The Grammy-winning musician and British actor Joe Alwyn were first linked to each other in May 2017, when it was said that they had been dating quietly for months. Fans think that Swift and Alwyn first met at the 2016 Met Gala, although it’s unclear when they first met.
Since then, the couple has had some sweet moments in public, but they have kept much of their relationship private. Swift told The Guardian in a 2019 interview why she doesn’t like to talk about her relationship with Alwyn: “I’ve learned that if I do, people think it’s up for discussion, and our relationship isn’t up for discussion.”
Fans have seen a little bit of their sweet love story, though. Alwyn briefly appeared in Swift’s Miss Americana documentary, and the two wrote a few songs for Swift’s album Folklore together. Here is a complete timeline of Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn’s relationship, from the small ways they helped each other to the Grammy they won together.
On May 16, 2017, It Was First Said That Taylor Swift And Joe Alwyn Were Dating
In May 2017, The Sun said that Swift and Alwyn, 27 and 26 at the time, were dating. A source also told the news outlet that the two had been dating secretly for months before the news broke.
Swift added a diary entry to the deluxe version of her album Lover that seems to confirm this timeline. In a post from January 2017, she said, “I’m based in London, hiding out and trying to protect us from the nasty world that just wants to mess things up.” “We’ve been together for three months, and no one has found out.”
Even though it’s never been confirmed, many people think that Swift and Alwyn met at the 2016 Met Gala. This is primarily because of Swift’s song “Dress” lyrics from her album Reputation: “Flashback to when you met me/Your buzz cut/And my hair bleached.” At the 2016 event, Swift had bleached blonde hair, and Alwyn had a buzzcut.
Swift’s short-lived relationship with actor Tom Hiddleston ended in September 2016. The news of their relationship came eight months later.
June 2017: Joe Alwyn Spends Time With Taylor Swift’s Family
As soon as word got out that they were dating, they went to Nashville to see Swift’s parents. A source told at the time that they arrived in Nashville on Friday and spent the weekend there together. “Joe hasn’t spent much time with her family before, so things are getting more serious.
December 8, 2017: Joe Alwyn Supports Taylor Swift At Her Concert
In a rare public appearance, Joe Alwyn was at iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball in New York City to watch Taylor Swift perform. A source told at the time, “Taylor and Joe are spending time together in New York City. Taylor was in the best mood, smiling and waving to fans.” “Joe stayed for the show, and he and Taylor left together. They are staying at Taylor’s apartment in New York City.”
December 8, 2017: Joe Alwyn Supports Taylor Swift At Her Concert
Joe Alwyn was at iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball in New York City to see Taylor Swift perform. This was one of the few times he was seen in public.
“Taylor and Joe are spending time together in New York City,” a source told at the time. “Taylor was in the best mood, smiling and waving to fans.” “Joe stayed for the show, and he and Taylor left together. They are now staying at Taylor’s apartment in New York City.”
May 8, 2018: Taylor Swift And Joe Alwyn Make Things Instagram Official
About a year after it was first said that Swift and Alwyn were dating, they quietly made it official on Instagram. Swift and Alwyn, whose Instagram account was previously private, posted pictures of themselves standing next to a giant cactus on May 8, 2018. Swift’s caption talked about the start of her Reputation tour, but Alwyn’s only had a single cactus emoji.
January 6, 2019: Taylor Swift Supports Joe Alwyn At The Golden Globes
Even though she didn’t walk the red carpet with Alwyn, whose movie The Favourite was nominated for five Golden Globes, Swift was seen sneaking into the venue to support him at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Later, she and Idris Elba also gave awards for best original score and best original song in a movie.
February 10, 2019: Taylor Swift Skips The Grammy Awards To Attend The Baftas With Joe Alwyn
Swift decided not to go to the Grammys for the second year in a row in 2019. Instead, the singer went to the BAFTA Awards to support Alwyn, whose movie The Favourite won seven awards. Swift and Alwyn were seen together at the BAFTAs afterparty in London just hours before the Grammys in Los Angeles.
November 2020: Taylor Swift Opens Up About Her Private Relationship With Joe Alwyn
Swift talked openly with Paul McCartney for the cover of Rolling Stone about how she and Alwyn still have a “real life.” The singer spoke about how “scary” it can be to fall in love with someone who has a “very grounded, normal way of living” and hasn’t been exposed to the kind of attention she gets.
“When I’m anxious, I can sometimes control who I am as a person, how normal I act, and how I think about things, but I can’t control what 20 photographers do in the bushes, if they follow our car, or if they mess up our lives,” Swift said. “I can’t stop the news from making up a fake weird story about us tomorrow.”
March 14, 2021: Taylor Swift And Joe Alwyn Win A Grammy Award For Folklore
Swift made history at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards in L.A. when Folklore won album of the year for the third time. On the same night, Alwyn won his first Grammy Award for his work on the album.
Swift mentioned Alwyn in her speech, even though he didn’t come on stage with his girlfriend to accept the award. “Joe is the first person I play every song I write for, and writing songs with you in quarantine was the best time of my life,” she said.
Joe Alwyn Talks About Writing Songs With Taylor Swift On April 30, 2022
In an interview with The Guardian later that month, Alwyn talked about winning his first Grammy and spoke about how he and Swift first started writing songs together. He told the publication, “It wasn’t like, ‘It’s five o’clock, let’s try to write a song together.'” “I was fooling around on a piano and singing badly, and someone heard me. I was like, ‘Let’s see what happens if we get to the end of it together.'”
Alwyn said working with Swift was fun while they were in quarantine, “like baking sourdough in lockdown.” He did say, though, that winning the Grammy with Swift was a “ridiculous bonus.”
August 28, 2022: Taylor Swift And Joe Alwyn Attend A MTV Video Music Awards Afterparty
Fans saw Swift and Alwyn running to their car as they left the Moxy Chelsea hotel in New York City. The couple was one of many celebrities who went to the hotel’s Fleur Room for a VMAs afterparty.
— The Swift Society (@TheSwiftSociety) August 29, 2022
As they walked to the car, Swift held Alwyn’s hand tightly.
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- 1 On May 16, 2017, It Was First Said That Taylor Swift And Joe Alwyn Were Dating
- 2 June 2017: Joe Alwyn Spends Time With Taylor Swift’s Family
- 3 December 8, 2017: Joe Alwyn Supports Taylor Swift At Her Concert
- 4 December 8, 2017: Joe Alwyn Supports Taylor Swift At Her Concert
- 5 May 8, 2018: Taylor Swift And Joe Alwyn Make Things Instagram Official
- 6 January 6, 2019: Taylor Swift Supports Joe Alwyn At The Golden Globes
- 7 February 10, 2019: Taylor Swift Skips The Grammy Awards To Attend The Baftas With Joe Alwyn
- 8 November 2020: Taylor Swift Opens Up About Her Private Relationship With Joe Alwyn
- 9 March 14, 2021: Taylor Swift And Joe Alwyn Win A Grammy Award For Folklore
- 10 Joe Alwyn Talks About Writing Songs With Taylor Swift On April 30, 2022
- 11 August 28, 2022: Taylor Swift And Joe Alwyn Attend A MTV Video Music Awards Afterparty