Russell Wilson and Ciara, plus Justin Verlander and Kate Upton: Sport’s biggest power couples after Travis Kelce was linked with Taylor Swift


Travis Kelce has been making waves this NFL season – but not for the reasons many would have expected. 

The all-world tight end missed the first game with bone bruising after hyperextending his knee at practice in the lead up. But, Kelce is still capturing the limelight. 

According to The Messenger, Kelce and pop icon Taylor Swift have been ‘quietly hanging out’ and met up in NYC in recent weeks. 

Should a pairing between Kelce and Swift ever eventuate into something more, it would further establish Kelce as one of football’s most pop-culturally transcendent athletes and certainly become the preeminent sports-adjacent power couple in America. 

With that in mind, Mail Sport delves into headliner couples, of past and present, involving an athlete across the U.S. 

Kelce has reportedly been hanging out with Taylor Swift and previously dated Kayla Nicole (R)

Russell Wilson and Ciara 

The Denver Broncos quarterback had a famous then-wife who became a meme when he was drafted to the Seahawks. He and Ashton Meem divorced in April 2014 after two years of marriage. 

Wilson began dating superstar singer Ciara in 2015 and became married in July 2016 at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England — because why not? 

Russ and Ciara share two kids — Sienna Princess, 6, and Win Harrison, 3 – while Wilson also has a stepson from Ciara’s previous relationship with rapper, Future — nine-year-old, Future Zahir.

Russ Wilson & Ciara have been dating since 2015 – both had previous high-profile relationships

They often appear on red carpets looking glamorous, reveling in their celebrity status

The pair lived in Bellevue, Washington before Wilson was traded to the Broncos in March 2022

Justin Verlander and Kate Upton 

The Astros right-hander may have struggled with the Mets earlier this season but he’s been doing a-okay off the field for some time now. 

Verlander began dating supermodel/actress Kate Upton back in 2014 before the pair became engaged in 2016. 

Two days following Houston’s 2017 World Series win, the pair were married in Italy. They share a daughter, Genevieve, who is now four years old. 

Justin Verlander kisses his partner, supermodel Kate Upton, after winning the World Series

Two days following Houston’s 2017 World Series win, the pair were married & share a daughter

The Kardashians

There perhaps aren’t enough hours in the day to log all of the interactions between the Kardashian/Jenner sisters and pro athletes.  Despite the wide variety, they have mostly stuck to basketball players – though of course, Kim dated former Heisman winner Reggie Bush between 2007-2009. 

Kim then went on to date brief Cowboys star Miles Austin in 2010 before tying the knot with NBA player Kris Humphries, whom she was married to for all of 72 days. 

Khloe Kardashian was once married to Lamar Odom, engaged to Tristan Thompson and in between dated James Harden for a matter of months. Thompson and Kardashian share a young daughter and son.

Kendall Jenner could put together a roster of her reported NBA-playing boyfriends that GMs dream about, or so the joke goes. It has made the rounds on social media but Jenner replied to one tweet citing D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Ben Simmons, Kyle Kuzma and Blake Griffin, saying it was just ‘2 out of 5.’

Those seem to be Griffin and Simmons, who had relationships with her prior to linking up with Suns star Devin Booker. The pair broke up late last year.

Kim Kardashian and former NBA player Kris Humphries famously were married for 72 days

The Kardashian sisters have dated NBA players including Tristan Thompson & Devin Booker

David and Victoria Beckham 

The original power couple in the sports world began dating in 1997 when she was known solely as Posh Spice, and not Mrs. Beckham. 

Their relationship came to be after Victoria attended a Manchester United game in the very same year. 

Dubbed ‘Posh and Becks’ by the English media, the pair tied the knot in 1999. They have four children together —  Brooklyn (24), Romeo (21), Cruz (18) and Harper Seven (12). 

The Beckhams have lived all over the globe and now reside in Miami where David part-owns MLS club, Inter Miami.   

The original power couple in the sports world began dating in 1997 and now live in Miami, FL.

David and Victoria Beckham together during a charity premiere in London on February 7, 2000


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