I’ll admit it, I didn’t think Taylor Swift’s thing with Joe Alwyn would last. She met him as her thing with Tom Hiddleston (RIP Tiddles) was coming to an end, and her relationship with Joe seemed (to me) like a placeholder/jumpoff situation until she found someone more famous and interesting. But Taylor and Joe have now been together for more than four years, by far her longest relationship. There are constantly stories around about engagements or secret marriages, but I personally think Taylor is a little bit gun-shy about marriage, mostly because of finances. But still, Taylor and Joe are basically already married. They live together, they work together, they raise cats together. And so here’s People Mag’s story about all of that:
Taylor Swift and boyfriend Joe Alywn’s “Love Story” is going strong. In this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday, a source close to the superstar, 31, says she “is very happy” with the British actor, 29, whom she has dated for more than four years.
“He is her rock,” says the source. “Their relationship is mature and wonderful.”
While the source says that Swift “loves” that she and Alwyn “have been able to keep their relationship so private” since they started dating in 2016, the singer has been more open about him in recent months. Quarantining together amid the pandemic, the couple bonded even further by cowriting songs. After months of speculation, Swift confirmed in her Disney+ documentary Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions, which premiered in November, that “William Bowery” — the mystery songwriter on her Grammy-nominated surprise summer album folklore — is, in fact, Alwyn.
“I heard Joe singing the entire fully formed chorus of ‘Betty’ from another room, and I just was like, ‘Hello,’” Swift revealed in the film about the folklore track. “I came in and I was like, ‘Hey, this could be really weird and we could hate this, [but] because we’re in quarantine and there’s nothing else going on, could we just try to see what it’s like if we write this song together?’”
Swift has since teamed up with Alwyn for three more songs on her new album evermore, which dropped as a surprise for fans on Dec. 11. On the record, Alwyn (under his “William Bowery” pseudonym) is credited as a co-writer on three songs — “Champagne Problems,” “Coney Island” and evermore’s title track — but is happy to stay behind the scenes.
“Taylor was very excited to share a second album with fans, and Joe has been supportive as always,” the source says. “He is a very laidback person.”
In 2021, Swift likely won’t be slowing down, as she’s nominated for six Grammys at the annual awards ceremony being held on Jan. 31. But first, says the source, she and Alwyn “are looking forward to celebrating Christmas together.”
I think Joe probably is really laid-back, and that’s what Taylor needs. While I don’t really consider Taylor to be “high-strung,” I think she can be high-strung-adjacent and she needs someone calm and kind of boring to center her and get her to chill out. Tom Hiddleston wasn’t that guy. Calvin Harris wasn’t really that guy either. Anyway, there’s all the William Bowery news that’s fit to print. I have no idea why she insists on pseudonyms if she’s just going to tell people that Joe cowrote the songs anyway.
Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Taylor’s social media, Backgrid.