Is ‘Lover’ Taylor Swift’s Love Letter to Joe Alwyn?

Taylor Swift’s claim to fame is, without a doubt, her breakup tracks. There’s just something alluring about a singer spilling their heart out about an ex. One that the fans get to enjoy figuring out unless the call out is obvious. Swift doesn’t usually come right out and let fans know who she’s singing about and that adds a layer of mystery — one that makes her heartbreak ballads even more addicting.

A quick look through Swift’s discography and you’ll unearth quite a few gems. The latest up for debate is none other than her upcoming album Lover which drops later this month!

Why does Taylor Swift write about her love life?

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Swift has written about everyone she’s ever dated. At least that’s what it feels like. But the real question is why? What exactly is it that makes Swift pick up a pen and paper whenever she’s in love…or out of love for that matter?

The biggest draw is that music helps this country girl navigate the harsh reality that comes with a love lost. It’s how she heals from the trauma and speaks her truth. One that she makes public not just to those who hurt her but the world as well.

Breakup tunes allow Swift to spin her own narrative when it comes to her life. Being an A-list singer, gossip mags go crazy for her relationship deets. So, being able to make record-breaking songs ensures that she can set the record straight!

“When I write a song, it’s usually me just trying to get past something and understand something I’m going through by writing about it and that was definitely the case when I wrote the next song that I’m going to play.” – Taylor Swift

Who has Swift written about in the past?

Let’s take a quick look at Swift’s dating roster. There’s Harry Styles who Swift dated from October 2012 to January 2013. Once their relationship wrapped up, Swift “dedicated” “I Knew You Were Trouble,” “Style,” and “Out of the Woods” to the One Direction singer.

There was beloved actor Jake Gyllenhaal whom she dated in 2010. His breakup ballad was much harsher than Styles — “We’re Never Getting Back Together.” How did fans figure out the connection? Swift rocked a few gifts from the Nightcrawler actor in the video as easter eggs.

In 2009, Swift penned “Back in December” which was an homage to Twilight actor Taylor Lautner. The two crossed paths on the set of Valentine’s Day, and although their time together was brief, Swift couldn’t help but sing her heart out about his “tan skin and sweet smile.”

John Mayer is the obvious inspiration for “Dear John,” Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers has the very sweet “Forever and Always,” former Glee star Cory Monteith has the possessive “Mine,” and Conor Kennedy has “Begin Again.” See! All of Swift’s boyfriends have served as the framework for some of her most memorable tracks. 

Is ‘Lover’ a love letter to beau Joe Alwyn?

Word on the grapevine is Swift’s latest beau, Joe Alwyn, is the subject of her most recent albumSwift released the title track to stir up interest ahead of the full release and people went wild. Fans immediately began drawing possible connections between the song and her relationship with Alwyn.

The single, which matches a mid-tempo beat, features some pretty sweet lyrics. She talks about the home they’ve built as a couple, but it’s the bridge that got fans riled up all over social media. 

“Ladies and gentlemen, will you please stand. With every guitar scar string on my hand, I take this magnetic force of a man to be my lover, my heart’s been borrowed and yours has been blue, all’s well that ends well to end up with you, swear to be overdramatic and true to my lover, and you’ll save all your dirtiest jokes for me, and at every table I’ll save you a seat.” – Taylor Swift / Lover

Are those potential wedding vows? Fans certainly think so.