Taylor Swift opens up on Travis Kelce relationship, how she’s ‘been missing out’ on

Taylor Swift’s All-American persona has helped propel her from the bleachers into the stratosphere of pop culture.

This year, she embraced a key element of being Miss Americana: football.

The pop superstar has attended five NFL games this season to cheer on her boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.

In her TIME Person of the Year cover story published Wednesday, Swift shared some thoughts on embracing the sport.

“Football is awesome, it turns out,” she said. “I’ve been missing out my whole life.”

Kelce and Swift made their first public appearance together in Week 3 after she attended her first game at Arrowhead Stadium. She sat in a suite next to Kelce’s mom, Donna, and cheered him on as the Chiefs beat the Chicago Bears.

Swift, a former Philadelphia Eagles fan, said that she and the All-Pro tight end were already together at that point. She said his attempts to give her his phone number via a friendship bracelet at her Eras Tour show, which he detailed on his New Heights podcast, is what initiated their connection. She thought the gesture “was metal as hell.”

We started hanging out right after that,” she said. “So we actually had a significant amount of time that no one knew, which I’m grateful for, because we got to get to know each other. By the time I went to that first game, we were a couple. I think some people think that they saw our first date at that game? We would never be psychotic enough to hard launch a first date.”