Taylor Swift has broken her usual discretion when it comes to her love life at the Grammy Awards. On Sunday night, the 31-year-old singer won the award for best album for Folklore , becoming the first female artist to win the award three times, having previously been awarded for her albums Fearless and 1989 . In her speech, the star had words of gratitude for all her collaborators, specifically for a very special one with whom she has shared her life for four years: British actor Joe Alwyn . “Joe is the first person to hear every song I write. And I had a great time writing songs with you in quarantine, "Swift said into the microphone and surprising everyone with a message with a double intention.
In addition to declaring her love in public as she had never done before, Swift reconfirmed that Alwyn , 30, helped compose two songs for Folklore , the album the American artist recorded during confinement. Under the pseudonym William Bowery, Joe Alwyn co-wrote the songs Exile and Betty with his partner. She also contributed to the tunes for Evermore and Champagne Problems , two tracks from the Evermore album that the former country diva released just five months after Folklore was released.
It was last November that Taylor Swift revealed the identity of her mystery collaborator during an interview with Disney +, where he acknowledged that his current partner was also among all his collaborators. "Joe plays the piano wonderfully and he's always playing, inventing and composing things," he said. The fans of the Shake it off interpreter were the ones who discovered that Alwyn could be William Bowery, because one of the couple's first public outings was at the Bowery Hotel and, in addition, the actor's great-grandfather was the composer William Alwyn, from who received his first name.
However, Swift's mention at the Grammys towards Alwyn has also served to confirm that their courtship continues. Partly thanks to the discretion of the couple, who have managed to keep their love out of public scrutiny. Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn met at the 2016 New York Metropolitan Museum gala, she was one of the stars of the night's red carpet and he was a complete stranger who was with Garrett Hendlund, his co-star in Billy Lynn , the typical American war hero film that passed without pain or glory on the cinema screens. There the first spark of a friendship relationship emerged that has turned into a full- blown sentimental relationship.
Although the singer has dedicated several songs to her from her latest albums, Alwyn has been to more than one Swift concert. She has accompanied him at the Golden Globes, at the BAFTA Awards and at the Oscars, when the actor attended for his work in La Favorita (2018). But they have never posed together on any red carpet and there are hardly any photos of the two beyond the one obtained by the paparazzi who chase them on each of their outings.
The obsession with keeping their relationship out of the spotlight comes in part because Taylor Swift knows well what it means to live a relationship in front of the public being famous. Her longest romances have been with the actor Jake Gyllenhaal and with the dj Calvin Haris, but many other temporary relationships have passed through her life with other well-known characters such as John Mayer, Taylor Lautner, Joe Jonas or even Harry Styles, with whom she dated during a year in 2012 and with whom he met again in public at the Grammys gala . Both were happy about the successes of the other and were seen very happy when the cameras caught them laughing during a common conversation.
At the end of last year, Swift spoke with Paul McCartney in Rolling Stone magazine about her interest in keeping their relationship out of everyone's reach. “Often with my anxieties, I can control how I am as a person and how I act and rationalize things, but I cannot control if there are 20 photographers hiding in the bushes and if they follow our car or interrupt our lives,” he said. "I can't control whether there will be a weird, fake headline about us in the news tomorrow." A sentiment shared by both, as confirmed by the singer herself: “I think that by meeting 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 an imposition. , a story to comment on in the tabloid press. ”
A few words that the British actor himself confirmed a few years ago in another interview , where he was on the side of his partner when it came to keeping their romance private. “I understand the curiosity that private life arouses in the world in which we live. Well, I don't understand it but I know it exists. But I just don't feel like it's something I want to expose, ”said in 2019 the interpreter, who has participated in high-profile films such as Final Operation , Deleted Identity and Mary, Queen of Scotland , in addition to having posed as the image of fashion firms such as Prada.
Now, almost four years later, the couple continues to seek to get away from the media spotlight, but it seems that they have relaxed their secrecy and, in addition to being seen walking hand in hand through London or New York and sharing the same scenarios on their social networks They also do not hide their feelings in public, as Taylor Swift has shown at the Grammys.