The Time’s ‘Person Of The Year’ defines influence, stardom, the voice of the era, and the one who can unite people. And when TIME announced the 2023 person, it was no surprise that Ms. Taylor Swift, the one who got back her creative autonomy, has ascended the throne.
With Eras tour becoming a global phenomenon, Swift has proved her domination– a Yeezy…err… an easy feat for her. Now, dare to interrupt her speech, man!
Swift has withdrawn herself from the promotional circuit for over three years since her last interview in 2020. But now, she is ready to open up about her life so far, as a gratitude to her loyal supporters as she speaks to TIME.
Because of this interview, “metal as hell” has re-emerged and become a catchphrase overnight. But what does it actually mean? This phrase, more at home in a heavy metal concert than in a pop star’s vocabulary, recently made headlines when Taylor Swift used it to describe NFL star Travis Kelce.
Now, that’s something to raise your eyebrows at, right? But let’s not jump the gun here. We’re just setting the stage for a story that’s as intriguing as it is amusing.
On December 6, 2023, TIME magazine interviewed Taylor Swift after she was declared ‘Person of the Year.’ For the first time, Swift opened up about her rumored beau, Travis Kelce, describing him as “metal as hell,” as the NFL star boldly calls out Swift in his podcast ‘New Heights’ over a friendship bracelet.
In this context, “metal as hell” is an endearing term of admiration, indicating something fiercely awesome or hardcore. In Swift’s world, it meant being boldly called out by Kelce was surprisingly cool and gutsy.
“Metal As Hell” Becomes The Start Of An Unexpected Crossover
Taylor Swift, known for her poetic lyrics and heart-touching melodies, threw a curveball when she used the term “metal as hell” in reference to Travis Kelce.
Swift told Time, “This all started when Travis very adorably put me on blast on his podcast, which I thought was metal as hell.”
A brief context:
Hence, the listeners were taken aback when Travis’s unexpected anecdote mentioned Taylor Swift. In the episode, Travis was complaining (jokingly) about how he could not give the friendship bracelet he made to Taylor Swift during her Eras concert.
But there’s more to this story than a mere podcast mention. Swift and Kelce’s interaction didn’t just stop at public banter. They began hanging out soon after, leading to a relationship that stayed under the radar for quite some time.
Swift revealed, “We started hanging out right after that,” adding, “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.”
The couple managed to keep their early dating days private, a feat in today’s paparazzi-driven world. Swift clarified a common misconception about their relationship:
“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.”
What do you think of this cute boyfriend description? What are your thoughts on the unexpected meet-cute between Taylor, the pop star, and Travis, the NFL star?
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