After some time out of the spotlight, Taylor Swift released her new single “Look What You Made Me Do” on Aug. 24, 2017, and her fans went wild. Many believe that the lyrics in the track are shots at the singer’s longtime nemesis Katy Perry, as well as Kayne West and Kim Kardashian. The song has become an instant hit, and the video has broken records for the number of times it’s been viewed.
In addition to having another chart-topping hit, Swift is dating British actor Joe Alwyn, who is best known for his role in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. This latest romance follows her very public relationship and split with Tom Hiddleston in 2016. Swift, however, is doing something different with Alwyn that she did not do with Hiddleston or any of the other famous men she’s dated — and that’s exactly why this relationship may actually work out.
Here’s a look at what we know about their relationship and why we think it could last.
The pair is keeping their relationship private
Keeping her love life under wraps is something Swift has never done while dating a fellow celebrity, but this change could be good for her and her relationship with Alwyn. So, what’s the reason she decided to go from so public to so private? Well, after some disastrous high-profile splits, making sure this romance stays out of the spotlight seems like the smart thing to do. Plus, an insider told E! News that she just didn’t want all the chaos and media attention that she got when she was with Hiddleston.
“She got buried in media being on top of her life during the last relationship, so she tried everything in her power to not have that happen again,” the source explained. “She worked very closely with her security team and management to make sure her life going forward was private. All of that madness really affected her.”
We didn’t know they were dating until months later
In May 2017, The Sun reported that the pair was dating, and Swift’s close friend later confirmed it. However, this news wasn’t revealed until after the two had already been together for months.
The friend said that people close to the artist knew, but that she and Alwyn were determined to keep it from the media.
Alwyn is ‘supportive’ of her work
We’re not saying Swift’s exes were or weren’t supportive of her work, but it’s good to know that Alwyn, who’s relatively new to the business, is not threatened by her fame and success.
“They seem to be on the same page,” a source told People, adding that “he is very supportive of her work.”
They’ve been spending time together, despite the long distance
The couple doesn’t live close to one another — in fact, there’s an ocean between them. But that hasn’t stopped them from spending plenty of quality time together.
They have been making their long-distance relationship work by flying back and forth to see one another as often as possible. Swift reportedly took a private jet to London and even rented a house near where Alwyn lives. The actor has also flown to the U.S. multiple times to be with his girlfriend.
They wear hoodies and other disguises so they aren’t noticed in public
The duo has taken extreme measures to ensure their privacy and make sure they aren’t swarmed by paparazzi when they don’t want to be photographed together. This includes wearing hoodies, wigs, scarves, and other disguises when they’re traveling or visiting one another. They also have decided not to let everyone know when they are home and when they are out of town.
“Taylor doesn’t even like her neighbors to know when she’s at home,” an insider said.
Swift skipped the MTV VMAs to avoid questions about Alwyn
Swift skipped the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards and had a few good reasons for doing so. Of course, it’s been speculated that she didn’t attend because she did not want to watch her foe, Perry, host the ceremony. But a source said that another reason may be because she did not want to be peppered with questions about her relationship with Alwyn.
“She didn’t want the media to ask about him,” a source close to the singer told US Weekly.
They are ‘very happy’ together
Those who know the couple say that Swift and her man really enjoy being with each other, and things are going well between them.
“Her decision to keep heris making her happy,” a source told People, adding that Alwyn feels the same way and is “very happy spending time at home with Taylor” when they visit one another.
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