In an interview with WSJ Magazine published on Monday, Nov. 20, the NFL star said they were able to connect after not being able to meet during the singer's Eras concert in Kansas City.
"There were definitely people she knew that knew who I was, in her corner [who said]: Yo! Did you know he was coming? I had somebody playing Cupid," he said.
Kelce recalled getting a text message from Swift, who told him "exactly what was going on" and how he "got lucky enough to get her to reach out."
After some conversations on the phone, the two finally went on a date on the East Coast. "When I met her in New York, we had already kind of been talking, so I knew we could have a nice dinner and, like, a conversation, and what goes from there will go from there."
Since then, Kelce said he has been "learning every day" from Swift as their new romance catapults him to heights of fame and scrutiny.
"I've never been a man of words," the 34-year-old Kansas City Chiefs player said.
"Being around her, seeing how smart Taylor, is, has been mind-blowing. I'm learning every day," he added.
That includes how she handles the intense pressures of celebrity. Kelce was famous before he met Swift, but the Journal dismisses that as "football famous." Swift's fandom, meanwhile, sprawls over the globe and is staunchly loyal. Her social media followers number in the hundreds of millions, her Eras Tour is poised to become the first tour to make a billion dollars, and political pundits discuss her potential influence in US elections.
Her appearance at two of Kelce's games saw television ratings spike and sales of his jersey soar 400%. Recent social media trends have seen Swift fans pouring over Kelce's old tweets in delight.
"Obviously, I've never dated anyone with that kind of aura about them ... I've never dealt with it," Kelce told the Journal.
"But at the same time, I'm not running away from any of it," he said.
"The scrutiny she gets, how much she has a magnifying glass on her, every single day, paparazzi outside her house, outside every restaurant she goes to, after every flight she gets off, and she's just living, enjoying life. When she acts like that I better not be the one acting all strange," he continued. (with reports from AFP)