Are Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn still together? Life & Style broke the news that the “Cardigan” singer and Harriet actor are engaged after more than five years together, but they still manage to keep their romance very low-key.
During their relationship, Taylor has released four original albums — Reputation, Lover, Folklore and Evermore — fought to have total ownership of her discography and collaborated with her beau on music.
“Joe, who is the first person that I sing every single song that I write,” Taylor gushed while accepting her award for Album of the Year at the 2021 Grammy Awards, before adding that she had “so much fun writing songs in quarantine” with him.
In February 2022, Joe made a rare reference to his long-term romance with Taylor during a presentation for his Hulu limited series Conversations With Friends. He explained, “I think people can do what they want and makes them happy. I’m obviously happy in a monogamous relationship.”
Taylor and Joe most likely started dating in 2016, which was the same time all the ~bad blood~ went down between Taylor, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West over the rapper’s song “Famous.” That being said, Joe has really been with her through the tough times.
The “Dorothea” artist talked about her relationship with the Favourite actor during an interview with Rolling Stone in September 2019. “The moments of my true story on that album are songs like ‘Delicate,’ ‘New Year’s Day,’ ‘Call It What You Want,’ ‘Dress,’” she explained at the time. “The one-two punch, bait-and-switch of Reputation is that it was actually a love story. It was a love story in amongst chaos.”
She seemingly gave more specifics about their relationship timeline when she sang about being with someone for “three summers” during the song “Lover,” which was released in August 2019. Later that year, a source told Us Weekly Joe and Taylor were “still going very strong.”
Their relationship took another big step in 2020 when they collaborated on music together for her two latest albums. Joe used the pseudonym William Bowery for his credits on “Betty” and “Exile” on her Folklore album. He was also named on her follow-up album, Evermore, for songs “Champagne Problems,” “Coney Island” and the title track.
“Joe plays piano beautifully and he’s always just playing and making things up and kinda just creating things,” the “Blank Space” artist explained in her Disney+ film, Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions. “I was like, ‘Hey, this could be really weird and we could hate this, [but] because we’re in quarantine and there’s nothing else going on, could we just try to write this song together?’”
Obviously, their collaboration went extremely well. Taylor talked more about the inspiration behind “Betty” and Joe’s influence. “I thought it sounded really good from a masculine perspective, and it seemed to be an apology,” she said. “I’ve written so many songs from a female’s perspective of wanting a male apology that we decided to make it from a teenage boy’s perspective apologizing after he loses the love of his life because he’s been foolish.”
The “Love Story” songstress gave another rare glimpse into her private relationship while describing the inspiration for the song “Lavender Haze” ahead of her tenth studio album release.
“I guess, theoretically, when you’re in the lavender haze, you’ll do anything to stay there and not let people bring you down off that cloud,” Taylor said via Instagram on October 6. “And I think a lot of people have to deal with this now, not just like public figures, because we live in the era of social media. And if the world finds out that you’re in love with somebody, they’re going to weigh in on it.”
“Like my relationship for six years, we’ve had to dodge weird rumors, tabloid stuff and we just ignore it,” she added. “And so this song is sort of about the act of ignoring that stuff to protect the real stuff.”
It looks like Taylor and Joe are in it for the long haul!