Natalie Colley Featured Article on Forbes: Taylor Swift, Travis Kelce And The Modern Romance Dilemma
By: Natalie Colley
October 27, 2023
Natalie Colley, Senior Lead Advisor at Francis Financial, offers insight into the financial element of Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce’s relationship to explain the struggles that a couple may face when the women earn more than their male counterparts.
It seems impossible to avoid the topic of Taylor Swift’s relationship with Travis Kelce these days. As I write this, the Chiefs game is on in my very own living room – apparently because they’re doing well this season, not because my husband cares about Taylor Swift.
Even as women have made strides to close the wage gap over the decades, societal expectations around who should be the higher earner in a relationship still skew toward men. One alarming study from 2019 found that male stress levels actually rise if their wives earn more than 40% of the household income, proving that gender expectations and stereotypes continue to play a role in modern relationships. The Swift-Kelce coupling far exceeds that percentage. Taylor’s reported annual income of $92 million in 2022 dwarfs Kelce’s $14 million, equating to nearly 90% of their combined annual income.