TAYLOR SWIFT VÀ JOE ALWYN

When Taylor Swift first began dating actor Joe Alwyn more than four years ago, it was almost immediately clear the couple had come to an agreement: Their relationship would be an intimate but private one, & they’d be a united front in protecting that privacy. Gone were the paparazzi photo ops of Swift’s days with Tom Hiddleston, và gooey Instagram pics—like the ones she’d posted with Calvin Harris—would no longer populate her social media. Instead, her accounts would focus on promoting her work và sharing photos of her other loves: cats Olivia, Meredith, và Benjamin.

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Still, a love story lượt thích Swift và Alwyn’s couldn’t stay behind closed doors forever, và since 2020, they’ve been more public about their relationship than ever before. This includes Swift’s confirmation that Alwyn co-wrote two songs on folklore under the pseudonym William Bowery & also helped pen three tracks from Swift’s latest record, evermore. As we eke out the details, scroll below for a timeline of their coupledom, leading up khổng lồ their collaboration on Swift’s ninth album và the brewing engagement rumors.

May 2, 2016: They meet at the Met Gala (probably).

Nobody knows for sure when Swift và Alwyn first met. But sleuths have determined that the tuy vậy “Dress” on her 2017 album Reputation might refer to their first meeting.

The lyrics in question: “Flashback khổng lồ when you met me, your buzzed cut and my hair bleached.” Swift’s hair was, indeed, bleached at the Met Gala, and Alwyn’s hair was buzzed.


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At the time, Swift was still dating Harris—and this was also the night she met Hiddleston and danced goofily with him in a clip that went viral, and later sparked the rebound heard ‘round the world. It was an eventful night for Tay.

Oct. 12, 2016: Swift và Alwyn attend the same Kings of Leon concert.

A month after breaking up with Hiddleston, Swift went to lớn a Kings of Leon show with her friends. Online sleuths have since determined that Alwyn was at the show, too.

Nov. 12, 2016: Swift attends Alwyn’s movie screening.

Swift và a gaggle of squad members went to the premiere of Alwyn’s film, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. If she & Alwyn were dating at this point, it was so under the radar that press coverage of the premiere didn’t even mention his name. It’s not clear if he was in attendance.


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May 16, 2017: Reports emerge that they’re dating.

A source close lớn the pair told The Sun that Swift and Alwyn had been together for a few months, and that their friends và families were in on it:

“This isn’t a new couple alert or a secret relationship - the only people this has been a secret khổng lồ is the media because all of us, Taylor and Joe’s closest friends & their families, were aware they have been together for several months and have known each other for a long time.

“After her 1989 tour và all the attention Taylor received, she learned she had lớn be more protective of her personal life & she và Joe decided early on to lớn keep their private life private.”

June 5, 2017: They’re caught by the paparazzi in Nashville.

The paparazzi finally caught the couple in action: sitting on a balcony in Nashville, where Alwyn was allegedly meeting Swift’s parents for the first time.

July 25, 2017: They’re caught again, this time in New York.

Hoodies pulled tight over their faces, the couple were caught leaving Swift’s apartment.

Swift & Alwyn seemed desperate to go incognito in these pics.

Oct. 20, 2017: Swift tells fans her new single “Gorgeous” is about Alwyn.

Swift hosted a “secret” listening session for her new album, Reputation. She allegedly told fans the single “Gorgeous” is about Alwyn.


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“Basically Taylor made us all promise that if anyone made any accusations of who this tuy nhiên is about, we tell them it is 100 percent about her angel boyfriend of one year,” a fan wrote on Tumblr. “This isn’t a secret. She wanted us khổng lồ tell people."

Oct. 27, 2017: Ed Sheeran spills the beans on Alwyn.

On the heels of Swift’s revelation that “Gorgeous” is about Alwyn, her good friend Ed Sheeran was asked about Alwyn on a British radio show.

“He’s really nice,” he said. “Really, really friendly, really good dude.”

Dec. 11, 2017: The couple is spotted snuggling during an Ed Sheeran performance.

Momentarily letting their guard down, Swift & Alwyn engaged in some honest-to-god PDA while Ed Sheeran performed at iHeartRadio’s Jingle Bell Ball in thủ đô new york City.

“THEY LITERALLY SLOW DANCED to lớn ALL EDS SONGS WITH THEIR ARMS AROUND ONE ANOTHER and JUST KEPT LOOKING AT EACH OTHER và KISSING,” a tín đồ tweeted, according lớn EW.

May 8, 2018: They post coordinating cactus photos to lớn Instagram.

Both Alwyn and Swift posted photos of themselves, solo, standing next khổng lồ the same cactus.


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Alwyn later said they didn’t even realize the photos coordinated.

“I didn’t even think of that until I was in new york and someone else mentioned it,” he said, according to ET. "It wasn’t purposeful at all!”

This is the closest we’ve come lớn an “Instagram-official” moment for the couple.

Sept. 19, 2018: Alwyn talks about Swift for the first time—but only to lớn say he doesn’t want to lớn talk about her.

“I’m aware people want to know about that side of things,” he said to lớn British Vogue. “I think we have been successfully very private and that has now sunk in for people…but I really prefer to talk about work.”

Oct. 18, 2018: Alwyn speaks very, very briefly about Swift’s newfound political activism.

In early October, Swift finally waded into the political world to lớn endorse two Tennessee congressional candidates, after a career-long silence.

A few days later, an interviewer asked Alwyn how he felt about Swift’s post.

“I think it’s great, & I think it’s important,” he said, before uncomfortably shuffling away.

Nov. 23, 2018: Swift acknowledges Alwyn’s existence on social media.

After two years of knowing him, Swift finally posted something about Alwyn—or at least, his work—on Instagram.

It was a clipped trailer for his new movie, The Favourite, with a caption calling the film “phenomenal” & imploring her followers to lớn go see it. She tagged the movie’s account, plus Alwyn’s and Nicholas Hoult’s.


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Nov. 25, 2018: Alwyn reiterates that he’d lượt thích to keep his private life private.

In an interview with GQ, he skirted around the topic of Taylor, saying, “Someone’s private life is, by definition, private. No one is obliged to chia sẻ their personal life.”

He also declined to lớn name a favorite Swift song. “I’m just not even going to lớn go into that side of the world,” he said.

Dec. 7, 2018: Alwyn opens up a teeny bit about their relationship.

Just to mix things up, Alwyn provided a tiny kernel of information about his relationship with Swift, before saying he didn’t want to lớn talk about it.

Esquire asked him if he sought out any guidance from friends when he started dating Swift.

“I didn’t seek out advice on that,” he said. “Because I know what I feel about it. I think there’s a very clear line as to what somebody should share, or feel like they have lớn share, & what they don’t want to và shouldn’t have to.”

Dec. 11, 2018: Swift attends Alwyn’s movie premiere in London.

Swift popped up at the Cineworld Leicester premiere of Mary Queen of Scots as well as an after-party.

Jan. 6, 2019: Swift và Alwyn attend the Golden Globes (separately).

Alwyn attended the awards show for his nominated film The Favourite, và Swift presented Best Original Score và Best Original Song during the 2019 Golden Globes. Although they didn’t walk the red carpet together, an Us Weekly source claimed the two got quite flirty while she was onstage.

“While Taylor presented, Joe watched the teleprompter near him và smiled and (his Favourite costar) Nicholas Hoult patted him on the back,” the source said. “After Gaga walked on stage, Joe shifted his gaze lớn the stage near Taylor.” The insider added, “She was smiling at him while she walked off the stage. She looked over her shoulder and gave a sassy xinh tươi little smile at his table’s direction.”


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Feb. 10, 2019: Swift và Alwyn step out at a BAFTAS after party.

Swift skipped the Grammy Awards in favor of attending a BAFTAs after các buổi party with her beau. Clad in a pale blue Stella McCartney gown, Swift gave off major Cinderella vibes alongside Alwyn. The two were even photographed walking together hand-in-hand. (A rare occurrence for this secretive duo!)


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March 2019: Engagement rumors begin.

As Swift continued filming the big screen version of Cats in London, reports swirled that getting engaged lớn Alwyn was not far off. “Taylor’s friends are all talking about a proposal và how she really wants khổng lồ marry Joe,” an Us Weekly source shared. “He’s her dream guy.”

A People source echoed those sentiments, saying, “Taylor really got lucky lớn meet Joe, and she is the first one to lớn say it. Joe really is one of a kind.”

May 2019: The couple is spotted on a couple dates.

Swift & Alwyn ate breakfast at Café de Flore và then took a stroll through the đô thị of Paris in a rare public outing.

Later in the month, the couple made it a double date with similarly private pair Robert Pattinson và Suki Waterhouse. Per an Us Weekly onlooker, the four low-key celebs dined at San Vicente Bungalows in Hollywood, spending the night laughing & talking.

August 2019: Swift releases Lover—and fans go nuts dissecting the lyrics.

Ahead of the August 23 release of her album Lover, Swift revealed to fans that new music would address her current relationship…in so many words. During a YouTube Live, she explained, “It’s a really lãng mạn album, but it really celebrates love in all its complexity. Not just flowers and sunshine but the patchwork emotions that go into any love you feel.”

Once the album dropped, fans began dissecting every tuy vậy for hidden clues about the couple. Some were even convinced the songs “Lover” and “Paper Rings” were Swift’s big marriage reveal.

Swift continued to avoid talking about Alwyn in interviews. While speaking to The Guardian about why she wouldn’t speak on her relationship, she said, “I’ve learned that if I do, people think it’s up for discussion, & our relationship isn’t up for discussion,” she said with a laugh. “If you và I were having a glass of wine right now, we’d be talking about it—but it’s just that it goes out into the world. That’s where the boundary is, và that’s where my life has become manageable. I really want to lớn keep it feeling manageable.”

Shortly after a People source gave an update on the relationship saying, “Joe’s personality is great for Taylor. He is very calm và always very supportive. He’s sympathetic & understanding and supports her speaking out about things that she doesn’t agree with.”

Even her inner circle likes Joe, the source added: “There’s something refreshing and different about their relationship. Joe makes Taylor very happy, và it’s hard to picture her not spending the rest of her life with him. Her family loves him. He seems older than he is and is a fantastic guy.”

As for future comment from either các buổi tiệc nhỏ regarding the romance? The source says it’s unlikely: “Joe loves acting but doesn’t want khổng lồ be a celebrity,” the source said. “They both agree that for their relationship to keep working, they want to keep things more quiet. She’s the happiest she’s ever been.”

September 2019: The couple is photographed on a private plane.

The two were photographed boarding Swift’s private plane after a low-key trip lớn her beach house in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.

October 5, 2019: They’re seen together after SNL.

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In a rare sighting for the couple, Alwyn và Swift were seen holding hands after the singer’s Saturday Night Live performances. They headed lớn New York’s Zuma for the show’s after party.


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November 2019: Swift joins Alwyn for Thanksgiving.

Swift celebrated Thanksgiving in London with Alwyn, according lớn E!, but not before hosting a splashy American Friendsgiving with friends including Gigi Hadid, Antoni Porowski, and Martha Hunt.


Early December 2019: The lovers spend time in London.

Us Weekly and E! both ran reports early in the month stating things between the couple are still going well. “Taylor has had a tough year and Joe has been a rock for her,” a source told Us. “They are still going very strong.”

Meanwhile, E! reported that,“Taylor has been spending a lot of down time in London,” per a source. “She doesn’t go out much other than lớn take a walk with Joe or go lớn the local pub. They spend a lot of time with Joe’s family và friends. All weekend they had people come over or they went to lớn family members’ homes.”

Further proving the couple is doing just fine, Swift shared a photo of her Vogue UK cover on Instagram, which Alwyn liked right away.

December 16, 2019: Alwyn supports Swift’s acting career.

Alwyn was on hand khổng lồ subtly tư vấn Swift at the NYC premiere of her new movie, Cats.


December 26, 2019: The couple spends Christmas together.

After spending Thanksgiving together, E! reported that Swift spent her Christmas holiday in London, too. “Taylor spent the holidays in England with Joe,” a source told the outlet. “She was there for the week leading up khổng lồ Christmas & spent time with Joe’s family & friends. Some of Taylor’s family also flew in from Nashville to spend time with them.”

January 1, 2020: The duo are serenaded in the Maldives.

Alwyn and Swift rang in New Year’s Eve with a concert in the Maldives. Although neither buổi tiệc ngọt revealed the travel plans themselves, singer Matthew Crane posted the news himself on Instagram. “So I can now finally reveal who I sung lớn on New Year’s Eve in the Maldives, probably the most notable Pop Star at the moment, the one & only
joe.alwyn,” he wrote on his Instagram. “They were both so friendly và kind lớn me when I performed, they even gave me a standing ovation & complimented on my voice. It was truly an honor & an experience that I will never forget. 🎤🎶”

January 5, 2020: Alwyn và Swift sit together at the 2020 Golden Globes.

The couple had their most public outing lớn date at the 2020 Golden Globes, where Swift was a presenter và nominee for Best Original tuy nhiên - Motion Picture for her & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new original song for Cats, “Beautiful Ghosts.” While they didn’t walk the red carpet together, onlookers captured Swift và Alwyn taking their seats next khổng lồ each other inside the ballroom:


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E! also tweeted out a photo of the pair sitting side-by-side, Alwyn in a tux và Swift in an Etro gown:


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TAYLOR & JOE. WE REPEAT: TAYLOR và JOE. 😍 #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/34NtBYsmCJ

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Next, the couple of more than three years was spotted at the Golden Globes CAA after party. A source told E! that Swift (in a a sparkly navy Alexandre Vauthier dress) wasn’t afraid khổng lồ show PDA with Alwyn. “They looked inseparable & really in love,” the source noted. “Taylor had her arm on Joe, và she leaned in lớn kiss him several times.”

January 31, 2020: Miss Americana drops on Netflix.

With the release of Swift’s documentary Miss Americana, came new insight into her romance with Alwyn. She spoke vaguely about why she fell for Alwyn in the fall of 2016, after her Kim Kardashian Snapchat drama had tarnished her reputation. “I felt alone, I felt really bitter,” she explained. “I felt sort of lượt thích 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.”


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Swift also revealed why she & Alwyn chose to lớn keep their relationship quiet. “We decided together we wanted our relationship to lớn be private,” she said. “Even though it was really horrible, I was happy. But I wasn’t happy in the way I was trained to be happy. It was happiness without anyone else’s input. We were just…happy.”

Those searching for Alwyn appearances won’t find much. He kissed her hand in the car at one point and hugged her backstage after a performance of “Getaway Car” on tour. Swift also serenaded Alwyn with a tuy vậy believed khổng lồ be about him from her album Reputation. She lịch sự the tuy vậy “Call It What You Want” khổng lồ him while he filmed her.

February 12, 2020: They’re spotted at the NME Awards.

Just before Valentine’s Day, Swift & Alwyn got close in the audience of the NME Awards in London. An audience member spotted Swift, sporting a two-tone Monse short suit, and Alwyn kiss and hug when she was announced the winner of Best Solo Act.


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February 23, 2020: They celebrate Alwyn’s birthday.

For Alwyn’s 29th birthday, Swift joined her beau, along with Ed Sheeran và his wife, Cherry Seaborn, for a celebration in London. The foursome và a few other friends hung out at restaurant Bob Bob Richard in Soho, per E! News. “They had fun drinking champagne at the table by pushing a button that says ‘Press for Champagne’ và having it immediately dispensed,” a restaurant source told E!. “They were there for several hours enjoying the night.”

March 24, 2020: We learn they’ve talked about marriage.

An Us Weekly source gave an update on marriage talks between Alwyn and Swift. “ have talked about their future & marriage,” a source told the outlet. “They don’t have a phối deadline in place, but they’re very much in love.” The source added, “Taylor considers Joe one of the only safe constants in her life. He has always been a huge tư vấn and stuck by her.”

April 29, 2020: The lovers finally nói qua some details on social media.

Alwyn shared a rare glimpse into his relationship with Swift on social media, leading fans to lớn believe they’re quarantining together. He posted several photos of Swift’s cat Benjamin Button around her place. (The decor matches the background of this recent Swift post.)


Alwyn also shared a photo of himself drinking a large glass of white wine, which is similar lớn a May 7 post from Swift where she’s holding a glass of vino. “I love spending a full evening cooking a meal while sipping a glass of wine and listening khổng lồ old music,” Swift even told People of her quarantine routine, via Billboard.


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May 13, 2020: More photos arise.

A couple weeks later, Alwyn delivered another quarantine update on Instagram. He posted several photos on his Instagram Story, including a few that showcase Swift’s cat, Benjamin.


Alwyn also shared a black-and-white photo of himself drinking coffee & glancing over at the camera. Fans have speculated that Swift took that photo, just as they’ve guessed Alwyn is quietly taking hers.


July 23, 2020: folklore speculation begins.

Several months into Swift and Alwyn’s relatively quiet quarantine, Swift announced the surprise release of her eighth album, folklore. While fans awaited the 16-track release, social truyền thông media was already speculating about which songs were inspired by Alwyn.

The first tuy nhiên that some lyrics were available for was "cardigan." An excerpt of the track’s lyrics were found on the back of a new merch cống phẩm on Swift’s website. “But I knew you / Playing hide-and-seek and / Giving me your weekends / I knew you / Your heartbeat on the High Line / Once in twenty lifetimes / và when I felt like I was an old cardigan / Under someone’s bed / You put me on and said / I was your favorite,” the lãng mạn lyrics read, hinting at her longtime love with Alwyn.


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🎵 | Lyrics from “I knew you”But I knew youPlaying hide-and-seek andGiving me your weekendsI knew youYour heartbeat on the High LineOnce in twenty lifetimes and when I felt like I was an old cardigan Under someone’s bedYou put me on & saidI was your favorite

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Another theory regarding Alwyn and folklore was that the song “betty” refers khổng lồ Alwyn’s mother of the same name. Since then, it’s been reported that the track actually reveals the name of Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds’ third daughter. Even more interesting: Some seemed lớn think that Swift’s album collaborator, William Bowery, is Alwyn himself. When announcing her album, Swift shared her co-writers và producers for folklore, but didn’t tag Bowery. Conspiracy theorists seemed to lớn think Alwyn & Swift being spotted outside the Bowery hotel in October 2016, coupled with the fact that Alwyn’s great-grandfather is named William, means he’s behind the pseudonym.


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WILLIAM BOWERY theoryon oct 2016, taylor (w her squad) và alwyn were spotted in BOWERY hotel. (smth special mustve happened here, that"s why she used d name "BOWERY" i guess?)WILLIAM alwyn is literally joe alwyns great-grandpa. He was was composer, conductor, & music teacher pic.twitter.com/pDOaBieGgL

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🔍 | Fans are speculating who "William Bowery" (co-wrote two songs on "folklore") is, as there are no registered or previously credited songwriters/producers under that name. "William Bowery" is also the only untagged co-write in Taylor"s post. Pic.twitter.com/CvClhjf3ZL

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July 24, 2020: folklore is released.

With the release of folklore, answers to lớn several questions about Alwyn’s musical inspiration were provided. On the track “invisible string,” Swift references a London yogurt cửa hàng that Alwyn worked in as a teen, as well as the dive bars of their early relationship and a trip for their third anniversary. Other songs, including bonus track “the lakes” & “peace” also allude to Swift và Alwyn’s relationship. An excerpt from “Peace,” for example:

All these people think love’s for show/But I would die for you in secret/The devil’s in the details, but you got a friend in me/Would it be enough if I could never give you peace? & you know that I’d swing with you for the fences/Sit with you in the trenches/Give you my wild, give you a child/Give you the silence that only comes when two people understand each other/Family that I chose, now that I see your brother as my brother.

November 13, 2020: More lyrics are explained.

Swift confirmed that Alwyn helped inspire “peace” during a conversation with Paul McCartney for Rolling Stone. She said that the tuy nhiên “is actually more rooted in my personal life. I know you have done a really exc8004.infont job of this in your personal life: carving out a human life within a public life, and how scary that can be when you do fall in love and you meet someone, especially if you’ve met someone who has a very grounded, normal way of living. I, oftentimes, in my anxieties, can control how I am as a person and how normal I act & rationalize things, but I cannot control if there are trăng tròn photographers outside in the bushes and what they do and if they follow our car & if they interrupt our lives. I can’t control if there’s going khổng lồ be a nhái weird headline about us in the news tomorrow.”

When McCartney asked if Swift’s partner was able khổng lồ “sympathize with that and understand,” she replied, “Oh, absolutely.” But Swift added that her relationship with Alwyn had changed her viewpoint on maintaining privacy in her personal life. “But I think that in knowing him 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 & less lượt thích just a storyline to be commented on in tabloids,” she explained. “Whether that’s deciding where to lớn live, who khổng lồ hang out with, when khổng lồ not take a picture—the idea of privacy feels so strange to try lớn explain, but it’s really just trying khổng lồ find bits of normalcy. That’s what that tuy vậy ‘Peace’ is taking about. Like, would it be enough if I could never fully achieve the normalcy that we both crave? Stella always tells me that she had as normal a childhood as she could hope for under the circumstances.”


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November 25, 2020: Swift confirms William Bowery’s identity.

Months after the release of folklore, Swift finally confirmed what her fans had long suspected: songwriter William Bowery is Alwyn. Speaking khổng lồ the album’s producers, Jack Antonoff & The National’s Aaron Dessner, Swift revealed that “betty” và “exile” were co-written by Alwyn in the Disney+ film, folklore: the long pond studio sessions. “So, William Bowery is Joe…as we know,” she teased.

“Joe plays piano beautifully & he’s always just playing & making things up & kind of creating things. Và ‘exile’ was crazy because Joe had written that entire piano part,” Swift explained, adding, “He was singing the Bon Iver part, the ‘I can see you standing honey, with his arms around your body, laughing but the joke’s not funny at all.’ He was just singing it. And I was entranced & asked if we could keep writing that one.” Swift said the fact that she & Alwyn are “really, really, really big Bon Iver fans” helped make the collaboration happen.


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As for “betty” Swift said she heard Alwyn singing “the entire fully formed chorus from another room.” She added, “And I was just like ‘Hello.’ It was a step that we would never have taken because, why would we have ever written a tuy vậy together?”

It was the couple’s first time working together, something Swift said she and Alwyn approached cautiously. “So this was the first time we had a conversation where I came in and I was like, ‘Hey, this could be really weird, and we could hate this, so because we’re in quarantine và there’s nothing else going on, could we just try to see what it’s like if we write this song together?’” she recalled.

December 3, 2020: The engagement rumors heat up again.

In early December, Swift released a snippet of her re-recorded version of “Love Story,” which could be heard in a Match.com commercial featuring friend Ryan Reynolds. The new recording made waves as it was the first concrete indication that Swift was re-recording her entire catalogue owned by Scooter Braun. But it also sparked rumors about Swift and Alwyn potentially being engaged. Some fans noticed that the lyric “Baby, just say, ‘Yes’” might have been changed to “Baby, just said, ‘Yes.’” Several Swifties tweeted this theory in the hours after the song’s release. Multiple sources told E!, however, that the lyrics to the tuy nhiên had not changed.

While Entertainment Tonight wasn’t able khổng lồ confirm engagement theories, a source said the couple does talk about “their future together.” The insider said, “Joe has provided such a great support system for Taylor. He is the one constant in her life that she can truly rely on. Joe has helped Taylor with her music, inspiring it. She is so grateful for him và in love with him. He is her cheerleader and rock. They have spoken about their future together, & they love celebrating the holidays together & are looking forward to lớn that.”

ET’s source also spoke about how Alwyn is supporting Swift as she đơn hàng with her mother Andrea’s cancer diagnosis. “ has been having a tough time with her mom’s health, but her mom is getting treatment và she và her family have been trying lớn stay optimistic,” the source said. “She has been focusing on her music and spending a lot of time with Joe. Taylor wanted lớn take some time to herself and her family this year, so in that regard, the quarantine & break has been positive for her.”

December 8, 2020: Swift shuts down engagement rumors.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Swift subtly shut down engagement rumors when she called Alwyn her “boyfriend.” Swift had been discussing who knew she was making folklore during the interview, conducted in early November: “The only people who knew were the people that I was making it with, my boyfriend, my family, and then my management team,” she said. “So that’s the smallest number of people I’ve ever had know about something.”

December 11, 2020: evermore appears.

About five months after dropping folklore, Swift announced the surprise release of her ninth album, evermore. When the 15-track record debuted at midnight, Swifties quickly began dissecting which songs could be about her relationship with Alwyn. At least three songs directly involve the actor: “champagne problems,” “coney island” & “evermore.” William Bowery, Alwyn’s songwriting pseudonym, is credited on those tracks. Beyond that, lyrics for "long story short" và "willow" seem to lớn reference Swift’s long-lasting love with Alwyn.


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But for those hoping Swift would confirm either an engagement or marriage to Alwyn, no such luck. The only song that references a proposal, “champagne problems,” appears to be about a fictional couple and ends with the woman declining the offer. Additionally, multiple sources confirmed to lớn TMZ that the two are not secretly married either.

January 11, 2021: The couple is finally photographed again.

After 11 months of not being seen out together, Swift và Alwyn were photographed in London while on a walk with Alwyn’s mother, Elizabeth. The two were bundled up in winter gear. According to lớn E!’s sources, Swift had been going back and forth between Nashville & London to lớn spend time with her family & Alwyn’s family.

January 14, 2021: Swift hints she’s ready khổng lồ bring the relationship into the public eye.

A source told Entertainment Tonight that Swift is ready to be more public with her và Alwyn’s relationship. “Taylor has gotten more và more comfortable being public with Joe & letting fans in on their romance in a way that she feels is still protecting it,” the source explained. “She loves Joe so much and, of course, is not trying to lớn hide their relationship, but she prefers to keep specific details private.” Additionally, the source said the couple was in it for the long haul & sees a future together.

February 17, 2021: Swift reveals Alwyn helped her decide to lớn speak out on political issues.

Swift wrote to lớn Vanity Fair to discuss her documentary Miss Americana, & how she found her voice during the 2018 midterm elections—with the help of Alwyn.

Swift opened up about how her partner helped her become more comfortable speaking out about politics, in rare public remarks about him.

Swift wrote, “As a country musician, I was always told it’s better lớn stay out of ...The Trump presidency forced me to lớn lean in và educate myself. I found myself talking about government và the presidency và policy with my boyfriend , who supported me in speaking out.”

May 11, 2021: Swift shouts out Alwyn (and many others) in a BRIT Awards speech.

After becoming the first woman & youngest person ever khổng lồ win BRIT Awards’ Global Icon award, Swift took the stage khổng lồ thank friends và family—including Alwyn.

Dressed in a Miu Miu crop top và skirt, Swift told the audience about the joys và challenges of creating her most recent albums: “The world changed, and I ended up putting out three albums instead, so making folklore and evermore was one of the most unique, cathartic, extraordinary experiences I’ve ever had. I would love the opportunity to thank the amazing creative people that I made those albums with. Thank you, Aaron Dessner, thank you Jack Antonoff, Joe , Justin Vernon, the National, Marcus Mumford, Jon Low, Serban Ghenea, Laura Sisk, & HAIM. I want lớn thank my friends and family who know exactly who they are: Whose opinion of me never changed whether my stock was up or down.”

In the đoạn phim below, you can watch Swift thank Alwyn specifically (around the 2:20 mark), accented by a slight pause and a sweet smile.


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May 20, 2021: Marriage rumors continue khổng lồ swirl.

In late May, Entertainment Tonight released a story confirming that Alwyn & Swift’s engagement rumor mill was alive và well.

“They grew closer than ever during the quarantine and she really trusts him,” a source told ET. “They’ve been continuing to be pretty low-key about their relationship khổng lồ the outside world khổng lồ continue to lớn protect it…They’ve discussed future plans and Taylor can see herself marrying Joe one day.”


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