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Travis Kelce, the Kansas City Chiefs’ tight end, is the latest NFL player to kneel during the national anthem. He joins other athletes across the league who are taking a stand against President Donald Trump’s tweets against protesting NFL players.

President Donald Trump rebuked athletes, especially NFL players, for taking a stand by kneeling during the national anthem before games in a long Twitter rant Sunday (September 24). While more expressed solidarity with their fellow players, Kansas City Chiefs’ tight end, Travis Kelce became a prominent player to kneel during the national anthem on Sunday before playing against the Los Angeles Chargers. Kelce is being lauded by the Twitterverse as being the first prominent white NFL player to join the protest. He has often voiced his support for players protesting during games through tweets, but this is the first time he joined the foray. But Twitterati added Travis Kelce’s girlfriend, Kayla Nicole, an African-American woman, in the mix too. Here’s what you need to know about her in Kayla Nicole’s wiki.

#1. She Caught Kelce

The Chiefs’ tight end was the star of a Bachelor-esque reality show, Catching Kelce in 2016 where hopeful women from every state competed to be Kelce’s girlfriend. At the end of the show, he chose a woman named Maya Benberry from Kentucky to be his girlfriend. But their relationship didn’t last.

Kelce and Benberry confirmed their break-up in January this year, and five months later, Kelce appeared to have moved on. He posted a picture on Instagram of him attending teammate Jeremy Maclin’s wedding with a new, gorgeous woman.


The Internet went wild with speculation, especially since she was his plus one to a teammate’s wedding. Kelce’s fans soon found out that his date to Maclin’s wedding was Kayla Nicole. Information on Nicole, like her age and family, is scarce. But she does have a large Instagram following.

"The camera baby…" #MACtrimony17 #WeddingSeason

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#2. She’s an Instagram Celebrity

According to her Instagram bio, Nicole lives in L.A. and her only connection to Kansas City is Kelce. She graduated from Pepperdine University in California and followed a path to Internet fame.


Her bio reads, “professional converser. model at request. Entertainment Journalist | On-Air Talent └A.” She’s one of the many rising stars on Instagram with her glamorous pictorials that garnered over 52.3k followers! She’s seen modeling Lilly’s Kloset and Bellen Brand among her many Instagram pictorials.


she never wanted the attention of many-just one.

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She also takes to Instagram to support her man. Even though they live in different cities, Nicole is not afraid to sport his Kansas City jersey with her pup. And Kelce makes use of his off-time by spending it with his girlfriend. They have dates to NBA games and also go zip-lining with Kelce’s friends. Not only have they shown their chemistry on her Instagram, she also sends him love when he’s away.

favorite hello, hardest goodbye. ? #throwbacknothursday

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#3. She’s a Fashionista

Besides modeling, Nicole was an entertainment journalist. She worked with the fashion website, Fashion Reverie, but most recently has taken her style expertise to HotNewHipHop.

hell of a catch.

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She also has a YouTube channel where you can see her many interviews of celebs and models at New York Fashion Week. Nicole could fit right in with those celebs with her impeccable style as she caught up with the likes of designer Jordan Lewis, Real Housewife Luann De Lesseps, and Dance Mom Kelly Hyland.

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