the United States if former U.S. President Donald Trump were to win the 2024 presidential election, in contrast to what the theorists claimed would happen.

The seeds of the idea began just a few weeks into the NFL season, when Kelce and Swift began dating publicly. Over the next few months, the Kansas City Chiefs, already one of the most talked-about teams in the NFL, became the subject of even greater scrutiny. Sports commentators couldn't decide whether the Chiefs were a good team or not, especially when they lost a few winnable games in the last few weeks of the season. 

But in the playoffs, the Chiefs found a second wind, winning their way into the Super Bowl over teams that some experts thought were better. At that point, the conspiracy theories truly began: The NFL was rigged and referees would throw games to ensure that the Chiefs (and therefore Taylor Swift's boyfriend) would win the Super Bowl.

Some commentators went further. Former Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy theorized on X (formerly known as Twitter) that after the Chiefs won the Super Bowl, Swift and Kelce would publicly endorse Joe Biden in the 2024 presidential election. 

So when the Chiefs came back to win a Super Bowl that the 49ers dominated for long stretches, anyone who believed the theories might have been worried. An X post claiming that Kelce and Swift had publicly stated they would leave the country if Trump won might have confirmed some of those fears. 

But we found no reputable sources reporting on the supposed statement from Kelce and Swift. Given the intense media scrutiny that occurs around the Super Bowl, if the two had made such a statement, news organizations from sports blogs to major newspapers would have reported it.

Because we found that no media outlets had covered the supposed news, we rate this claim as "False."

Sources

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Jack Izzo is a Chicago-based journalist and two-time "Jeopardy!" alumnus.