Joe Alwyn flew first-class from London to LA, probably to spend NYE with Tay-Tay?

Joe Alwyn looks a little tired as he arrives to LAX

2017 was a different kind of year for Taylor Swift. She still made tens of millions of dollars and sold a lot of music, but Tay-Tay was still dealing with the hangover of 2016’s Receipts. I’m not saying that as any kind of shade – I’ve listened to Reputation, and there are references to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West woven through the lyrics of many songs. Arguably, her first single “Look What You Made Me Do” was completely about the Receipts as well, even if I found Taylor’s message to be… strained, let’s say. Throughout the entire year, Taylor was also with “Handsome” Joe Alwyn, and he became her “muse” for many of the love songs on Reputation, although I’m still arguing that many of the songs started out as songs about Calvin Harris or Tom Hiddleston, and she kept rewriting them so they would be about Handsome Joe too.

Anyway, here are some photos of Handsome Joe arriving a LAX on Thursday. He was seen and photographed flying out of Heathrow in London earlier on Thursday too – he flew first-class, he didn’t fly on Taylor’s private jet. According to the Daily Mail, he spent some time over the Christmas holiday in London, likely with his family. Considering he flew first-class on a commercial airline, I think it’s safe to say that Taylor was not in London with him over Christmas. She was probably in LA with her family, or maybe in Nashville, who knows? They obviously decided to meet up, post-Christmas, in LA.

So what will 2018 bring for JoeTay? I don’t know. I think all of the “sources” claiming that Handsome Joe is The One are probably wrong about everything. I think JoeTay will stay together-ish through her tour, probably, and then they’ll be over and then who knows? Either that or they’ll break up just before her tour. In any case, I haven’t given Handsome Joe enough credit: he has really great hair. Taylor has a thing for guys with great hair, doesn’t she?

Joe Alwyn looks a little tired as he arrives to LAX

Joe Alwyn looks a little tired as he arrives to LAX

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. Louise says:

    Prefer Tom!

    • Hh says:

      Same. I liked having fun gossip to care about. This Joe fellow does nothing for me (which is ultimately irrelevant because I don’t have to date him lol).

    • Sophia's Side eye says:

      Tom comes off like a really nice guy so I agree.

      Although I don’t think this guy is bad looking and Kaiser is right, he does have great hair. But he always looks kind of pissy. lol

  2. MI6 says:

    Poor kid. I thought he would’ve bailed by now.
    And yes, Kaiser, many of those songs were written with Hiddles in mind and switched up to fit the current narrative. No wonder he was blindsided. 🐍🐍
    Thanks, as always, for your caustic insight.

  3. Red says:

    You know this is a leak from her team, nobody was caring what this kid was doing this time last year. I thought she wanted privacy????? He looks just like Taylor would if she was a guy. They both have all the right features to be attractive, but something just doesn’t add up.

  4. susiecue says:

    He has really bad RBF.

  5. Morning Coffee says:

    I really don’t find “Handsome Joe” all that handsome. Am I the only one?

    • QueenB says:

      According to online comments no you are not. It doesnt help that he is sold to us as gorgeous which only leads to people having higher expectations.

    • my3cents says:

      I find him “creepy Joe” not handsome at all

    • MI6 says:

      He’s an unusual looking young man, but most beautiful people are slightly odd looking anyway.
      He’s also extremely talented. Just really awful taste in women, apparently.

    • Aren says:

      I just came to say the same. Currently, there are a bunch of really gorgeous male models, he’s definitely not one of them.

    • Norman Bates' Mother says:

      Why is he called Handsome Joe and not Gorgeous Joe since the embarrassing song about him is titled “Gorgeous”? When they split up, he will regret being the subject of all those gushy, vomit-inducing lyrics.

    • KBB says:

      He looks like a male version of Cate Blanchett to me. But I find her beautiful and him completely bland and plain. He isn’t ugly, but he also isn’t attractive. Taylor Swift has that same quality to me.

    • magnoliarose says:

      He looks like the tragic consumptive brother of the hero in a Victorian melodrama.

      • Millennial says:

        MagnoliaRose, I just spit out my drink! Too funny. I think these are some of the best pictures I’ve seen of him, but he’s just average to me.

    • OOOHH! says:

      You’re not the only one. I don’t get it as well. Every photo of him I see, I want to hand him soap and a wash cloth for his face and ears, I don’t know why.

  6. Beth says:

    He doesn’t look as young as he usually does, but that pissed off scowling expression makes him very unattractive

    • laulau says:

      So true, especially when this must have been set up, why else would the paps care about his plans?
      Also, at first glance I thought the straps of his backpack were ‘cold shoulder’ cut-outs and I started laughing so hard!

  7. equalitygadfly says:

    So performative! Feels like he’s playing the role of pap-hating STAH in a Hallmark Channel movie.

    I will say: he looks the most…(let’s go with)…”manly” he’s ever looked in that bottom pic.

  8. Nicole says:

    Well at least he doesn’t look 12 here so that’s a positive.
    But yea I’ve completely forgotten that she even released an album. The saturation has not been as heavy. And I wonder if it’s becuase the singles have not been megahits like the ones from 1989.

    • Beth says:

      I don’t know if her newest songs were megahits, but every time I go to Target or Subway, I cringe because one of those songs are playing. When I told a Target employee it was awful music, he groaned and said it’s on all day

      • Nicole says:

        makes sense she has a thing with target as they released her “magazines”. but yea for some reason i don’t feel the super hit like i did with 1989

  9. Surely Wolfbeak says:

    Wow! This guy is charisma personified.

  10. A Croatian says:

    I just can’t get over the fact he is her spitting image.

  11. Shijel says:

    Huh. I actually really like Joe on these pictures. He’s not what I’d consider traditionally pretty. Not particularly ‘golden retriever’ type beauty that HW and entertainment so prefers. And I’m in no place to comment on his RBF either, given that I have one myself and it’s -exhausting- when people keep commenting on it as if my neutral expression’s ruining their day.

    Anyway, can we consider Tay’s new album a success? I don’t think we can. She really tried but it was like a flash for a moment and then it was just sad sizzle and then silence.

    • gabbie says:

      it went #1 in 14 countries and was the best selling album of the year in multiple countries.. that’s not a success?

      • TaraT3 says:

        I think “success” is relative here. Anything Taylor Swift put out was going to break records. But considering how much play 1989 got, this one has fallen a bit flat – to her standards.

        Also, and this definitely doesn’t matter when looking at the numbers, but the reason this album sold so much for her was because fans bought so many copies each. With 1989, lots of people bought the album and gave it great word of mouth. Less people bought reputation. Virtually no one I know listens to it and we all liked 1989 well enough. And I know saying “no one I know” doesn’t account for much, as people are obviously listening to it..but I guess my point is that her mega fans went way hard on reputation, where as the public as a whole generally liked 1989, hence why it was everywhere for so long.

      • Una says:

        Taylor Swift is Star Wars of musicians. What would be considered resounding success for any other singer can be an underwhelming success for her. Although I am not convinced this album have been unsuccessful. We’ll see with next single how it will go for her.

      • Alleycat says:

        @Gabbie of course she’s still successful, she has a crazy amount of stans that will buy anything she puts out. However, the rest of the public is not buying it as much they were for her previous albums. Look at the iTunes Charts. Her singles aren’t even in the top 20. Her album is like #4. In general, yes that’s still successful. But 1989 was #1 for like months and her singles were overlapping each other. She’s not as successful as she was prior. She hasn’t even sold out her tour yet.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Her album became the top selling album of the entire year in its first week (per Billboard). I think objectively, that is successful. It’d be hard to make the argument that the best selling album of the year was a failure.

      I don’t like her music for the most part, but she does sell.

    • Nicole says:

      I was just saying the same. We know her fans bought 4 copies of her album for that ticket thing (stupid) so that inflates numbers which is not as impressive. I also feel like more DIFFERENT people bought 1989. Her singles were successful. The only single I know by name is the first and I couldn’t sing the chorus for the song. Which is not typical because even when i didnt like her music i knew her big stuff

    • jetlagged says:

      Her first two singles from Reputation have already peaked and are now in the bottom half of the Hot 100 and dropping. End Game is at #42 and climbing, but not exactly burning up the charts. I noticed Last Christmas by Wham is at #43 – that song is almost thirty years old (and still better than any of Swift’s music).

    • Ozogirl says:

      I agree. The singles didn’t catch on like previous ones… I think Getaway Car is her only shot at a big hit for this album.

    • magnoliarose says:

      No, it isn’t. There is no buzz or excitement around it though I think it is because she is still overexposed and has a limited fanbase. The public is on to her strategy, so it seems stale. She wants to stay out of politics and social commentary, but these aren’t good times for that stance. The alt right connection is still a thing, and she gets a lot of negative press.
      She’s one of the most disliked celebrities, and it doesn’t help her draw new fans.

      A whole new approach should take place next time to reinvent her image.

    • virginfangirl says:

      It will be easier to judge the public’s love for her new music by how packed her stadium tours end up. Yes, her fans bought multiple copies of her album, something that very unlikely happened with Adele. But I doubt one person will buy multiple concert seats, unless they are REALLY into throwing lots of money down the drain. So it will be interesting to see the crowds for her concerts.

    • Bee says:

      The ironic thing about Taylor Swift and her epic fame is that none of her music is memorable, timeless or not going to date. She will not enter the public conscious as anyone of note in the long term. She’s like the Debbie Gibson of today, and can only dream of being a Madonna who will leave a legacy of super memorable music some of which enter popular culture as classics. The fuss over Taylor is completely unjustified.

  12. gabbie says:

    i’m not sure she’s dealing with any hangover, she had the best selling album of 2017 and she reached it within the first four days. i think she’s alright.

  13. Shannon says:

    He’s a cute kid. He looks … normal. Like a college kid on his way home from break. He does have RBF, but I do too so I can’t fault him for that. I literally have to remind myself to smile sometimes because I get in my own little world and my RBF makes people ask what’s wrong lol

  14. Gaby says:

    He looks better in these pics, but also way too much like Taylor, they could easily be cousins or siblings.

  15. a reader says:

    He has the most amazing case of male RBF I’ve ever seen. Bless his heart.

  16. seesittellsit says:

    I’m sorry, as far as I am concerned, the idea that Alwyn is “fulfilling” Swift as a woman is so ludicrous as to beggar description. I mean – honestly!

  17. Lucy says:

    He’s hot. Like his RBF. Would date.

  18. CharlieBouquet says:

    He looks like what would happen if Draco Malfoy and Ed Norton made a baby.

    • Mei says:

      Lol!! So true. It’s beyond perfect, especially as his RBF is definitely similar to Edward Norton’s expression but just extra angsty.

  19. jetlagged says:

    He’s…tall. That’s all I got.

  20. Bliss 51 says:

    His eyes look dead.

  21. Jenna says:

    What a resting b face this kid has. I don’t find him remotely attractive / but then, he is not my boyfriend. I like a little more charisma and mischievousness in a man

  22. wood dragon says:

    The guy is attractive in a bland way. He can act probably, but there’s zero charisma. He doesn’t have ‘it’.
    Hiddleston has charisma and personality.
    Damian Lewis is far more interesting.
    Rufus Sewell is Rufus!! I still remember seeing him for the first time in Middlemarch and going ‘wow! Who is that?’
    That young man has a long way to go. He’s still a little unripe.

    • no no says:

      I saw all his two movies. For me he isn;t a good actor – really wooden and with 0% charisma. And this dead eyes. Well Ta Tay contract toy boy is his only role now. I don’t see him as a big name in HW. There is a lot guys, even Brits, in his age who are far better and had a career. He will be forgotes as soon Snake cancel him as BF.

  23. DesertReal says:

    He’s needs to tighten up the sides of that cut. He definitely is veering dangerously close to old man mushroom head territory.

  24. seraph7 says:

    He looks like a petulant sixth former, Taylor can keep him!

    As for calling him handsome, with a mardy face on like that LOLWUT??

  25. DiligentDiva says:

    He’s bland, but a bland boyfriend/husband who won’t outshine Taylor is what she needs. She needs someone who won’t look like a stunt. I’m sorry but I think Joe’s gonna stay for a while. They’ve been dating for well over a year now, (longer if you buy into the theory that she was actually with Joe since the Met Gala meeting and just used Tom to make sure Joe wasn’t tainted by the summer of 2016 sh!tstorm) he’s the longest boyfriend he’s ever had. I wouldn’t be shocked if she marries him. She dedicated an entire album to how amazing there relationship is, she has to go through with the relationship now. She alluded to an engagement several times in the songs. And she’s not gonna do much better to be honest. It’s not like anyone high up will want to date her after the Hiddleswift failure. Unless she wants to marry a music producer or someone incredibly wealthy, she’s not gonna find someone in the entertainment industry willing to settle down with her.
    Also, I think maybe some of the songs on the album were about Calvin and then turned into Joe songs, but Tom. Nah. If you look her lines about him from Getaway Car and I Did Something Bad, Taylor makes it perfectly clear she had no real feelings towards him and was just using him. Calvin is a maybe, cause I think she was in love with him and hurt by him, Dancing with Our Hands Tied is certainly about Calvin in my opinion and I suspect End Game might be as well. Most of the songs were written though in the fall of 2016/winter 2017 so they would mostly be about Joe.

    • jetlagged says:

      “Taylor makes it perfectly clear she had no real feelings towards him and was just using him”. Golly, she’s a real peach isn’t she? Good luck Joe, you’re gonna need it.

      • DiligentDiva says:

        Yea I mean I didn’t say she was completely nice. She’s cutthroat as any and will use what she can to get what she wants. She used Tom 100%. Whether he was aware or not I’m unsure. I suspect he was, but who knows. She needed someone to take the fall for her during Kimye and distract from it. Tom did that. But it all backfired.
        That doesn’t mean what she feels for Joe isn’t real. Obviously, if she wanted to protect him from that I suspect it means she’s serious about him.
        I’m just saying, none of those love songs were written for Tom. Cause it’s obvious if you listen to the Tom songs that she didn’t have feelings for him.

      • MI6 says:

        👆 Jetlagged
        She doesn’t feel. She uses.

    • Beachhead says:

      The ironic part of this is… Taylor has met plenty of people who really did like her for who she is as a person, and her genuine personality. Zac Efron was one of those real sweet guys who liked Taylor more than a friend. Taylor obviously liked him back, but she didn’t know he was fwb with Collins, so she wrote Girl at Home about him, admitting she would’ve went with Efron, but, she knows what it felt like to be cheated on before, so she stopped herself.

      She found out later that Efron actually wasn’t dating Collins, it was just FWB, and then she backtracked.

      Regardless, Efron was one of the guys who would attend her shows and was in the crowd watching her keeping lowkey. He also at award shows, would be screaming and clapping for her, and whistling for her while smiling.

      She’s HAD nice guys come into her life, she chooses the bad ones over the good ones. She has a real bad taste. Efron offers everything Joe has offered her. Lowkey relationship/and into her, gives her everything, but she flaked out on him.

    • mamasita says:

      ‘They’ve been dating for well over a year now’- dating? He’s living with his parents in England. She’s living in US.

      • Erinn says:

        It’s almost as if Meghan Markle was living in the US and Harry was living in the UK. Clearly they weren’t dating.

  26. adastraperaspera says:

    “Joe Alwyn flew first class from London to LA probably to spend NYE at Fubar.”

  27. Bliss 51 says:

    Why would she use someone as a cover for seeing someone else? Is she living in the 50s, twentieth century?

    So how does this work? “Mr. Alwyn, as outlined in your contract, you will be departing Heathrow on (date/time) arriving at LAX at (date/time). The PR people will have contacted the paparazzi and you will be prepped at what point and where to look, ie, smiling, annoyed, rbf, etc. Are there any questions?”

  28. Jayna says:

    I also love great hair on a guy. I guess Tay-Tay and I have something in common.

    • Norman Bates' Mother says:

      Bruce Willis and Ralph Fiennes also had great hair at 26. Just saying… ;-)

      • Justme says:

        Yep. Jude Law too – and Tom H had a wonderful head of blond curls (still has quite a lot of course, but he gets a lot of grief for his high forehead). Don’t fall in love with the hair. I hope there is more than that in her attraction. I’m sure there is and I hope they are happy together.

      • Bee says:

        “Don’t fall in love with the hair”. Meghan Markle should take note.

  29. Sarah says:

    He’s not ugly at all- he just kind of looks fragile, like a character in a turn of the century novel who’s giving a brave fight against the consumption.

  30. Sara says:

    Why is It OK to rip this guy apart for his looks? If it was a woman people wouldnt accept it. Every post i see about him is full of comments critising his looks.

    I don’t understand why Tom Hiddleston fans who are offended if Toms looks are scrutinised go after this guy for his looks. Also it’s not a competition. Even if Taylor makes it one. I don’t think we should attack the guys she gets involved with and that includes not just Tom but all of them. I mean it’s not like this guy has done or said anything bad. In fact we haven’t heard from him at all. He may be just as nice as Tom for all we know.

    • Justme says:

      I think the problem is that all the general public knows about this guy is that he is “gorgeous “, which leaves the poor guy rather open. I do hope that he is a good guy and makes her happy (and vice-versa). Good luck to Joe!

    • Snowflake says:

      Yeah, I don’t like it either. Besides, some people don’t take good pictures. I don’t because my face is not symmetrical and my nose is crooked but people consider me attractive. I try not to comment on people’s looks because that’s something you can’t help. And you never know, he might Google himself and land on an article and read the nasty comments.

  31. virginfangirl says:

    Taylor has so many petty complaints about her exes. Seems she get’s really pressed over little things & makes them out to be hugely awful, and then she can’t let them go, seeking revenge through her songs. I’d say she needs a bf that’s like a rug, one she can control and walk all over, a yes ma’am kind of guy. Maybe she’s finally found one.

  32. Bee says:

    You know, I think I’d look happier if I’d just stepped off a First Class flight. That’s a FML face if I’ve ever seen one. And yeah, he’s not gorgeous.

  33. CM says:

    He looks like her twin :O

  34. Josie says:

    I’m sure the felling was mutual ;) The involvement with her didn’t do him any favours either.

    One of the news stories at the time said she was writing songs (this is during the Australia trip in July ‘16) so it’s likely songs were written with Tom in mind and the lyrics changed later on.

    You’re buying into her narrative; but it’s not useful to her unless you’re buying her album or concert tickets.

  35. virginfangirl says:

    I really can’t judge how Taylor felt by Todrick. He kisses Taylor’s ass so bad that he’ll say anything she wants him to say. Instead I’ll look to all the pap pics & videos of her & Tom. She looked extremely happy and quit smitten with him. Imagine being swept off your feet, leaving your old bf, traveling all around the world with this new hot guy. That experience had to result in some positive good feeling songs.

  36. Justme says:

    He may have been a rebound, but I think that saying she was miserable the entire time she was with him is an exaggeration. Why follow him around, even to Australia? Certainly he seems to have been all in with it and apparently didn’t realize she was so horribly unhappy. I think they when she went home after Australia, she realized that she didn’t really miss him and then had to find a way out of the relationship she had encouraged (“struck a match”.) I can see her being hunched over because of that (she’s always hunched over anyway, but we’ll let that pass.). It seems that he was surprised and upset by the breakup, but I imagine is over it now. If he is dating we are unlikely to find out, since alerting People magazine has never been his style.

  37. Sara says:

    I like tom but I also think it’s odd that people think there’s a whole collection of songs inspired by someone she only dated for 8 weeks. That is hardly even a relationship. It’s more likely that they were inspired by Calvin whom she dated for 18 months, if we are being completely honest. That is if they are backdated to pre the new guy.

  38. MI6 says:

    Exactly. 👆

  39. Bee says:

    Exactly, a miserable person doesn’t follow someone across the world. They make excuses why they can’t come. But it’s not at all surprising that she’s lasted longer with this manboy, she has the upper hand and that’s how she probably likes it.