Renowned singer and talk show host Kelly Clarkson has taken a stand against the NFL’s increasing focus on celebrity relationships, particularly that of Taylor Swift and Chiefs’ player Travis Kelce. Clarkson expressed her concerns, noting that the attention given to Swift and Kelce’s relationship is diverting the focus of NFL broadcasts from the game to celebrity gossip, likening football watching to reality TV network Bravo.
The criticism comes in light of incidents such as Swift and Kelce attending an episode of “Saturday Night Live” together, where Swift even introduced the musical guest, Ice Spice. Swift’s frequent appearances at Chiefs games, her features in broadcasts, and discussions by commentators have drawn significant attention. The NFL’s Twitter bio even humorously changed to “NFL (Taylor’s Version)” after one of her game attendances. Reports indicate that Kelce’s seriousness about the relationship was underscored by his purchase of a $6 million mansion for privacy.
Despite the spike in viewership due to Swift’s presence, the NFL reportedly plans to steer the focus back to the sport. The clash between the allure of celebrity involvement and the essence of the game itself continues to stir conversations both on and off the field.