Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn have ‘broken up’ after six years together, reports claim

Multiple reports say the pair split several weeks ago

Kate Ng
Sunday 09 April 2023 07:48 BST
Taylor Swift opens up on writing songs with boyfriend Joe Alwyn

Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn have gone their separate ways after six years of dating, multiple reports have claimed.

The couple, who started dating in 2016, have kept much of their relationship out of the spotlight. However, it has now been reported that Swift and Alywn broke up several weeks ago.

The singer, 33, is currently playing across the US as part of her Eras Tour. Alwyn has not been spotted at any of her shows since she began performing on 18 March.

According to Entertainment Tonight, who first reported on the split, a source said the break-up was “not dramatic”.

Instead, the source claims, the “relationship had just run its course”, which is why Alwyn has not been present at any of Swift’s Eras shows.

A source close to the pair also reportedly confirmed the split to People.

The Independent has contacted Swift and Alwyn’s representatives for comment.

Alwyn has previously appeared on writing credits for several of Swift’s tracks under the pseudonym William Bowery, including songs on the albums Folklore, Evermore and Midnights.

Last year, the Conversations with Friends star explained why he did not wish to discuss his relationship with the “Lavender Haze” singer in the press.

Speaking to The Guardian, he said: “It’s just not for other people. And I don’t say that with aggression. 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.”

Swift was also known for keeping the relationship private, and has only made rare comments about it over the years.

In October, she opened up about her song “Lavender Haze” and described how social media has impacted relationships, including her own.

“Like my relationship for six years, we’ve had to dodge weird rumours, tabloid stuff, and we just ignore it,” she said in an Instagram video. “So this song is about the act of ignoring that stuff to protect the real stuff.”

Swift and Alwyn are believed to have met for the first time at the 2016 Met Gala. Fans speculated that her song “Dress” from her 2017 album Reputation includes a line about the actor, as she wrote: “Flashback when you met me, your buzz cut and my hair bleached” in reference to their hairstyles at the fashion event.

They were seen travelling together and going on dates throughout 2018 and 2019, but it wasn’t until 2020 when they made their public debut as a couple. Swift and Alwyn attended the 2020 Golden Globes and shared the same table.

Last year, it was rumoured that the pair were engaged. Neither party confirmed or denied the reports.

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