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Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn's Relationship: A Complete Timeline – Seventeen

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“Went home and tried to stalk you on the Internet…”
Taylor Swift is no stranger to having her love life talked about online — in fact, the three-time Album of the Year Grammy Award-winning singer has made an entire career out of writing love songs. No matter what sort of sticky relationship situation you may find yourself in, Taylor has the perfect song for you to belt your heart out to. And now, she’s found herself a man who just may be The One.
Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn have been dating since 2016 and there’s no denying that their relationship has been incredibly private compared to T.Swift’s past flames (some of the more ~high profile~ ones being Harry Styles, Tom Hiddleston, Taylor Lautner, and Jake Gyllenhaal). But where this relationship lacks in flashy paparazzi photos, it makes up for in the form of songs written not just about Joe, but with Joe on Taylor’s Folklore and Evermore albums.
Swifties are second to none when it comes to interpreting clues and breaking down conspiracy theories, so we’ve gathered all of the major dates, photos, Tweets, and IRL events to put together a complete timeline of Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn’s relationship. The couple isn’t engaged yet, but .css-lec2h6{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;text-decoration-thickness:0.0625rem;text-decoration-color:inherit;text-underline-offset:0.25rem;color:inherit;-webkit-transition:all 0.3s ease-in-out;transition:all 0.3s ease-in-out;background-image:linear-gradient( to bottom, rgba(241, 220, 225, 1), rgba(241, 220, 225, 1));-webkit-background-position:0 100%;background-position:0 100%;background-repeat:repeat-x;-webkit-background-size:0 0;background-size:0 0;padding-top:0.05rem;padding-bottom:0.05rem;}.css-lec2h6:hover{color:#000000;text-decoration-color:border-link-body-hover;-webkit-background-size:.625rem 3.125rem;background-size:.625rem 3.125rem;}the rumors are definitely flying — keep checking down below for all of the updates on Taylor and Joe’s love story.
The lengths that Taylor will go to in order to protect her privacy includes dashing (and we truly mean dashing) out the door in high heels, hand-in-hand with Joe Alwyn. Twitter user @TheSwiftSociety posted a clip of the couple making a run for it while leaving the VMAs afterparty together in order to escape from paparazzi, sprinting straight into a ✨ getaway car ✨.
After much speculation about whether or not Taylor would attend the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards (she did) and whether it would be where Taylor and Joe made their red carpet debut (it was not), it makes sense that the couple wanted to keep their attendance under the radar. A little bit of cardio never hurt anybody 🤷
Heading off to the Bahamas for a romantic getaway? Yes, please. Taylor and Joe were photographed making out and packing on the PDA in crystal blue water. Engaged or not, the couple looked as happy as ever.
The actor appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show and shared why he and Taylor decided to not put his name directly on the Evermore and Folklore songwriting credits. “We chose to do it so the people, first and foremost, would listen to the music first before dissecting the fact that we did it together,” he said.
The name itself was a purposeful decision as well. “It was a combination of William, my great-grandfather — who I actually never met — [who] was a composer. He wrote a lot of classical music and he wrote a lot of film scores. And then Bowery is the area in New York that I spent a lot of time in when I first went over there. So, stick ’em together.”
Joe spoke to WSJ Magazine for an interview where he good-naturedly refused to answer the engagement rumors and speculation surrounding his relationship with Taylor. "If I had a pound for every time I think I’ve been told I’ve been engaged, then I’d have a lot of pound coins," he laughed, saying, "I mean, the truth is, if the answer was yes, I wouldn’t say, and if the answer was no, I wouldn’t say."
Joe also told ELLE UK, "It’s not really [because I] want to be guarded and private, it’s more a response to something else. We live in a culture that is so increasingly intrusive… The more you give—and frankly, even if you don’t give it—something will be taken.”
Joe spent time in Belfast, Ireland, to film the Hulu adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends and Taylor crossed the pond to visit him. Shu Restaurant posted selfies that their staff took with Taylor, captioning the post, "On Thursday evening we had the pleasure of serving Taylor Swift! 🤭 Taylor was so lovely and really is a beautiful person inside and out and she kindly agreed to get photos with all our staff!"
A source spoke to Entertainment Tonight, revealing that Taylor could really see herself marrying Joe. “They grew closer than ever during the quarantine and she really trusts him,” explained the source. “They’ve been continuing to be pretty low-key about their relationship to the outside world to continue to protect it…They’ve discussed future plans and Taylor can see herself marrying Joe one day.”
What’s that saying? Couples who win Grammy Awards together, stay together? The pair took home the Album of the Year award. Taylor accepted the award by herself, but made sure to give him an adorable shoutout in her acceptance speech. "Joe is the first person that I play every single song that I write, and I had the best time writing songs with you in quarantine," she gushed.
William Bowery, who we now know is Joe, is listed in the credits for "evermore," "champagne problems," and "coney island."
"Your integrity makes me seem small / You paint dreamscapes on the wall," sings Taylor in the Folklore song "Peace." The artist revealed to Paul McCartney in an article for Rolling Stone that the song was inspired by her romance with Joe. "I have definitely made decisions that have made my life feel more like a real life and less like just a storyline to be commented on in tabloids, whether that’s deciding where to live, who to hang out with, when to not take a picture—the idea of privacy feels so strange to try to explain, but it’s really just trying to find bits of normalcy. That’s what that song ‘Peace’ is talking about.”
Taylor also confirmed that Joe had helped her with the songwriting process in the Disney+ film folklore: the long pond studio sessions. "There’s been a lot of discussion about William Bowery and his identity because it’s not a real person. So, William Bowery is Joe, as we know."
Although Taylor had hesitations about bringing Joe into her work life, the two tried it out anyways after Taylor expressed, "Hey, this could be really weird, and we could hate this, so because we’re in quarantine and there’s nothing else going on, could we just try to see what it’s like if we write this song together?"
Taylor dropped her eighth studio album during the summer of 2020. Fans questioned whether the couple had broken up after listening to the song "the 1," when Taylor sang, "but it would’ve been fun if you would’ve been the one." Other fans speculated that Joe co-wrote two songs on the album under the pseudonym William Bowery when they couldn’t find a songwriter who went by that name on social media.
Joe revealed that he was holing up with Taylor (and her cats) when he posted a photo of her cat on his Instagram story in the middle of quarantine.
Taylor and Joe attended the NME Awards together, where Taylor won Best Solo Act in the World. @Sophklore posted an adorable video on Twitter of the couple embracing each other tightly at their table when it was announced that Taylor won.
Taylor’s documentary Miss Americana was released in 2020, a film following several years of her career as a singer-songwriter. Along with offering fans a glimpse into her life, the documentary also included precious footage of Taylor and Joe cuddling backstage and taking car rides together.
Taylor shared what it was like to go through her Snapchat drama with Kim Kardashian, saying, “I felt sort of like a wounded animal lashing out. I figured I had to reset everything. I had to reconstruct an entire belief system for my own personal sanity. I also was falling in love with someone who had a wonderfully normal, balanced life.” We wonder who that special someone might be…
E! reported that Taylor jetted off to London to spend her Christmas holiday with Joe and his family, before the couple headed to an island getaway to ring in the New Year together.
The two didn’t confirm their vacation, but someone else did! Matthew Crane wrote on Instagram, "So I can now finally reveal who I sung to on New Year’s Eve in the Maldives, probably the most notable Pop Star at the moment, the one and only @taylorswift and @joe.alwyn. They were both so friendly and kind to me when I performed, they even gave me a standing ovation and complimented on my voice. It was truly an honor and an experience that I will never forget. 🎤🎶”
And Joe Alwyn was in attendance to support his girlfriend, but Taylor walked the red carpet alone. She stunned in a red Oscar de la Renta dress and matching lipstick, owning the entire carpet by herself.
Days later, Joe told The Sunday Times that he finds it "flattering" to be the subject of Taylor’s songwriting. He also explained, "I don’t have any interest in tabloids. I know what I want to do, and that’s this, and that’s what I am doing."
Taylor and Joe were photographed leaving Zuma for Taylor’s Saturday Night Live afterparty, walking hand-in-hand. Joe wore a simple grey top and jeans while Taylor wore an oversized blazer and glittering pants, along with her signature red lipstick.

Lover is Taylor’s first album that directly addressed her relationship with Joe, and in true Swiftie form, the entire Internet started coming up with theories about what the various songs mean. "Paper Rings" sparked discussion thanks to the marriage-related lyrics, and some fans even believed that Taylor and Joe had already secretly gotten married.
But Taylor explained in an interview with The Guardian, "I’ve learned that if I do, people think it’s up for discussion, and our relationship isn’t up for discussion. If you and I were having a glass of wine right now, we’d be talking about it — but it’s just that it goes out into the world." Taylor continued, "That’s where the boundary is, and that’s where my life has become manageable. I really want to keep it feeling manageable."
Très romantique! Taylor and Joe ate breakfast at famous restaurant Café de Flore in Paris before talking a walk hand-in-hand through the City of Love. A few weeks later, the two went on a double date with Robert Pattinson and Suki Waterhouse at San Vicente Bungalows in Hollywood.
While they did not walk any red carpets together, the couple both attended the BAFTAs and the Golden Globes. Taylor (looking like Cinderella) and Joe were spotted together at the BAFTAs afterparty, walking hand-in-hand. Subtle!
This is the first time that Taylor acknowledged Joe’s existence, at least on Instagram. The singer posted the trailer for The Favourite, a movie that Joe acted in. "The Favourite is absolutely phenomenal, and it opens in NY and LA tomorrow— Swipe to see cities and dates!" wrote Taylor, tagging Joe along with Nicholas Hoult and The Favourite‘s official account.
And when we say he talked to British Vogue about Taylor, we really mean that he mentioned how he’s planning on keeping his lips sealed about Taylor. "I’m aware people want to know about that side of things,” he explained. “I think we have been successfully very private, and that has now sunk in for people.”
Taylor took a break from her Reputation tour to travel to Turks and Caicos for some much-needed R&R with her man. The two were spotted swimming together in the gorgeous blue waters, and a source described them as "lovey-dovey."
The two made another public appearance together in London on their way to a restaurant for date night, keeping their heads down and walking hand-in-hand into Hawksmoor steak restaurant.
Taylor and Joe made things official on social media! The couple didn’t post a photo together, per se, but they did post identical photos of themselves in the exact same spot next to a cactus. It’s practically a photo of the two of them, right?
It’s a holiday romance! Joe and Taylor were spotted walking hand-in-hand on their way to Madison Square Garden in NYC for Taylor’s Jingle Ball performance. Fans excitedly took to Twitter to post videos of the couple swaying and dancing with each other while Ed Sheeran performed his hit song "Perfect." A source told People, “Taylor was in the best mood. Joe stayed for the whole show and they later left together as well. They are staying at Taylor’s N.Y.C. apartment.”
A source told The Sun, “Taylor and Joe are the real deal, this is a very serious relationship. But after what happened with Tom Hiddleston, they were determined to keep it quiet.”
Taylor Swift released a deluxe version of Lover that came with personal diary entries relevant to her songs, including one reported by People that read, "I’m essentially based in London, hiding out trying to protect us from the nasty world that just wants to ruin things. We have been together and no one has found out for 3 months now." The timeline does line up to confirm that Taylor was writing about Joe.
While we don’t have official confirmation about where Taylor and Joe officially first met or how they got together, the lyrics to "Dress" by Taylor Swift have fans assuming that the two met at the 2016 Met Gala. “Flashback to when you met me, your buzzed cut and my hair bleached," sang Taylor, referencing her bleach blonde hair that she sported at the event.
The "Paper Rings" lyrics "Went home and tried to stalk you on the Internet" had fans using some non-traditional methods to confirm their theories that Taylor and Joe met on the first Monday of May. One Swiftie even went so far as to check Google Trends to see if there was any evidence of Taylor’s Google search and found a hilarious spike in his stats around May 2016.
taylor’s 2 google searches stalking joe after meeting him at the 2016 met gala pic.twitter.com/qknGbuJysr
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