“Catching Kelce” reality show winner Maya Benberry confirmed her breakup with Chiefs’ tight end Travis Kelce in a YouTube video. Maya Benberry YouTube
“Catching Kelce” reality show winner Maya Benberry confirmed her breakup with Chiefs’ tight end Travis Kelce in a YouTube video. Maya Benberry YouTube

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Maya Benberry confirms breakup with Chiefs’ Travis Kelce, but they’re ‘still good friends’

By Pete Grathoff

pgrathoff@kcstar.com

January 03, 2017 10:00 AM

So maybe there will be a second season of “Catching Kelce.”

Ever since Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce picked Maya Benberry in his reality dating show, many fans were unhappy/angry.

Kelce and Benberry are active on social media, so people noticed the lack of photos of the couple together. That led to speculation that things were over, but Benberry continued to post messages that made it difficult to make a final judgment.

Then, on Dec. 22, Benberry posted a “Catching Kelce” Q&A on her YouTube channel (thanks to a reader for the tip) and answered the question herself.

“I made an announcement that me and Travis broke up, which we did,” Benberry said. “We’re still good friends. There’s literally no love lost. If anything, I feel like right now the relationship is the best it’s every been, because there’s no pressure, you know what I mean? So, he’s focusing on football, I’m focusing on my career and who knows what’s going to happen?”

Benberry also talked about her frustrations with how she was portrayed on the show.

This week, Benberry continued to tweet about how she was glad to leave the show — and all that came with it — behind.

At peace knowing that all of the hate and racism I received from Catching Kelce is left in 2016. Thank you God

— Maya Benberry (@MayaBenberry) January 2, 2017

I'm grateful for gaining a fan base but that's all that I really gained from the situation..lessons learned..

— Maya Benberry (@MayaBenberry) January 2, 2017

And she wanted to impart the wisdom she learned from her experience.

New Life Motto: Believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see

— Maya Benberry (@MayaBenberry) January 2, 2017

I always look out for others who are extremely selfish. It's about time I start to be a bit selfish too..

— Maya Benberry (@MayaBenberry) January 2, 2017

Time to be selfish with my heart and who I give it to and more selfish with my time and only spend it with those who will value it..

— Maya Benberry (@MayaBenberry) January 2, 2017

Early morning thoughts....that's all..

— Maya Benberry (@MayaBenberry) January 2, 2017

Positive vibes all 2017...

— Maya Benberry (@MayaBenberry) January 2, 2017

For his part, Kelce never really shared anything on social media about picking Maya. She had photos on her Instagram account but took it private.

Chiefs Travis Kelce celebrates AFC West title with fans

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Diego Chargers 37-27 on Sunday. The win combined with an Oakland Raiders loss gave the Chiefs the AFC West title, which tight end Travis Kelce celebrated with fans at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

Blair Kerkhoff The Kansas City Star

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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