What happens when love blossoms between a sports star and musician?

Gerard Pique is suffering the ‘curse of Shakira’, Ashley and Cheryl Cole weren’t as lucky as their lottery advert – now it’s power couple Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift’s turn to see what happens when love blossoms between a sports star and musician

  • Gerard Pique has had diss tracks written about him and businesses fail after split
  • Taylor Swift has now reportedly moved into Travis Kelce’s $6M Kansas mansion
  • Why it’s NEVER OK to cheer in the press box (even if England win the World Cup!) – Listen here to It’s All Kicking Off 

Since legendary baseball player Joe DiMaggio married Marilyn Monroe in 1954, the worlds of showbiz and sport have been constantly intertwining.

From the likes of Victoria and David Beckham’s relationship to Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez’s former fling, it appears sports stars are well and truly as big as movie stars these days. 

And no sport and music crossover has garnered more attention in recent weeks than the blossoming relationship between NFL star Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift. 

However, things aren’t always as rosy-looking as they might appear when both these worlds collide.

Looking at the recent ‘curse’ fans are saying Shakira has put on Gerard Pique after their split and how Ashley and Cheryl Cole’s marriage came crashing down – could these be cautionary tales for Kelce and Swift’s budding romance?

Cheryl and Ashley Cole’s marriage ended in 2010 after several cheating scandals emerged

Gerard Pique and Shakira had an 11-year relationship before they split up last summer

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If we begin by looking at former Barcelona defender Pique and the ‘Queen of Latin Music’, each of them were at the top of their respective industries when they decided to tie the knot. 

To this day, there is not much that Colombian singer Shakira is yet to achieve as she boasts several number one hits, including songs such as Hips Don’t Lie, Beautiful Liar and Waka Waka (This time for Africa).

Pique also has 31 major club titles to his name – including nine LaLiga trophies and three Champions Leagues – after a glittering career at Barcelona which also saw him win the World Cup and European Championship for Spain.

However, since their split in June 2022 after an 11-year relationship together, things haven’t been plain-sailing for the ex-footballer after he retired from the game last year.

The 36-year-old has seen his staggering investment into the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for the Davis Cup fail spectacularly. 

He implemented a new model which was unpopular with traditional fans of the tournament, while several of its major sponsors also quit.

There were also low attendances at the new format, while other big-name players didn’t take part.

Shakira has constantly trolled her ex-partner over the past year, even releasing a ‘diss track’

There have been claims Shakira has a history for curses and is responsible for Pique’s struggles

Kosmos, the company Pique founded, subsequently began to struggle to justify the investment, with reports claiming they lost tens of millions of dollars on the 2019 event alone.

Pique – who is a huge fan of the sport and idolises Rafa Nadal – then saw the deal collapse in January, with the Times reporting how the former Barcelona star is in the midst a legal battle with the ITF at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

To add to his miseries, he has been constantly trolled by his ex-partner, most notably with the tune she developed after he went public with his new partner, 24-year-old Clara Chia, that won Best Pop Song at the Latin Grammy Awards in Seville.

The song, called ‘Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53’, claimed Pique had traded a Ferrari for a Twingo and a Rolex for a Casio, while the lyrics included ‘I’m too good for you — and that’s why you’re with someone just like you.’

A renowned psychic called Mhoni Vidente actually claimed the Colombian singer put a curse on the Spanish team following their exit in the last-16 stage of the 2022 World Cup.  

Former Spain defender Pique has  gone public with his new 24-year-old partner Clara Chia

Cheryl and Ashley pictured during a promotional shoot for the National Lottery in 2006

Next, on to Ashley and Cheryl Cole – their relationship doesn’t prove to be good reading for Kelce and Swift either. 

Cheryl was thrust into the spotlight following her win on ITV’s Popstars in 2002 and found huge fame with Girls Aloud and on X Factor.

Meanwhile, England international and former Arsenal and Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole was at the top of his game. 

The 42-year-old would go on to win the Premier League, Champions League and four FA Cups in a glittering career. 

The pair first met in 2004 and tied the knot two years later, with their luck appearing to max out after Ashley was rumoured to win a six-figure prize on the National Lottery, which featured that iconic image of them in white clothes.

But, their romance came crashing down in 2010.  After just two years of marriage came Ashley’s first alleged affair with a hairdresser named Aimee Walton.

After putting that behind them, in 2010 it was revealed Ashley allegedly cheated on Cheryl with four more women.

More allegations surfaced that Ashley had tried to cover up his romps, including claims by a model who said the star gave her £10,000 to keep quiet.

Taylor Swift’s romance with the Kansas City tight-end has gone viral across social media

The pair’s romance was first spotted when Taylor watched Kelce play in late September 

Despite both of these sad tales, music and sport’s latest power couple – Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift – seem to be going from strength to strength after the singer reportedly moved into his $6M mansion in Kansas City.

The pair’s budding romance first came to light when Taylor was seen attending the Chiefs game as the team competed against the Chicago Bears in late September.

She has supported Kelce by cheering him on at three other games, and the two have also enjoyed date nights in New York City as well as appearing on Saturday Night Live together.

Travis said: ‘When I met her in New York, we had already kind of been talking, so I knew we could have a nice dinner and, like, a conversation, and what goes from there will go from there.’

He then admitted, ‘Everybody around me telling me: Don’t f**k this up! And me sitting here saying: Yeah – got it.’

Kelce also discussed having their relationship in the public eye, and expressed, ‘Obviously I’ve never dated anyone with that kind of aura about them.’

Swift and Donna Kelce – Travis’s mother – were pictured together at a game in September 

It remains to be seen whether this latest sports and music romance crossover will last 

After Kelce flew 5,400 miles to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to see her in concert, the couple are taking their romance to the next level during the singer’s two-month break from her Eras Tour.

A moving truck was spotted outside of Travis Kelce’s new lavish , $6 million property outside Kansas City just as DailyMail.com revealed that Taylor Swift is moving in.

The truck arrived early on Tuesday morning, a day after the pop star jetted straight from Brazil to Kansas City to be with her NFL star boyfriend.

Furniture and other items were seen being carried into the main entrance of the snow-covered mansion by staff as another vehicle pulled into the six-car garage.

It’s believed the tight-end has fully moved into the property, allowing the couple to make the property their own as they shack up for the next few weeks.


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