Taylor Swift & Joe Alwyn Broke Up After 6 Years, According To Reports

According to Entertainment Tonight, “the relationship had just run its course.”

Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn in 2020. Photo via Getty Images
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There were no Eras Tour stops on the weekend of April 8, but some major news from the “Lavender Haze” singer dropped anyway: Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn broke up, according to several reports. Entertainment Tonight broke the news, citing a source who said “the relationship had just run its course.” Bustle reached out to representatives for Swift and Alwyn for comment, but did not receive an immediate response.

The outlet said the split “was not dramatic,” and actually happened several weeks ago. This would explain why Alwyn was not one of the many celebrity guests at Swift’s first few Eras Tour shows, ET added.

Neither Swift nor Alwyn has publicly commented on the reported breakup. However, if you’ve been following their relationship for a while, you know that’s not surprising — because they’ve always been known for taking a private approach. In fact, one of Swift’s last public comments about Alwyn referenced this explicitly. “Like my relationship for six years we’ve had to dodge weird rumors, tabloid stuff, and we just ignore it,” she said in October of the inspiration for “Lavender Haze.” “So this song is about the act of ignoring that stuff to protect the real stuff.”

And as recently as August 2022, a source told Us Weekly that Swift and Alwyn were “wildly happy” and “excited about their future together.”

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Swift and Alwyn were first spotted together in 2017, and Alwyn confirmed the relationship in an interview with Vogue the following year. Though then, too, the couple was careful with how much they shared. “I’m aware people want to know about that side of things,” he said. “I think we have been successfully very private, and that has now sunk in for people.”

While many of Swift’s songs from Reputation onward feature apparent nods to Alwyn, the Conversations with Friends star wasn’t just Swift’s musical muse — he was her collaborator, too, recently taking up the pseudonym William Bowery and writing with Swift on several tracks from the last few years: from “Betty,” to the devastating “Champagne Problems,” to the low-key love song “Sweet Nothing.”

Because Swift and Alwyn reportedly parted ways weeks ago, it seems that Swift has been performing her Eras Tour set list and secret songs post-breakup. But of course, Swifties at the musician’s Tampa show on April 13 will be the first to see her after the news broke.