Why Did Travis Kelce and Kayla Nicole Break Up? A Look at Their Relationship

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and journalist/influencer Kayla Nicole dated on and off for five years. Why did they break up?

Tatayana Yomary - Author

Oct. 3 2023, Updated 12:37 p.m. ET

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Fans of the NFL sports world are likely familiar with the names Travis Kelce and Kayla Nicole. The Kansas City Chiefs tight end and the journalist/fitness influencer began dating in 2017 and were on and off for five years.

The pair briefly split in August 2020 due to vicious cheating rumors, then rekindled their romance in December 2020 and seemed to be thick as thieves until their May 2022 breakup.

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Couples break up every day, and celebrities are no exception. However, when your relationship is in the limelight, it’s easy for rumors to spread about its demise. After some disparaging rumors about Kayla and Travis’s finances began circulating following their breakup, Kayla and Travis both decided to set the record straight.

So, why did Travis Kelce and Kayla Nicole call it quits? Here’s the 4-1-1.

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Why did Travis Kelce and Kayla Nicole break up?

In a May 27, 2022, Barstool Sports article, the outlet alleged that Kayla broke things off with the tight end due to Travis supposedly putting a 50/50 rule in place. The article alleged that Travis made Kayla go halfsies on every "bill, dinner, trip, etc."

“Travis is very cheap,” a friend of Kayla’s reportedly told the site. “In the beginning, he tried to make Kayla ‘prove’ that she wasn’t with him for the money ... so she had to pay half of everything. Half of every date, every trip, everything.” Interestingly, the article goes on to share that Kayla allegedly only received $100 from Travis during their relationship.

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Listen, whether couples decide to go halfsies with one another is solely their choice, but we have a hard time believing that this was Travis and Kayla’s reality. After all, Travis is a millionaire who was in love with Kayla.

Kayla got wind of the rumors and quickly took to Twitter to set things straight.

“Not sure where y’all got this nonsense from, but it’s absurd and very false,” Kayla tweeted on May 28, 2022.

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Travis also set these rumors straight later on in January 2023, when he told The Pivot Podcast (per People): "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 .... we were in a relationship for five years. A hundred dollars here, a hundred dollars there wasn't even thought about."

In the end, it remains unclear why exactly Travis and Kayla split, and it appears both parties are remaining mum about it.

Interestingly, in October 2023, Kayla reportedly unfollowed Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and his wife Brittany after they were seen out with Taylor Swift — aka Travis's new lady love.

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Were Travis Kelce and Kayla Nicole engaged? Rumors once made their rounds.

It’s no secret that celebrity couples are always on marriage watch. And since Travis and Kayla dated for five years, it’s no surprise that fans were hoping that the two would have tied the knot.

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In fact, SideAction reports that Travis and Kayla engagement rumors made their rounds throughout April 2021 on social media. Fan tweets suggested that the NFL star popped the question. Additionally, Kayla posted a photo on Instagram in early April 2021 of her wearing a diamond ring, which further fueled the rumors. However, the pair has never confirmed or denied the gossip.

We wish both Travis and Kayla all the best in their new relationships going forward!

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