Who is Kayla Nicole? Learn all there is to know about American football player Travis Kelce’s ex.
Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift recently sent the internet into a frenzy with their rumored romance, which the pop star seemingly confirmed when she showed up to support Travis as the Kansas City Chiefs played against the Chicago Bears at Arrowhead Stadium. Now, fans are trying to gauge what kind of boyfriend Travis is, and they’re turning to his ex-girlfriends to find out. He previously dated Kayla Nicole for five years, but who is she and what has she said about their relationship?
Who is Kayla Nicole? What is she best known for?
Nicole had a passion for sports from a young age and was always interested in pursuing a career in the field. She graduated from Pepperdine University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism.
After graduating, Kayla worked as an on-air reporter at several top sports media outlets, including ESPN and Barstool Sports. She has reported from courtside in the NBA and on the sidelines for the NFL. Recently, Nicole has been working as an influencer as well as a model. With a career in sports journalism, it’s no wonder that Kayla crossed paths with Travis. When Kayla isn’t doing broadcast work, she’s often modeling and working with fashion brands like Revolve, Savage X Fenty and Fabletics, as seen on her Instagram. She also has a passion for fitness and owns the brand Strong is Sexy.
When did Travis Kelce and Kayla Nicole start dating?
According to reports, Travis Kelce and Kayla Nicole began dating in 2017. It is believed that they initially split in the summer of 2020, but reunited just a few months later.
Kelce and Nicole started dating after some Instagram interactions together. “He had been following me and insta-flirting for a few months,” she revealed in an Instagram Story. “All double taps and no dm. Soooo after a little liquid courage and a pep talk from @iqueenb (something along the lines of ‘WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR’) I dm’d him on New Years.” “I didn’t just go through every single pic and just start liking it immediately,” Kelce clarified with E! News.
“It was over the course of a month’s span, just following her and liking the pictures that she was posting and watching all of her stories when stories had first started coming out.” August 2020 marked the first time the couple split. Kelce confirmed the breakup news after fans speculated about their split when Nicole deleted pictures of the football player on her Instagram a week prior. The confirmation came amid rumors that Kelce cheated on Nicole with a “Becky,” which he denied in a now-deleted tweet responding to the allegations.
“This is fake news… a lie… and not why Kayla and I broke up,” Kelce wrote on Twitter, per a screenshot from TMZ. “Take all your hatred somewhere else please.” A few months later, the pair got back together that November. Kelce confirmed their reconciliation when he referred to Nicole as “my girlfriend” during an Instagram Live with WNBA basketball player Chiney Ogwumike. “She’s the best,” Kelce said about Nicole. “She’s the absolute best.”
In May 2022, Kelce and Nicole called it quits on their relationship. Kelce denied rumors that a 50/50 rule on spending led to the end of their relationship. It is still unclear as to why Kelce and Nicole split. Both parties have remained mum on the topic, however they have had clued in fans about potential reasons for their split up.
What did the pair say about why they split up?
Barstool Sports alleged that Kelce did not pay for half the bills or their dates when the two were together. The tight end shut down those rumors immediately. “Don’t buy into that s–t,” he said. “I would never say that I was supporting her. She had a very financially stable life and what she was doing in her career.”
“But you’ve got to be crazy if you’d think I would never helped or gave her a couple thousand to grab some food or she gave me some money to go get some food,” he added. “We were in a relationship for five years. A hundred dollars here, a hundred dollars there wasn’t even thought about.”
Nicole responded to Barstool Sports’ X (formerly known as Twitter) to debunk this rumor, writing, “Not sure where y’all got this nonsense from, but it’s absurd and very false.” After their breakup, the model posted a now-deleted Tiktok, “You’re not stupid Kayla. No, I am actually. Thought I’d get wifed after dating for 5 year. That’s 1,825 days.” It is yet to see if Nicole says something about her ex rumouredly dating Taylor Swift, but rest assured that we will keep you posted in case of any update.