Travis Kelce’s ex Kayla Nicole is receiving praise from Taylor Swift for her open letter addressing recent backlash

On-air sports journalist and fashion influencer Kayla Nicole delivered a heartfelt open message in response to the online hate she received because of her past with Travis Kelce.

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For context, it’s no secret her ex-boyfriend, Travis, a tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, recently moved on to a new rumored relationship with Taylor Swift.

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Travis and Kayla dated on and off again from 2017 to 2022.

Unfortunately, Travis and Taylor’s highly publicized relationship brought Kayla, 31, unwanted attention from online trolls, with some purported “Swifties” leaving hateful messages on her social media and some even negatively comparing her to Taylor.

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Now, Kayla’s responded to the “backlash” with a powerful message for Black girls on her Instagram, receiving praise from other celebrities and fans.

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“It’s always been really important for me to use my platform, not to create division, but to elevate and unite women, Black women specifically,” Kayla began.

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“Dear Black girl, they may call you a traitor for falling in love. You’ll hope the ones closest will protect you, but you will quickly find out that people don’t protect what they don’t value. They’ll say you’re too much, too provocative, too boisterous, too outspoken, and in the same breath, tell you that you aren’t enough.”

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Kayla continued, “They’ll say you deserve the backlash and embarrassment. Because of your Blackness, you should have known better. They’ll even try to tie your value to your net worth. But Black girl, please remember your value lies elsewhere. Your value is deep within your heart.”

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After expressing value in “resilience” and “willingness to forgive,” she added it’s important to protect and stand up for what means the most, even when it feels like others won’t do the same.

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“But Black girl, respectively, let me stop you there because you don’t have to participate in this tumultuous, often one-sided journey. Preserve your heart, even when they try to quantify your character and test your boundaries, you do not have to engage. You do not have to respond because there is power in your silence.”

Kayla urged to tap into this power to drown out the noise and silence the voices that feed into the “demoralizing and antiquated narrative.”

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Kayla reminded Black girls this isn’t just her singular experience; they’re not alone in this journey. “My truth, trauma, and vulnerability are a relatable part of the human experience. I know I’m not alone, and I want to make sure you know that you’re not either. On days when I feel most inadequate, I have to remind myself that I am, have been, and will always be more than enough.”

In reflecting on the tribulations of relationships, Kayla added, “We love, we hurt, we heal,” before including that “your story is yours to tell.”

Closeup of Kayla Nicole

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She also urged to remember that you are part of something bigger because, ultimately, no one will know or understand what it truly takes to be you.

And finally, she ended the message with, “Most importantly, I want you to remember that you are loved. You are valued. You are allowed to take up space. You deserve protection and your feelings — they matter, too.”

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Many celebrities and fans showed praise and support for Kayla’s message:

Angel Reese said, "From one black girl to another, THANK YOU for speaking up for us! This was beautiful! Always walk with grace & God because that's all that matters!"

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Essence magazine's social account commented: "We love you Black Girl"

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"beautifully said queen"

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"So proud of you and your grace."

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"People don't protect what they don't value"

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"This was so clear, powerful and fluent in love"

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"We [heart] u"


"The beauty of this message just shines through the screen!"

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"Thank you for this!"

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"She got a PEN"

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Watch Kayla Nicole’s heartfelt message and powerful delivery here:

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