Actor Joe Alwyn recently opened up about his relationship with singer Taylor Swift.
The pair started dating in 2016 and have been extremely private about their six-year relationship. Earlier this year, there were rumors that the two had gotten engaged during a surprise trip to The Lakes district, which Taylor, 32, had written about in one of her songs. However, neither party has confirmed or denied the rumors.
In a recent conversation with Elle to promote his upcoming Hulu series, Joe, 31, explained why he keeps his relationship with Taylor so private.
Joe Alwyn Comments On The ‘Increasingly Intrusive’ Culture
The outlet asked Joe directly why he chooses to keep his relationship out of the public eye. Joe replied, “It’s not really [because I] want to be guarded and private. It’s more of a response to something else.”
“We live in a culture that is so increasingly intrusive … the more you give — and frankly, even if you don’t give it — something will be taken,” he explained.
In 2018, Joe told British Vogue that “I’m aware people want to know about that side of things. I think we have been successfully very private, and that has now sunk in for people … but I really prefer to talk about work.”
It seems that the “All Too Well” singer is also content to keep her relationship out of the spotlight. An insider told PEOPLE that Taylor “is very happy” in their relationship and even happier with Joe. “He is her rock,” the source said. “Their relationship is mature and wonderful.”
In 2020, Swift told singer Paul McCartney in an interview for Rolling Stone that her relationship with the “Boy Erased” actor helps give her a sense of “normalcy” in her life.
“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 and less like just a storyline to be commented on,” she said at the time.
“Whether that’s deciding where to live, who to hang out with, when to not take a picture … it’s really just trying to find bits of normalcy,” she added.
Taylor Swift Explains That Her Relationship With Joe Alwyn ‘Isn’t Up For Discussion’
In August 2019, Swift told The Guardian that she keeps her relationship private to avoid unwanted comments from the press.
When asked why she doesn’t talk about her relationship in interviews, Taylor explained, “I’ve learned that if I do, people think it’s up for discussion, and our relationship isn’t up for discussion.”
“If you and 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,” she explained. “That’s where the boundary is, and that’s where my life has become manageable.”
“I really want to keep it feeling manageable,” she added.
Taylor Swift & Joe Alwyn Have Started Writing Songs Together
It’s no secret that the “Lover” crooner has written many songs about her relationships. The song “Gorgeous” is rumored to be about Joe’s blue eyes. Fans also suspect that he’s the subject of the song “Delicate.”
When Taylor won Album of the Year at the 2021 Grammy Awards, Taylor thanked Joe by name, saying, “Joe, who is the first person that I sing every single song that I write.” She also said that she had “so much fun writing songs in quarantine with him.”
Fans who watched “Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions” on Disney+ know that Joe actually collaborated with the “Fearless” singer on multiple tracks for “folklore” and her follow-up album “evermore.” Joe helped create the beloved songs “betty” and “exile” on “folklore,” writing under the pseudonym William Bowery. He also contributed to “champagne problems,” “coney island” and “evermore” from her “evermore” album.
Life & Style reported that the low-key couple actually got engaged on a three-day trip to Cornwall back in January. However, those reports have not been confirmed by reps for either party. Whether they’re engaged or not, fans are just happy that Taylor and Joe are able to embrace the “normalcy” within their relationship.