Who Is Taylor Swift’s Boyfriend? Meet Joe Alwyn
Things are getting serious with Taylor Swift and her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn. After six years of dating, they may be getting married.
The couple has kept their relationship mostly under wraps, which seems to have done the trick for their longevity.
Alwyn is not well known in the United States, but that's about to change.
Taylor Swift Has Had Several A-List Boyfriends Over the Years
Before meeting Joe Alwyn, Taylor Swift dated a few very famous Hollywood heartthrobs, including Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner, John Mayer, Jake, Gyllenhaal, Redmayne, Zac Efron, Harry Styles, Calvin Harris, and Tom Hiddleston.
All of these relationships were in the public eye. Swift referred to many of them in songs and not always in positive ways.
Unlike her previous relationships, Swift has kept her relationship with Alwyn under wraps, and this seems to have been the secret to their success.
She Met Alwyn at the 2016 Met Gala
Swift and Alwyn have mostly avoided public scrutiny. While they became known as an item in May 2017, it's believed they met at the 2016 Met Gala.
Swift may have confirmed this timeline in the diary that came with her "Lover" deluxe edition. She said, "I'm essentially based in London, hiding out trying to protect us from the nasty world that just wants to ruin things. ... We have been together and no one has found out for 3 months now."
In her song "Dress" from the "Reputation" LP, she wrote: "Flashback to when you met me/Your buzz cut/And my hair bleached."As you can see in the above photos from the Met Gala, it's clear who Swift was pointing to at that moment.
In her 2020 documentary, "Miss Americana," she alluded to how she fell for Alwyn."I felt alone, I felt really bitter. [At the time she was in a feud with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.] I felt sort of like a wounded animal lashing out. I figured I had to reset everything. I had to reconstruct an entire belief system for my own personal sanity. I also was falling in love with someone who had a wonderfully normal, balanced life."
Alwyn Is a Success in His Own Right
Joe Alwyn is an actor and model who hails from London. At 31, he is two years younger than Swift.
He is an alumnus of the National Youth Theatre, the University of Bristol and London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Alwyn is more well-known in the United Kingdom than in the U.S. (for now). He's had starring roles in "The Favourite," "Mary Queen of Scots," and is a regular on the BBC series "Conversations with Friends," which airs stateside on Hulu.
Joe Alwyn's net worth is about $4 million.
The Couple Grew Close Quickly and Shared Creative Outlets
In June 2017, Alwyn met Swift's family in Nashville. Later that year, he was seen attending her show at iHeartRadio's Jingle Ball in New York City. In May 2018, the couple became Instagram official.
In 2020, he even wrote a few songs with Swift for her "Folklore" album, under the name William Bowery, so as not to bring attention to their relationship. "It was really the most accidental thing to happen in lockdown. It wasn't like, 'It's three o'clock, it's time to write a song!' It was just messing around on a piano and singing badly and being overheard and then thinking, you know, what if we tried to get to the end of it together?" Alwyn co-wrote "Exile" and "Betty," "Champagne Problems" and "Coney Island" on "Folklore."
Swift has taken on acting roles in recent years as well. She made her musical debut in 2019's "Cats" (Alwyn attended the premiere in support) and is about to star in the long-awaited David O. Russell film "Amsterdam," alongside Christian Bale, Margo Robbie, John David Washington, Robert De Niro, Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy, Mike Myers, Rami Malek, and Zoe Saldaña.
'Amsterdam' Is Scheduled for Release in Late 2022
Swift Has Written Several Songs About Him
Swift is known for writing songs about her relationships, and she's alleged to have written several about Alwyn.
"...Ready For It?," "Gorgeous," (in which Taylor describes Alwyn's "ocean blue eyes" and accent: "I got drunk and made fun of the way you talk"), and "London Boy"("Darling, I fancy you/Took me back to Highgate/Met all of his best mates/So I guess all the rumors are true
You know I love a London boy") are just some of the songs about her current beau.
The whole "Lover" album is also said to be about him.
Swift and Alwyn Are Reportedly Engaged, But They're Keeping Quiet About It
Rumors of an engagement between Swift and Alwyn began in 2020. They have been tight-lipped. It is said that only their inner circle — immediate family and close friends — know of their engagement. Swift does not wear her ring in public.
It is unknown if they will officially announce an engagement, as they hope to keep their relationship private.
"It’s just not for other people," Alwyn said. "I don’t know how best to talk about it. I mean, I’m aware of people's … of that size of interest, and that world existing. It’s just not something I particularly care about, or have much interest in feeding, I guess, because the more it’s fed, the more you are opening a gate for intrusion. I think that’s just my response to a culture that has this increasing expectation that everything is going to be given."
It Seems Swift Found Her Soulmate
While we may never know of their wedding plans, it seems Swift has finally found true love and a normal relationship out of the public eye. She's been living with Alwyn in his Primrose Hill digs in the U.K., despite owning several homes in the U.S.
"I think that in knowing him [Alwyn] and being in the relationship I am in now, I have definitely made decisions that have made my life feel more like a real life and less like just a storyline to be commented on in tabloids," she told Rolling Stone magazine. "Whether that’s deciding where to live, who to hang out with, when to not take a picture, the idea of privacy feels so strange to try to explain, but it’s really just trying to find bits of normalcy."