Travis Kelce’s Ex Kayla Nicole Responds to “Constant Vitriol”

Travis Kelce’s ex Kayla Nicole reached a "breaking point" as she called out social media users for their unsavory words amid his romance with Taylor Swift.

By Lindsay Weinberg Apr 19, 2024 2:45 AMTags
Watch: Travis Kelce's Ex Kayla Nicole Claps Back at “Constant Vitriol”

Kayla Nicole doesn't want any bad blood.

The fitness influencer—who dated Travis Kelce from 2017 to 2022—spoke out to address online hate she has received as of late.

"I'm unproblematic. Mind my business," she wrote on X (formerly known as Twitter) on April 18. "Never respond to the constant vitriol. Solid as they come & don't expect a pat on the back for it either."

However, Nicole can no longer endure such treatment. 

"Just know everyone has a breaking point," she continued. "Would love for 'yall' (because you know exactly who you are) to leave me alone."

Two hours before hitting back at trolls, Nicole expressed that she couldn't keep up with new music being released, as Kelce's girlfriend Taylor Swift prepared to drop her 11th album The Tortured Poets Department at midnight on April 19.

"There's just no way I can fully digest all these new albums," Nicole tweeted, without referring to Swift, adding that she was "still on" Beyoncé's Cowboy Carter.

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Fans in the comments inferred that the Tribe Therepē founder wouldn't be listening to Swift's new album, with one person writing, "Taylor doesn't need your streams."

However, other users defended Nicole from the backlash. "Some extremely hateful rude comments here," one person wrote. "Leave her alone she isn't doing anything so just stop already." 

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After Kelce and Nicole broke up in 2022, the NFL player shut down rumors that him being "too cheap" was the reason for their split. 

"I would never say that I was supporting her. She had a very financially stable life and what she was doing in her career," he said on The Pivot Podcast last year. "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."

Pointing out that they were in a relationship for five years, Kelce added, "A hundred dollars here, a hundred dollars there wasn't even thought about."

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For more insight on Kelce's past, read on for everything to know about the Kansas City Chiefs player.

He's a Family Man

Nothing beats the playful but protective bond between Travis Kelce and his big brother, Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce. Mom Donna Kelce and dad Ed Kelce are long divorced but the whole family is close and the parents systematically "divide and conquer," Ed told the Los Angeles Times, so at least one of them is at each of their sons' games.

Uncle Travis

Travis is also the "perfect uncle," according to Jason who shares daughters Wyatt, Elliotte and Bennett with his wife Kylie Kelce.

"My daughters, they're so drawn to him immediately—partly because he's gorgeous," Jason quipped to E! News at the premiere of the Prime Video documentary Kelce, "but then also he's just a fun human being. He's exciting. He has energy for days."

Though Travis' eldest niece might still need some convincing. In an adorable video Jason shared, Wyatt heatedly informs her uncle he is not allowed to have pink hair because, she tells him emphatically, "You're naughty and you're sneaky!" Sigh, but at least Travis may be able to win over Bennett, the moment he first held her captured for posterity in Kelce.

Travis Learned From His Timeouts

Travis has cited two "humbling" experiences from his past that made him realize there were more important things than just having a good time.

Growing up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Travis was booted from his high school football team after failing French, so he missed playing with Jason during his brother's senior year. And "even more embarrassing, when it means more," Travis recalled on the Jan. 10 episode of The Pivot podcast, the same thing happened at the University of Cincinnati when he was suspended for the entire 2010 season after testing positive for marijuana.

He felt like he'd embarrassed not just his family, but the whole community who'd supported him, he explained. So when it was time to work his way back onto the team (and switch from quarterback to tight end), "I had guidelines I had to go through," he recalled, "and it created routine and structure in my life that I hadn't taken serious up until that point. Once I found that routine, I began to use that in every aspect of my life."

Jason Kelce Has His Brother's Back

Travis made a triumphant return for the Bearcats and was named Tight End of the Year at the College Football Performance Awards after the 2012 season. But, despite thinking he'd be a high pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, he didn't get the call until the third round.

Ultimately it was Jason who put in a good word with incoming Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who'd worked with the elder Kelce brother on the Eagles and was willing to take a chance on the reputationally challenged Travis.

Knowing his sibling—who also let him move in when he lost his scholarship—vouched for him both in college and the NFL, Travis reflected to Vanity Fair this year, "I'm forever in debt to this guy for putting his name, our name, putting his honor on the line to get me another chance. When I say I owe it all to him, I really do."

Though they can all laugh about it now, Travis joking in his SNL monologue, "Just goes to show you, if you're bad at school and smoke weed, you can win the Super Bowl twice."

He's Got Big Post-Football Plans

Hosting SNL was a dream come true for Travis—who said at the very least he plans to play through his current contract, which ends in 2025—but he's only getting started when it comes to the wider world of non-sports entertainment. In addition to hosting the New Heights podcast with Jason and keeping his comedic chops sharp in commercials for State Farm and Campbell's Soup, he signed with Creative Artists Agency and has let it be known he's up for... well, we shall see.

"I don't know if what I want to do has really been done yet," he told Vanity Fair.

Sports broadcasting could certainly be in his future, Travis noting, "I could sit there, talk football, and make it relatable. I could get into the scheme of things. I could make it make sense to the people who are just now getting into it. And I could bring the juice."

The Kelces Aren't Matchmakers

Suffice it to say, Travis has a lot of people invested in his long-term happiness, but they've stayed out of his private life. Unless they're joking about it.

"Kylie infamously fell in love with me on Tinder, so maybe she can give you some tips," Jason teased Travis on the Sept. 6 episode of New Heights. Asked if she preferred mustache or no 'stache for his profile pic, Kylie advised her brother-in-law to keep his current facial hair, because "if they'd swipe right at your worst, then they'll love you at your best."

To which Travis replied, "That doesn't even hurt my feelings, this is smart. It's genius."

Who Caught Kelce?

Travis' Catching Kelce journey started with 50 potential love interests, one woman from each state. He dated his ultimate pick, Maya Benberry of Kentucky, for a few months.

"She's an absolutely wonderful girl," Travis told E! News of his then-secret girlfriend ahead of the series' premiere in October 2016. It was tough having to keep the outcome a secret, he said, but "I wouldn't have picked her if I didn't feel a certain way about her."

And yet he admitted he wasn't in a rush for the end zone. "I have always been the just let it roll [type]," he explained, "and take advantage of the opportunities when they come about. I've always been a very success-driven person, too, so I'm very focused on trying to get my career somewhere. That and I'm still getting to know her and, to be honest, marriage is a huge step that it takes a while to get to know you're ready for."

Maya said when all was revealed, "I just feel like the luckiest girl in the world. For that to be my man, and he's really my man now, it's just amazing that my dream guy is now mine!"

But the life coach and brand consultant isn't exactly rooting for Travis these days, telling DailyMail.com after Taylor Swift's cameo at his game, "Taylor seems like such a fun girl with a beautiful spirit so I wish her the best of luck but I wouldn't be a girls' girl if I didn't advise her to be smart! I'm sure by now she has mastered the ability to see who is really there for her—and who is just using her."

A Longer Run

Travis said recently on New Heights that "DMs can work every now and then" when it comes to meeting people, and he spoke from experience.

He made his presence known on influencer Kayla Nicole's Instagram in 2017, liking her photos and clicking through her Instagram Story. "I didn't just go through every single pic and just start liking it immediately," he assured E! News in February 2022. But she noticed him noticing her, Travis continued, "and then finally on New Year's, she gave in. And, you know, New Year, new me. She just shot her shot, jumped in my DMs and the rest is history."

Kayla was Travis' date to teammate Patrick Mahomes' March 12, 2022, wedding in Hawaii, but their relationship ended later that year.

"I'm in the free market right now," Travis said—regarding his personal life, because with pro athletes, one should specify—on The Pivot in January. "I'm out there just enjoying life, focused on my profession."

A Swift Recovery

Which brings us to Sept. 24, 2023, the latest step in the previously one-sided dance Travis had been doing for months.

With the Travilor (you're welcome) narrative already spiraling wildly out of hand, he said on The Pat McAfee Show Sept. 20 that he had invited Taylor to come watch him play—seeing as he'd already watched her play.

"So, we'll see what happens in the near future," Travis said, adding that the ball was "in her court," metaphors flying every which way. 

Four days later, Taylor—a professed Eagles fan—wore a Chiefs windbreaker and matching New Balance kicks and looked perfectly comfortable hanging out with Donna, so much so she uttered the "Let's f--king go!" deciphered 'round the world. Her condiment of choice is being bottled and sold, and Monday-morning quarterbacks have already mapped out Taylor and Travis' dueling schedules for the next six months.

So Is It Gonna Be Forever?

The pair were seen getting into Travis' 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle convertible at the stadium after the game and literally driving into the sunset. Romeo didn't take her somewhere they could be alone, but he saved a seat for her at the after-party.

Yet while you should definitely bet on the entire NFL's pun returns to reach record highs this season, don't expect to get much dirt from Team Kelce.

In a Sept. 20 radio interview, Jason said he thought the rumors Travis and Taylor were dating were "100 percent true," but he was 99 percent joking ("The guy is absolutely ridiculous," Travis said on The Pat McAfee Show, "please everybody stop asking my brother!"). And Mahomes said after the Sept. 24 game that he wasn't even sure if Travis was serious when he casually mentioned that Taylor was going to be there. 

"He told me at, like, the last minute," the Chiefs quarterback told reporters. "There are some things with Trav where he kind of just says it and you don't know if it's true or not."

A few days after it turned out to be true, Mahomes called Taylor "really cool, good people," speaking to reporters at the team facility. "But like Trav said, man, I'm going to let them have their privacy and just keep it moving."

Chief Concerns

"Nobody does anything crazy to get my attention as far as guys," Taylor lamented in a 2012 Extra interview (thank you, TikTokers, for the resurrection). "Like, I can't remember so I guess there hasn't been anything. Which is good, so it's easier, the bar is set really low for anyone I date in the future to come in and be, like, a great guy. I'll be like, 'Oh, you exist? This is so crazy!'"

Coincidentally, that's what many Swifties had to say about Travis, the rumored coupling triggering a debate between those convinced that Taylor put the eight-time Pro Bowl pick on the map and those who pay attention to football. 

But now we know what becomes of curious minds.

During the "No Dumb Questions" segment of the Sept. 27 episode of New Heights, which currently has 2 million views on YouTube, Jason and Travis received a few more rudimentary inquiries than usual, such as "What's a field goal?" from @ISaidSpeakNow and, per @TheMadWomanIsMe, "Do you throw the ball or run with it?"

"I did this to myself, Jason," Kelce acknowledged, referring to allll of it, from the paparazzi outside his house to the slo-mo replays of the action inside the visitors' suite. "I know this."

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