Singer Taylor Swift and actor Joe Alwyn have split after six years of dating. The information was confirmed this Saturday, April 8, exclusively entertainment tonight, and later also the magazine People, where they revealed that the split has been amicable and “undramatic”. In ET They also confirm that their split was the reason why Joe Alwyn (age 32, Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK) did not attend any of Taylor Swift’s (age 33, West Reading, Pennsylvania, US) tour shows, The Tour of the Ageswhich began on March 17 at State Farm Stadium, in Glendale (USA), and which made headlines for its spectacular production and, mainly, for the 44 songs from all the albums of his career that he plays in just over three hours of duration.

Swift and Alwyn have so far not commented on the split. Something that is not surprising, since both have been very discreet about their relationship, which began in 2016. And the little that is known about their relationship at this time was through the songs that the artist gave him. during the time they were together.

The exact moment they met was unclear until Taylor released the song. wearincluded in your album Reputation (2017), and which deals with two people who need to have a secret relationship, hidden from the eyes of the whole world (“Our secret moments in a room full of people / They don’t have a clue about you and me.”). In the song, Taylor recounts the moment they saw each other for the first time (“You with shaved hair / Me platinum blonde”). This track catered to Swift’s fans, who always analyze her lyrics on the internet and, many times, their theories are confirmed by the artist herself who gives I like to the posts, to learn that the couple should have met at the Met Gala 2016, one of the few moments when Swift changed her golden blonde for a platinum blonde, and a ball that Alwyn also attended. The mystery of why the couple didn’t reveal the exact date has to do with the fact that, at the time, she was still dating DJ Calvin Harris.

In an interview with the British edition of the magazine Vogue In 2018, when they had been dating for two years, it was Alwyn himself who opened up about the quest for privacy in the relationship. In the case of the actor, his relationship with the singer catapulted him to fame for his work, initially being baptized as “Taylor’s Bae” or “Taylor’s girlfriend”, something that the actor, who was also starting to make a name for himself in the acting industry, did not want to allow. In Swift’s case, all of her relationships have always been in the media spotlight, where every romantic adventure (or misadventure) of the artist has been overanalysed: “I think we’ve been very private with success, and now people have taken it in”, said Alwyn.

Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn in New York in October 2019.
Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn in New York in October 2019.Jackson Lee (GC Images)

“I understand people’s curiosity about the world we live in, about people’s private lives. Well, I don’t understand it, but I know it exists,” revealed Alwyn in another interview with total movies. “For me, it just doesn’t feel like it’s something I want to offer.”

The change in the way Swift relates to the media happened in 2016, when the singer ended up disappearing from social networks after her bitter controversy with the Kardashian-Wests. To escape both traditional and digital media, the singer went to spend time in London, where she started dating Joe Alwyn. A year later, she would release her album Reputation, the artist’s darkest album and, at the same time, what she considers the most cathartic. It deals with her relationship with fame, rumors and the image that is projected from her. It’s definitely about reputation and the dark side of being a pop star.

The only good side of Reputation is the one dedicated to Joe Alwyn and love. Taylor Swift acknowledged that all of the positive songs on the album were about her relationship with Alwyn. Song number five on the album (i.e. the vulnerable ballad) is titled delicate and addresses Taylor’s doubts before confessing her feelings to Joe, as she clarified on iHeartRadio: “The idea of ​​reputation is something I play throughout the album, but when the album starts it’s much more bombastic. It’s more like, ‘Oh, I don’t care what you say about me, I don’t care what you say about my reputation, it doesn’t matter.’ But then it gets to that point, by track five, where it’s like what happens when you meet someone you really want in your life and you start to worry about what they might have heard about you before they met you. And you start to wonder, ‘Could something fake like your reputation affect something real like this?’ And this is the first point of vulnerability in the unit. In the lyrics, he sings: “My reputation has never been worse / So I hope they like me for who I am / We can’t make a promise right now, right? / But we can make ourselves a drink.”.

Since then, there are countless songs that Swift dedicated to Alwyn in the six years they were together. In lovertheme that named his next album, the two albums he released during the pandemic, Folklore It is everwhere the duo even collaborated on some of the tracks, with Alwyn using the alias William Bowery. Folklore managed to win the Grammy for album of the year in 2021, where it also competed with ever. In her acceptance speech, Swift dedicated a few words to her then-partner: “Joe is the first person I play every song I write for and I had a lot of fun writing songs with you in quarantine,” she said when receiving the Grammy. .

in the documentary Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions, where both the artistic process and the production of the album were shown, the singer revealed how the collaboration came about: “I thought: ‘Hey, this might be something strange and we might hate it but, since we’re in quarantine and it’s not nothing else going on, do we try to make some music together?’”. Alwyn is credited as a lyricist on betty It is exile in folklore is at Problems with Champagne, coney island It is ever in ever.

In her search for her privacy and to keep her relationship out of public view, as the singer curiously anticipated in her first song dedicated to the actor, wear, the couple has hardly been seen on red carpets or other types of public appearances. in the documentary american miss, released in 2020, Joe Alwyn appears only when she has finished performing at a concert. A relationship so discreet that it has even been difficult to find out that it is over.