Taylor Swift has made a career off of singing songs based on her personal life. The country singer-turned-pop star has dated many famous men in her 29 years, including John Mayer, Jake Gyllenhaal, Joe Jonas, Tom Hiddleston, and Calvin Harris. And yes, there are songs about each of her past romances. While the celebrity has been outspoken about her relationships (and break-ups) in the past, Taylor seems to have taken on a new approach since dating British actor Joe Alwyn. The notoriously private couple have rarely been spotted out together and have never made an official red-carpet appearance. Joe and Taylor have reportedly been dating since September of 2016 and divide their time between his native London, California, and New York. Even though this couple likes to stay out of the spotlight, sources say they’re more serious than any of Taylor’s other past romances. Here are 20 photos showing just how cute this couple is together.
20 No One Knew They Were Dating At First
Taylor may be one of the most high-profile celebrities in the world, but she managed to keep her relationship with Joe under the radar for the first three months. It wasn’t until paparazzi snapped pictures of the two together that the cat was finally out of the bag. Nevertheless, photos of this celebrity couple are few and far between.
19 It’s A Long-Distance Relationship
Some fans may not know that joe is actually from the U.K, which makes his relationship with Taylor a bit complicated. The pair are technically in a long-distance relationship and are constantly making trips between his native U.K. and Taylor’s homes in LA and NYC. We’re sure the couple also travel many other places together thanks to their demanding careers.
18 They Did Break Up Briefly
It looks like the distance caught up to this couple because, in the summer of 2018, it was reported Taylor and Joe had broken up. However, only a few weeks later, the singer was spotted wearing a necklace with Joe’s name on it, confirming they were back on. Many fans believe Taylor referenced their brief break in her album Lover.
17 Taylor Uses Disguises To Visit Joe
Joe and Taylor have done a good job of limiting the number of paparazzi shots featuring them. A source once opened up to The Sun about the great lengths Taylor goes to, including wearing full-on disguises when going to visit her beau. "She's been walking around with Joe in London using disguises, like scarves and hats, to keep her identity under wraps,” the insider shared.
16 They’ve Already Discussed Marriage
Fans would love to see Taylor Swift get married- and that time may be coming. In September, Star reported that the singer was pressuring her beau to pop the question, adding that they’ve discussed “wedding plans.” A source went so far as to say that Katy Perry’s recent engagement to Orlando Bloom is making Tay speed things up. “She won’t be able to live with herself if her wedding is outdone by Katy,” they explained.
15 Some Fans Think They Already Tied The Knot
There’s been intense speculation over Taylor and Joe’s relationship since she seemingly hinted that they’re already wed in her new album Lover. There seem to be many lyrics and hints in music videos that fans are interpreting to mean they’re either married or are seriously considering it. For instance, in the song “It’s Nice to Have a Friend,” Taylor sings, “Church-bells ring / Carry me home / Rice on the ground / Looks like snow / Call my bluff / Call you babe".
14 There Have Also Been Baby Rumours
Along with the marriage speculation, there has been some talk about whether Taylor is pregnant or not. In June, Star claimed that the couple was expecting and planning to elope before the supposed baby’s arrival. “Their closest friends and family know their plans and are urging them to share what’s fast becoming Hollywood’s worst kept secret,” an insider shared, though a pregnancy announcement was never made.
13 Taylor Was Seeing Tom When She Fell For Joe
Before she began romancing Joe, Taylor had a bizarre yet brief fling with actor Tom Hiddleston. However, some people speculate that the musician was already starting to develop feelings for Joe while she was with Tom. In fact, many fans believe her song “Cruel Summer” confirms this exact theory.
12 She Refuses To Discuss Their Relationship Publicly
In the past, Taylor has been more than open about her dating life. But since getting with Joe, the singer prefers to stay silent on the subject of her personal life. “I’ve learned that if I do, people think it’s up for discussion, and our relationship isn’t up for discussion,” Tay told The Guardian in August. “That’s where the boundary is, and that’s where my life has become manageable.”
11 But Joe Is Referenced Everywhere In Her New Album
Though Taylor may not like to openly discuss her and Joe’s relationship, she gave fans insight into their romance in her new album Lover. Multiple songs reference the British actor, including “Paper Rings,” “I Think He Knows,” “London Boy,” “Daylight.” For now, that seems like this is most insight we’ll get into the couple’s private relationship.
10 She Bought A Place Next To His Months Into Dating
Evidently, Taylor and Joe knew their relationship was serious early on. According to Us Weekly, Taylor purchased an apartment in the U.K. close to her boyfriend’s residence only months after they began to date. Given how much time Taylor spends abroad to visit Joe, the decision makes sense albeit seems slightly rushed.
9 They Love To Pack On The PDA
Though this Hollywood couple may hate being spotted out together, the couple never shies away from being affectionate with one another. Many witnesses have attested during their time together that the two are always lovey-dovey in person. “They were surprisingly warm and intimate towards one another the whole evening,” an onlooker told Us Weekly last October after the two went on a sushi date.
8 But They Refuse To Attend Hollywood Events Together
To keep their relationship ultra-private, Joe and Taylor refuse to even walk the red carpet together. For instance, both celebrities attended the 2019 Golden Globes award show, but did so separately. Joe walked the red carpet and promoted his new movie The Favourite, while Taylor was only seen when presenting alongside her Cats co-star Idris Elba. The couple was spotted together at several after parties, however.
7 Joe Feels ‘Privileged’ To Date Taylor
There’s no denying that Taylor is the more famous one in this couple, and from the way sources describe it, it sounds like Joe is almost in awe of dating someone so high-profile. “Joe feels privileged that he gets to be with Taylor,” a source told Us Weekly. As for Taylor? They said she’s head over heels. “She wants to get engaged to him. She just doesn’t feel as though she has to impress anyone at this point.”
6 They Support Each Other’s Careers
With such high-profile careers, fans might think it’s easy for Joe and Taylor to get competitive (especially since Taylor has branched into acting with, ahem, Cats). However, sources say the couple is very supportive of each other’s professional goals. “Their personalities are very compatible, and they’re respectful of each other’s careers,” one insider told People.
5 They Want To Work Together In The Future
Now that Taylor has gotten into acting, it’s totally possible that she and Joe could work on a movie together. In fact, at the 2019 Golden Globes, Joe made it clear he’s not opposed to the idea. “It’s not planned at the moment, but who knows,” he told Us Weekly on the red carpet.
4 Her Friends All Approve Of Him
Taylor is known for her famous squad, so we bet it was important to her that her beau gets along with her large friend circle. Sources say that not only do her friends approve, they think he’s the perfect guy for her! “Taylor’s friends are all talking about a proposal and how she really wants to marry Joe,” an insider told Us Weekly. “He’s her dream guy.”
3 Joe Showed Her A Different Lifestyle
Taylor has definitely taken a step back from the spotlight in all regards (not just her relationship) since she started dating joe. According to one source, the actor has shown the singer the benefit of living a more low-key life. “Joe has really shown her a different lifestyle and the value of privacy,” they revealed to Us Weekly. “She credits Joe for that and realizes how much better off she is.”
2 They Go On Famous Double Dates
Joe and Taylor may enjoy keeping a low-profile, but that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy getting out and socializing. The couple has been spotted on double dates with many other famous pairs, including husband-and-wife duo Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds as well as Robert Pattinson and his latest flame.
1 Taylor Loves Baking For Him
From the sounds of it- and despite their star status- Taylor and Joe enjoy doing all of the normal stuff couples do. A source told Us Weekly that Taylor specifically loves trying out new recipes on her man. “They just work out, watch movies together and invite friends over. Taylor loves to cook and bake for him,” the insider said. “They are still taking it slow.”
Sources: Us Weekly, People Magazine, Refinery29, Daily Mail, Star Magazine