The tip of their love story. Taylor Swift’s superstar standing contributed to her breakup with longtime love Joe Alwyn, a supply solely tells Us Weekly.
“Fame factored into their cut up. Joe may be very shy and by no means preferred the entire consideration that got here with relationship one of the common singers on this planet,” the insider shares, noting that the “Shake It Off” singer, 33, isn’t at “fault” for the breakup and that the Conversations With Buddies star, 32, by no means “blamed” her for her reputation.
“He simply didn’t like having to be on the entire time,” the supply explains.
Swift and Alwyn were first linked in May 2017, although followers have speculated that the twosome met at the Met Gala the 12 months prior. Their romance sparked throughout a time when the Evermore artist was dealing with scrutiny following her cut up from Tom Hiddleston and amid her public feud with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
“I felt alone, I felt actually bitter,” Swift mentioned in her 2020 Netflix documentary, Ms. Americana. “I felt type of like a wounded animal lashing out. I figured I needed to reset every thing. I needed to reconstruct a whole perception system for my very own private sanity. I additionally was falling in love with somebody who had a splendidly regular, balanced life.”
Swift added that the pair made a aware effort on the time to maintain their romance underneath wraps for so long as doable.
“We determined collectively we wished our relationship to be non-public,” she mentioned. “Regardless that it was [a] really horrible [time], I used to be blissful. However I wasn’t blissful in the way in which I used to be skilled to be blissful. It was happiness with out anybody else’s enter. We have been simply … blissful.”
In October 2017, a supply solely instructed Us that duo have been “taking it slow” but “very much in love” — and have been having fun with the normalcy of a low-key life-style.
“It’s very regular, and nobody actually is aware of about it proper now,” the insider mentioned on the time. “They only work out, watch films collectively and invite mates over. Taylor likes to cook dinner and bake for him.”
After greater than three years collectively, one other supply instructed Us that Swift considered her beau as “one of many solely protected constants in her life.”
Whereas the insider shared that the previous couple had “talked about future and marriage,” they famous that there was no “set deadline in place.” When Swift launched her 10th studio album, Midnights, in October 2022, she seemingly hinted at dealing with public strain to succeed in the subsequent main relationship milestone while discussing her single “Lavender Haze.”
“Theoretically, if you’re within the lavender haze, you’ll do something to remain there and never allow you to folks convey you down off of that cloud. And I feel lots of people should cope with this now, not simply ‘public figures’ as a result of we reside within the period of social media and if the world finds out you’re in love with someone, they’re going to weigh in on it,” she mentioned in a Republic Records clip forward of the album’s launch. “My relationship for six years, we’ve needed to doge bizarre rumors … and we simply ignore it. And so this track is in regards to the act of ignoring that stuff to guard the actual stuff.”
Writing about Alwyn is one thing Swift has been doing since 2017’s Popularity — and continued all through her subsequent 4 information: Lover, Folklore, Evermore and Midnights — with the England native even co-writing a number of tracks for the albums underneath the pseudonym William Bowery.
“Joe and I actually love unhappy songs. We’ve at all times bonded over music. … We write the saddest. We simply actually love unhappy songs. What can I say?” Swift instructed Zane Lowe on his Apple Music present in December 2022. “And I say it was a shock that we began writing collectively, however in a manner, it wasn’t as a result of we have now at all times bonded over music and had the identical musical tastes. And he’s at all times the one that’s exhibiting me songs by artists after which they turn out to be my favourite songs.”
When Swift gained Album of the Year at the 2021 Grammy’s for Folklore, the Mary Queen of Scots actor was one of many first folks she thanked. “[Joe], he’s the primary one who I play each new track I write,” Swift gushed throughout her acceptance speech. “And I had the perfect time writing songs with you in quarantine.”
Whereas the 2 have usually communicated about their love by means of track, talking publicly about their relationship has been one thing they’ve each have averted, significantly Alwyn.
“I’m conscious folks wish to learn about that aspect of issues. I feel we have now been efficiently very non-public and that has now sunk in for folks,” the Harriet star mentioned within the October 2018 subject of British Vogue. “However I actually choose to speak about work.”
In April 2022, he additional opened as much as Elle about his reasoning for being so “guided and personal” in terms of his life with the “Anti-Hero” songstress.
“It’s more a response to something else,” he mentioned. “We reside in a tradition that’s so more and more intrusive. The extra you give and albeit, even when you don’t give it, one thing shall be taken.”
The next month, Alwyn addressed rumors that he had proposed to the Pennsylvania native — and as soon as once more reinstated that he prefered to maintain his relationship out of the highlight.
“If I had a pound for each time I feel I’ve been instructed I’ve been engaged, then I’d have quite a lot of pound cash,” Alwyn joked to WSJ. Magazine on the time. “I imply, the reality is, if the reply was sure, I wouldn’t say, and if the reply was no, I wouldn’t say.”
Us confirmed on April 9 that the duo had called it quits, however neither Swift nor Alwyn have commented on the breakup. Nonetheless, the “Bejeweled” singer — who’s at present on her Eras tour — might have hinted on the cut up throughout her March 31 live performance in Arlington, Texas, when she swapped the track “Invisible String” for “The 1″ on her setlist.
Whereas “Invisible String” particulars how she fell in love with the Boy Erased actor, “The 1” discusses the tip of a relationship between two folks who wished they were right for each other. Swift was additionally seen tearing up throughout her efficiency of “Champagne Issues,” which reveals a wedding proposal gone mistaken.