Fresh off the release of Reputation, Taylor Swift is back in the public eye. In October, iHeartRadio announced that Swift would be headlining its annual Jingle Ball holiday concert. Fans are definitely ready for more Taylor, but when it comes to her new relationship, she appears to be keeping things low-key. Paparazzi spotted Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn leaving Jingle Ball on Dec. 8, and it's clear that they're staying intimate and personal.
We all know Swift isn't much of a secret keeper when it comes to her relationships. The singer has spent much of her career dating other high-profile celebrities, including Jake Gyllenhaal, Harry Styles, and Calvin Harris. But public relationships mean public breakups (and hit songs), and it seems like Swift is ready to turn over a new leaf. She's spent the last year or so out of the limelight in general, and clearly the same rules have applied to her romantic relationship.
According to Us Weekly, she hosted a private backstage party before the performance at Madison Square Garden, and she arrived with Alwyn via an inside garage. Swift also declined to do any red carpet or press before the performance. People reported that Alwyn stuck around for the show, and then the two left together, presumably to Swift's New York City apartment. From the looks of the photos, they're are definitely trying to keep a low profile.
Alwyn is a 26-year-old British actor and model, best known for starring alongside Kristen Stewart in Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. The two reportedly met at a secret Kings of Leon concert in Oct. 2016, according to Cosmopolitan UK. Then, in November of that year, Swift was spotted attending Alwyn's new movie with Este and Alana Haim.
From there, the details get pretty muddled, until May 2017, when Metro UK revealed that the two had been dating for several months. However, even though the relationship has become public knowledge, it appears Swift and Alwyn are both very committed to their privacy (at least for the time being). The primary evidence of her feelings for Alwyn has been found not in paparazzi shots on tabloid covers, but by fans in the songs on Reputation. Listeners are clinging on to "King of My Heart," "Getaway Car," and "Delicate" for details about the relationship, straight from Swift herself. Secret Session attendees recommended that fellow fans listen to the album in order, because it is a "story." The story of Swift and Alwyn, perhaps?
Relationship wise, it seems like things are definitely looking up for Swift. Although in the past she's suffered some nasty breakups (ahem, "We Are Never Getting Back Together"), she seems to be opting for a much more amicable, mature approach. After her and Tom Hiddleston broke up, he emphasized to GQ that he believes Swift is "an amazing woman," and that they "had the best time." This is a total 180 from Swift's past relationships, and honestly, I have to hand it to her. She's clearly come a long way, and it seems like a laid-back relationship is just what she needs.
Even without constant updates on Swift and Alwyn, it feels like Swift has been all over the headlines lately. First, with the release of Reputation, which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200, and then earlier this week when she appeared on TIME's magazine cover. Swift was named — along with a number of other individuals — TIME's Person of the Year as a Silence Breaker in the issue of sexual assault and harassment.
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