Travis Kelce’s old tweets reveal a chill, unproblematic bro who can’t spell

As I’m fond of saying, Taylor Swift’s fanbase is the largest investigative body in the world. Taylor has tens of millions of dedicated fans who have spent years studying Taylor’s complicated web of Easter eggs, lyrics, interviews, photos, liner notes, shoes, and much, much more. They track her private planes. They document every single scrap of every one of her relationships. They develop complicated, evidence-based theories about her sexuality. One of the darkest parts of the Swifties-as-detectives is that they go too far all the time and apply those “investigative” skills to people adjacent to Taylor. Doxxing and harassment of snake enemies, cruelty towards Taylor’s boyfriends’ exes, making The Kid Mero get the FBI involved when the Swifties threatened his kids. Matt Healy still hasn’t recovered from the Swifties finding all of his sh-tty, racist behavior.

Well, the Swifties have spent a lot of time and effort looking through Travis Kelce’s Twitter account. Travis has been on Twitter since September 2009, when he was just shy of 20 years old. The Swifties found all of his old tweets from his early 20s. For most men, this would be a journey to the darkest parts of their lives – their social media habits before they were famous, before anyone cared, before they were dating one of the most famous women in the world. But this story has a happy ending, because Travis Kelce was a hilarious tweeter back in the day and the dude was shockingly unproblematic for a guy that age in 2009-11. Either that or he deleted all of the problematic tweets long, long ago. Update: It looks like that milkshake-ducked pretty quickly – the Daily Beast reports that Travis and his people deleted all of his most problematic tweets in recent weeks, stuff about “ugly women” and fatphobic sh-t.

Some of my favorites of the Vintage Trav Collection are: misspelling everything, his love of Chipotle, his Zen-like approach to nature. The Swifties think Travis is THE Golden Retriever Boyfriend and I have to agree.

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  1. Libra says:

    Verbally ungifted

  2. Jane says:

    I don’t think I could enjoy him more if he were a fictional character created entirely for my own amusement.

    • Barbara says:

      He’s both extremely hot and ridiculously adorable. The Chris Evans of the sports world.

    • Lucy says:

      I have been howling laughing about these 😂. He really is a golden retriever 😂. A happy guy doing happy guy things, and playing with squirrels.

      I listened to the podcast with his brother yesterday, and Jason rated the other finalists for sexiest man. He said Timothee Chamalet doesn’t do anything for him, he thinks he’s cute not sexy. I laughed out loud on the treadmill in the gym 😂

      • HoneyC says:

        I’ve watched some youtube shorts of the Kelce bros’ podcast, and Jason is clearly the superior brother. I think someone described him as honor student + band geek + student athlete combo. He’s so funny, nerdy and adorable (his description of the Twilight movies, him sorting NFL players into Hogwarts houses are super delightful!).

  3. Laura says:

    There were a few problematic ones- where he talked about how your girl shouldn’t weigh more than you and I think one or two others making fun of fat people.

    • Lucy says:

      Yeah…the fatphobic tweets are pretty shitty. Not surprised they weren’t considered as such here.

    • Roast says:

      Honestly, if this is the worst that can be dragged up on this dude, he’s a friggin’ saint. And this is coming from someone who is currently clinically obese, and have been for most of my 54 years (some of my earliest memories are of attending Weight Watchers meetings).

      • Ameerah M says:

        He’s a serial cheater. Most definitely NOT. a saint.

      • Lucy says:

        It’s time we stop giving men a pass for barely clearing the bar…which is in hell at this point.

      • Arizona says:

        @Lucy I don’t think a few crappy tweets about weight from a 20 year old in 2009 is him barely clearing the bar.

        I certainly wouldn’t want my Internet history dredged up. I’ve been using various platforms since I was 14, and I know I said a lot of ignorant and stupid things. I’m the same age as Taylor and Travis, and I certainly don’t think/say/tweet a lot of things I would have at 20. we do also need to allow for growth. I’m guessing he wouldn’t say those things now.

        and if that’s the worst of his tweets, it’s extremely tame.

      • Lucy says:

        @Arizona Two things: 1) They aren’t the worst of his tweets and 2) I’m focusing on WHY people in *these comments* are hand waving the away “crappy tweets about weight” today in 2023, demonstrating that internalized fatphobia is alive and well, not “extremely tame”.

      • bluhare says:

        He had his team deleting old tweets and other social media so he looks pristine. Y’all want him to be America’s sweetheart’s sweetheart so bad.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        Yes. The tweets about your girl weighing more than you are wrong. One of the tweets was about him finding out that he was judging people and recognizing he was doing it. Donna Kelce is not a stick bug. Jason Kelce is not a stick bug. The best I’m coming up with is that TK made some ignorant tweets over 13/14 years ago when he may have been a complete, ignorant dumbass in his early twenties. There is nothing to suggest that is who he is today. I’m pretty sure that his teammates that carry more weight(literally & figuratively) have schooled him in/on his younger nonsense.

        @bluhare, Huh? We don’t need Travis Kelce to be anyone’s anything. Most of us are seeing it as a fun distraction much like John Oliver’s campaign for the puteketeke(sp). Which won.

  4. Barrett says:

    OMG. She’s into song writing and he cant spell. The foreshadowing of a good breakup or I find you amusing and this works even in the long run?

    • Lucy says:

      From stuff he and his brother have said, Travis and his dad are most likely dyslexic and no one ever did anything about it. I don’t think that should be held against him

      • AnneL says:

        This makes sense, because he apparently had to work extra hard to memorize his lines on SNL as well. He’s reasonably well-spoken and seems to have a healthy dose of emotional intelligence. Some type of cognitive learning challenge seems likely to me.

    • SophieJara says:

      Yah it doesn’t mean it can’t work. My husband has a lot of trouble with speech and hearing, and I love writing / lyrics / discussion, but we are still very happy.

  5. Chloe says:

    Somebody on twitter said that she wanted Taylor to date a himbo instead of scrawny literate boys and it seems like Tay has done just that and it’s going fine so

  6. lucky says:

    LOLZ. I am a terrible speller and love the freedom he feels to let his freak flag fly. Also, I think he was spelling ‘squirrely’ in a funny way rather than a blatant mis-spell?

    • Christine says:

      I am AWESOME at spelling, and I can absolutely say, with CONVICTION, that Travis is thrilled, and not remotely worried about how to spell.

      Live your best life, Kids.

      Am I the only one singing “Me!”, right now??

  7. Osty says:

    He also loves his naps , dude tweeted about napping for days 😀😀😀😀😀

  8. Ref says:

    Wait, I’m confused. I just read another article where he had an insane amount of terrible tweets. Like fatphobia, used slurs, and was homophobic.

    • Lucy says:

      This part. That’s the actual conversation we should be having.

    • OriginalLaLa says:

      yeah I saw that as well – why aren’t we discussing those?

      • Scarlett says:

        @OriginalLaLa …Because it doesn’t fit the narrative of an All American Football Star meeting the singer, them falling in love and living happily ever after. Cue the awwww.

        Clearly Taylor has a type and no that’s not a compliment. Shades of Matt Healy 2.0, just switch out racist, misogynist for fat phobic.

    • Nikomikaelx says:

      Where did you see those? Have seen people talking about the tweets on twitter all day, but nothing about slurs or homophobia?
      There were couple bad taste jokes about larger people, but i wouldnt call it fatphobia.(Ofcourse i could have missed tweets, so my current statement is based on the tweets that i did see.)

      • Snideysense says:

        Because people now need to find fault with and villainize everyone, even if it’s a few sort-of shitty tweets from a college kid 13 years ago. And, as we know, people are incapable of change so what they said when they were 20, they undoubtedly still believe in their kid-30s.

        Seriously, can we stop this, please? It’s exhausting.

      • Ref says:

        @Snideysense – can we please understand the difference between villainizing/cancelling people and calling out previous bad behavior? Because it was 13 years ago we no longer can talk about it, because now there’s a statute of limitations? I’m not trying to cancel anyone or expecting Taylor to dump him, but I am sick of people not even wanting to TALK about past terrible behavior. The rush to say this guy is now a good person (is he?) so let’s give him a pass for saying terrible things about fat people and the gay community, and using slurs when he was in his twenties?! Can we stop giving white men the excuse that they can be absolutely terrible people when they are young adults because that’s just how people were (no they weren’t, I’m his age) and the fear of “cancelling” men we like and find charming. It’s exhausting and hurtful to the people they were making fun of. THAT’S exhausting. Seriously, can we please stop?

      • Erin says:

        @Ref- I’m with you, I saw those same awful fat phobic tweets along with the r word tweet. That word, homophobia and fat phobia has been unacceptable for more than just 10 years but yeah, he’s so cute now let’s just ignore it. My husband and plenty of other men I know never spoke like that even in their 20’s. I’m down with accepting people change and I love that he’s out there repping for the covid vaccine but yeah it’s quiet white that everyone wants to pretend they know he’s a changed man and give it a pass.

      • bluhare says:

        Because his team did clean up on Aisle Kelce.

    • Myeh says:

      I saw the fat phobic misogynistic tweets screenshots being justified as well boys will be boys… As in guys in their teens and twenties thinking and acting like that should be normalized and it’s acceptable because look at how amazing, hardworking, successful and dating America’s sweetheart he is now. What a load of bunk. Same ol’ white patriarchal privileged at play framing the narrative as usual.

      • AnneL says:

        I’m not OK with the fat-phobic tweets. I think his mother raised him right and would probably have scolded him thoroughly if she had seen them. At the same time, I’m enjoying this cheesy romance. It’s a welcome distraction from all of the crappy news out there, so I’m not going to get fussed about a 20-year-old college football player being a bit of a jerk on Twitter a dozen years ago.

    • Lux says:

      Not surprised and not impressed (the misspellings scream, “got into college on a sports scholarship”). I don’t think he should be crucified but he’s just never struck me as someone who was extremely bright. Maybe he became a better person; maybe he is just that shallow.

      I think there are more problems ahead. Him giving a play-by-play of their time in Argentina…does Taylor actually want that? This is some Real Housewife type of thirst/over-sharing. It’s more extreme than any ex she’s ever had…I mean it’s cute when things are good now, but if they hit a rough patch, isn’t she a bit scared about how that will play out, “podcast”-wise? A guy who’s always ready with a quip will also be ready with one about you.

      • Smalltowngirl says:

        His 87 and Running charity website talks about how he struggled in school and that is one of the inspirations for his charity and helping kids in similar situations who don’t have sports to fall back on.

        As for the Argentina trip, he did ‘t mention a single thing that wasn’t already publically know (and specifically stated that was his bar). Also, when along about the postponement it was almost like he was acting as a mouth piece for her because he stresses how much she hated cancelling the concert, etc.

  9. Ashley says:

    There was like, max 4 jokes about fat people. If that’s the only problematic thing people can find, he’s safe in my book lol. He tweeted those over 12 years ago, in a time when we all said things that most people could consider offensive now. Lucky for Travis, he’s at least a decent person & the rest of his old tweets actually makes him endearing lol

    • Nikomikaelx says:

      Yeah, i really dont think couple stupid jokes about larger people12 years ago, is the same as people being homophobic, racist etc.

      • Snideysense says:

        Exactly. The race to make everyone some big bad evil is getting exhausting. There are enough things going on to be enraged about. This is not it.

      • Megan says:

        I think it’s easy to look back now with todays lens and be critical of what was acceptable then (as we should) but 1) i think if we don’t accept that people make mistakes and can grow from them, we don’t encourage people to change and be better and 2) I truly don’t think Travis today thinks or says those things.

        I grew up in an affluent area, and lived a pretty privileged life. I’m a mixed race woman who has always considered myself liberal but still had to spend years unpacking my internalized misogyny and racism.

        People can grow and change. And by all evidence, Travis seems to have.

    • Lucy says:

      But pointing out that “jokes” like that ARE problematic NOW is important for the young people that idolize him and his girlfriend. That should be discussed and that’s why I’m giving the shoulder shrugging about it side eye.

    • Hillary says:

      Her tween fan base might be a tad unhinged but her adult haters are way more insane, so say a prayer for him because some just want anything in her vicinity to burn.

  10. K. Tate says:

    I don’t care about someone’s tweets from 2009. Most people have done the same if not worse.(MySpace was a hot mess once I read my kids stuff.) In most instances, reading through someone’s tweets and finding OLD problematic ones is a sign of growth.

  11. K says:

    I am a horrible texter/typist but an excellent speller. It’s a techno aged curse. Maybe he’s the same? Although that doesn’t explain sqiurle. Lmao.

  12. Normades says:

    I think dude also liked smoking pot in the day which makes snacking, napping and playing with squirrels a given.

  13. Plums says:

    Was surprised to see this article because fauxmoi has had a huge thread about the fatphobic stuff from 2010 for the past couple days.

    General consensus seemed to be that given how terrible it *could* have been (hi, Matty), the comments were so average by comparison for a midwest college football bro in 2010 that it’s not worth really freaking out over enough for swifites. I’m frankly surprised they had to dig so far back before they found something definitively shitty, tbh.

    Honestly it says more about how alive and well faphobia is in our culture that her fans would rather ignore or shrug at this.

    • Lucy says:

      Right – great time for a conversation about WHY folks are hand waving away these jokes. Just because they “aren’t as bad” (which…okay) doesn’t explain why they “aren’t a big deal.”

      I had to take a good long break from this website because of anti-fat garbage, up to any including being told I can’t possibly be healthy and I’m as bad as a smoker etc by folks whose names I still see… and here we are again.

      • Twin Falls says:

        Probably because the guy he is now doesn’t say those things even though he’s on a podcast with plenty of opportunity to put his foot in it if that’s still how he thought.

        I imagine the guy he is now is embarrassed for the guy he was then.
        I think that’s why most people aren’t carrying pitchforks over decade old tweets.

      • Lucy says:

        Maybe he’s embarrassed by it, but that’s not what my comment was about. I think we need to have a conversation about why we’re willing to give fatphobia a pass in these comments, today. That isn’t carrying a pitchfork – it’s pointing out what folks here are saying today. Speaks volumes.

      • Elo says:

        They are hand waved away and not a big deal because it was over a decade ago. What’s the point in growth and change if people will crucify you for a decades old faux pas?
        What would you want to happen ideally to rectify this for you?

  14. so says:

    I think he might have a type of learning disability / dyslexia, because he apparently has a lot of trouble reading also.

  15. Normades says:

    Charles Melton who is in the running for a best supporting Oscar nom also had his fat phobic tweet scandal. Interested to see how his PR team deals with this as we go into awards season or if it’s already been forgotten and buried.

  16. Twin Falls says:

    Color me shocked: an American male athlete who stared in his own tv dating show objectifies women lol.

    I am surprised his socials weren’t scrubbed sooner.

  17. AnneL says:

    I think he got in trouble in college for smoking pot and almost lost his spot on the team. Some of these tweets seem at least partly weed-induced to me, lol. The one about the moon and the squirrel, especially.

    Anyway, the tweets are a hoot! I am now picturing younger Travis chilling on a bench in the moonlight, throwing food to animals and cracking himself up.

  18. K-Peace says:

    “Unproblematic”?!? You guys must not be seeing the same stuff that i saw yesterday, that was posted on Reddit. He said horrible stuff about women’s appearances, about overweight people, and used a slur that should never be said (“R” word referring to mentally-disabled people which i hate—i’m autistic and have been taunted with that word as has my also-autistic daughter). Maybe i’m an overly-sensitive prude but i was disgusted by the stuff i read. I don’t care that he was “only 23” when he wrote it. Decent people DON’T say stuff like that, let alone tweet it out for the whole world to read.

    I was also shocked & appalled at how abominably bad his spelling & grammar was. YIKES.

    He came across as a sexist, rude, entitled, judgemental, condescending, dumb meathead. Yuck. I don’t understand why the world is swooning over this guy. He’s about as appealing as a bowl of plain oatmeal. But then again i don’t get all the adoration for Taylor Swift either. I can’t stand her music, her carefree destruction of our environment, her greed (milking her fans dry of their money), her “mean girl” attitude, or her lack of singing talent (and bland cheesey songs).

    • michyk says:

      yeah, not a lot being said about use of the r-word. which, no, people in their 20s 10 years ago weren’t just casually saying that all the time. i get why nobody cares about the fat-shaming (cause literally no one has ever cared about the feelings of fat people; it’s the easiest form of discrimination to brush off and be apathetic about). but i’m kind of surprised swifties don’t care about the ‘breeder’ bit from earlier this year (not 10 years ago). february this year he said he was looking for a breeder and ready for breeding. so that’s great. i kind of find the guy charming in his big-lugness (and i think he’s super cute, and they’re cute together i guess), but i don’t really like when men use farm stock terminology for women. it’s gross.

      • Kate says:

        I think 10 years ago people absolutely were saying that word casually all the time. And some of the people I know who did regularly use that word now regularly tell people it’s not acceptable when they hear it. Should people have always known it was offensive and not used that word? Yes, of course. But I do think that the intent was different 10 years ago – it was casual and (often) not intended to be offensive. And now people have woken up to the impact of that word and how hurtful it can be, and so the usage has decreased a lot.

      • AnneL says:

        As I said below, I really think you need to take the breeder comments in context. They were made jokingly. It wasn’t very funny and he shouldn’t have used that term even in jest, but the guy is clearly not looking to keep some woman barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. If he wanted that, he wouldn’t be dating Taylor Swift.

    • R says:

      Man, I’m so sorry you and your daughter have to deal with all that. Sending you all the good vibes you need. You’re totally in your right to feel what you feel about him. It’s not overly sensitive. Some insults and some slurs are just too ingrained in trauma. Again, sending you and your daughter all the good vibes, take care!

    • KASalvy says:

      He is being massively whitewashed. People have been cancelled for less but honestly, because he’s dating “America’s sweetheart” (ICK) it’s getting swept aside.

      Not a Taylor fan (sorry, she thrives on the attention and drama and is an undercover mean girl) and everything I know about her I’ve learned against my will. Same with her dating life. Let her date whoever just stop glorifying it.

  19. elle says:

    Taylor’s PR team hit it out of the park on this one. She’s American’s Sweetheart again after the Matt Healy disaster.

  20. Lucía says:

    Many people who were at night 2 in Argentina saw him and greeted him. Apparently he was very kind to everyone.

  21. Hillary says:

    Matty Healy shouldn’t recover until the victims in the videos he paid for, supported & enjoyed are FULLY recovered. Let’s not make him a victim of TS, but rather keep the accountability on his actions so he’s not propped up & thriving by her haters :/

  22. bettyrose says:

    As someone said above, the bar is in hell for white men, especially a tall, athletic, rich white guy. If I found out my partner said things like that in college, I’d be pretty irritated. Why are college coaches not giving advice on this kinda thing? Locker room talk doesn’t belong on the internet. I’m guessing sorority girls (also known for casual cruelty) who are planning future careers as socialites are given some kind of advising not to go public with it.

    • HoneyB says:

      It isn’t just white men. The music of today is still very fatphobic, and it isn’t just the white dudes. I don’t know why some many musicians get the pass. Especially the one that target younger audiences.

      Teenagers and college students of today are still quick to make fun of fat people and those with learning disabilities. I think many of us live in a bubble of our own making when we assume the next generation has eliminated the faults of the previous generation. If you try correct them, they are quick to pull our the “you’re a Karen” card.

  23. Turkeylurkey says:

    I guess Donna Kelce is okay with her sons calling women breeders because it doesn’t sound like she corrected him:

    On his podcast with his brother in February, Kelce made jokes about starting a family of his own, saying he needed to “find a breeder.”
    “I gotta start breeding. I’ve gotta start breeding, to all the breeders out there,” Kelce said, to which his mother Donna replied, “Wait until you find the right person. Find the right person.”
    “I’m gonna find a breeder,” Kelce continued, “and I’m gonna get kids so that mom can love me again.”

    As for the fat phobia remarks, I bet the posters who are saying no big deal are the same ones who pretended to support Lizzo and her body positivity movement. Now we know what they really think.

    • AnneL says:

      The “breeder” comments were joking, though.

      They were talking about which brother was her favorite (she also has another, older son BTW), and Jason said he was because he’d given her grandchildren. So Travis said “oops, guess I need to find a breeder and start breeding so Mom can love me again.” He could have worded it better but he definitely wasn’t being serious. They’re always ribbing each other on that podcast.

      Travis has been asked in interviews what he is looking for in a partner, and he said he wants someone who has her own ambitions and career. That seems to be part of what attracted him to Taylor. I mean, if the guy wanted a Trad Wife to stay at home, birth his babies and cheer him on, he could find one very easily and not have to deal with everything that comes with dating a busy, ambitious pop star.

  24. olliesmom says:

    LOL. His tweets compared to the lyrics that she writes. The comparison to what is going on in each of their brains and thoughts.

    He’s just a simple man who is easily amused.

    I hope that she doesn’t think that she’s going to fix him.

  25. Onomo says:

    if you want to see the worse tweets and how he really thinks about women, mentally disabled people try Reddit fauxmoi.

    Yes people can apologize evolve – and That means changed behavior. Haven’t seen him showing he respects fat or “ugly” women or mentally r****** people so I don’t know why we would think he has changed?

    Also Taylor’s a billionaire so she’ll be ok. But it’s hilarious how her fan base acts like he’s the perfect man bc he fell for their queen

  26. J.Ferber says:

    Many footballers can’t spell. Once saw a note Tom Brady wrote to himself: “Exercise toe’s.” As an English teacher, that drove me mad. It seems no one knows how to use the apostrophe and in the future I think it will disappear from the English language.