Travis Kelce’s ex-girlfriend Maya Benberry has issued a stark warning to Taylor Swift to stay vigilant amid her budding new romance with the NFL hunk, after previously accusing him of being unfaithful during their short-lived relationship.
Benberry, 31, dated the Kansas City Chiefs tight end for several months after winning his E! dating reality series Catching Kelce in 2016.
However, they soon split and the reality star went on to accuse the Super Bowl champ of cheating on her when he embarked on his next relationship with sports broadcaster Kayla Nicole in a series of now-deleted tweets.
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com about her ex’s headline-grabbing connection with superstar singer Swift, Benberry warned: ‘Once a cheater always a cheater.’
Travis Kelce’s ex-girlfriend Maya Benberry has warned Taylor Swift to stay vigilant amid her budding romance with the NFL hunk
Kelce and Swift confirmed dating rumors after they were pictured together following the NFL tight end’s game at Arrowhead stadium on Sunday
She said: ‘Taylor seems like such a fun girl with a beautiful spirit so I wish her the best of luck but I wouldn’t be a girls’ girl if I didn’t advise her to be smart!
‘I’m sure by now she has mastered the ability to see who is really there for her – and who is just using her.’
The marketing and brand consulting expert continued: ‘I can only hope that she comes out the teacher in this situation and not the student.’
Benberry, who also works as a life coach, said she can only share advice based on ‘the man that I knew him to be when we dated’, before adding: ‘Only time will tell but like the saying always goes, once a cheater, always a cheater.’
Benberry starred in E! dating reality series, Catching Kelce, alongside 49 other women as contestants from all 50 states competed for the NFL player’s affection and love.
The two only dated for a few months following the show’s end before they went their separate ways.
Soon after, the TV personality accused the professional sports star of cheating on her in a series of since-deleted tweets.
Benberry appeared to slam Kelce’s new romance with Kayla Nicole, claiming that there was overlap with their relationship.
Benberry, 31, dated the Kansas City Chiefs player for several months after winning his E! dating reality series Catching Kelce in 2016
However, they soon split and the reality star went on to accuse the Super Bowl champ of cheating on her
Benberry exclusively told DailyMail.com: ‘I wouldn’t be a girls girl if I didn’t advise her to BE SMART!!!… I can only hope that she comes out the teacher in this situation and not the student’
‘When you and your ex broke up five months ago but you find out via social media that he’s supposedly been in another relationship for 6…’ she allegedly wrote.
Kelce, who dated Nicole on and off between 2017 and 2022, never spoke publicly about the claims made by Maya. He was also faced with allegations of infidelity during a brief breakup with Nicole in 2020.
‘This is fake news… a lie… and not why Kayla and I broke up… take all your hatred somewhere else please,’ he said at the time.
Now, Kelce has seemingly moved on with Swift. Talk of their romance first started when Travis revealed on New Heights, the podcast he hosts with his brother and fellow NFL star Jason, 35, that he had hoped to get the Cruel Summer singer’s attention at her KC concert via a friendship bracelet with his phone number on it.
Unfortunately Taylor had left the stadium before he could get it to her, but she found out about it after the conversation went public.
As speculation began to grow, his brother Jason — who plays for the Philadelphia Eagles — stoked the flames further during an interview on Audacy’s 94WIP Midday Show.
Swift was sat with Travis Kelce’s mom, Donna, to cheer him on during Kansas City Chiefs’ NFL game on Sunday
The Eagles center told the hosts that: ‘I don’t really know a lot about Travis’ love life. I try to keep his business kind of his business, stay out of that world.’
He then added: ‘Having said that, man, I think they’re doing great and I think it’s all 100 percent true, and I hope this thing goes a mile — no, I’m joking, I don’t know what’s happening.’
Shortly after, Travis addressed romance rumors that had begun circulating between him and Swift during an interview on The Pat McAfee Show.
The host brought up the speculation that was ‘being talked about by the whole entire world right now’.
The professional NFL star admitted to McAfee: ‘It’s life, baby. I threw it out there, I threw the ball in her court.’
Clearly his invitation did the job as the Bad Blood hitmaker was seen getting into the game as the Kansas City Chiefs battled the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
She gleefully cheered on her rumored boyfriend as she joined his mother, Donna, in the stands in a special VIP section.
The Grammy winner sported a red and white-colored ensemble to show her support for the recent Super Bowl champions and appeared to be having a blast with Kelce’s mom as they shouted and cheered on the team and tight end.
The pair then left the stadium together in his vintage convertible and proceeded to hang out at a private afterparty at Prime Social Rooftop in Kansas City.
Any relationship between the two busy professionals would have to be long distance.
The Bad Blood hitmaker was seen getting into the game as she hung with Kelce’s box at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium
The pair then left the stadium together in his vintage convertible and proceeded to hang out at a private afterparty as Prime Social Rooftop in Kansas City
The Grammy winner is scheduled to continue more shows on the South American legs of her Eras tour through November 26.
She is set to head to Asia, Australia and Europe beginning in February 2024 with scheduled dates through August.
Travis and the Chiefs are set to tackle weekly games through to at least January 7, and if the season goes well, could vie for another Super Bowl victory in February.
Taylor is currently enjoying a break from her Eras Tour following a whirlwind few months travelling across America and the UK, with a South American leg coming up in November.
Interestingly, the first date back – November 9 in Buenos Aires, Argentina – is the exact week Kelce will be away from the NFL during the Chiefs’ bye week.
That has raised the possibility that, should their relationship still be ongoing in a month’s time, he would be available to travel to South America with his new lover.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Kelce’s representatives for comment.