We have gathered every instance where the enduring couple discussed each other in interviews, documentaries, and more.
Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn have been in a relationship since 2016, but despite being together for six years, they have chosen to keep their personal lives out of the public eye.
Even though Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn have made it a point to keep their relationship private from the media, they have occasionally spoken about each other in interviews over the years, revealing the affection and admiration they have for one another.
In fact, the couple has collaborated on music as well. Joe Alwyn, who writes under a pseudonym, contributed to Taylor Swift’s 2020 albums “Folklore” and “Evermore.” He co-wrote the hit song “Exile” with Bon Iver, produced six other songs on “Folklore,” and penned three songs on “Evermore,” including “Champagne Problems,” “Coney Island,” and another collaboration with Justin Vernon titled “Evermore.”
Thanks to his contribution to “Folklore,” Joe Alwyn even won a Grammy of his own after the album won Album of the Year at the 2021 Grammy Awards. Currently, Alwyn is busy with his acting career, while Swift is occupied with re-recording her back catalog of albums.
To celebrate the love and privacy of Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn’s relationship, we have gathered every instance where the couple has mentioned each other in interviews, documentaries, and more. This includes Taylor Swift revealing to her fans that “Gorgeous” is about Alwyn and confirming that he is the co-writer William Bowery on “Folklore,” as well as Alwyn expressing his thoughts on love songs dedicated to him.
Here’s the complete list arranged in chronological order.
Taylor Swift Reveals “Gorgeous” is About Joe Alwyn to Fans in October 2017
At a Reputation secret listening session, a Taylor Swift who was present shared on Tumblr that Taylor Swift asked everyone to promise to confirm to anyone who asks that the song “Gorgeous” is “100 percent about her angel boyfriend of one year.” According to the post, Taylor Swift wanted people to know that it wasn’t a secret and encouraged fans to spread the word.
The lyrics of “Gorgeous,” including the line “You should take it as a compliment / That I got drunk and made fun of the way you talk,” made it easy to figure out that the song was about Joe Alwyn.
In September 2018, Joe Alwyn Discusses Taylor Swift in an Interview with British Vogue
During a September 2018 interview with British Vogue, Joe Alwyn commented on the couple’s privacy saying, “I’m aware people want to know about that side of things. I think we have been successfully very private, and that has now sunk in for people.”
“But I would rather talk about work,” he added.
Joe Alwyn Reiterates His Commitment to Keeping His Relationship with Taylor Swift Private – November 2018
It’s important to respect people’s privacy when it comes to their personal life,” he told GQ. When questioned about his preferred Taylor Swift song, Joe Alwyn chuckled and replied, “I’d rather not delve into that area.”
November 2018 – Taylor Swift Raves About ‘The Favourite’
Upon the release of the Oscar-nominated film, The Favourite, in which Joe Alwyn starred, Taylor Swift took to Instagram to show her support for her “Lover.” She wrote a sweet post alongside the trailer, saying, “The Favourite is absolutely phenomenal, and it opens in NY and LA tomorrow.”
August 2019 – Taylor Swift Discusses Maintaining Privacy and Balance in Her Relationship
Taylor Swift discusses the importance of keeping her relationship private and manageable in an August 2019 interview with The Guardian, saying “I’ve learned that if I do, people think it’s up for discussion, and our relationship isn’t up for discussion.” She goes on to explain that while she might discuss her relationship with a friend over a glass of wine, when it becomes public it becomes unmanageable. Taylor emphasizes the importance of setting boundaries to make her life feel manageable, and expresses her desire to continue doing so.
December 2019 – Joe Alwyn Discusses Love Songs Inspired by Him
In December 2019, Alwyn was asked by The Sunday Times about how he feels regarding Taylor Swift writing entire songs dedicated to him. To which he replied, “No, not at all. No. It’s flattering.”
Taylor Swift Reminisces on Falling in Love with Joe Alwyn: January 2020
In the Miss Americana documentary, Taylor Swift reflects on her relationship with Joe, saying, “I was falling in love with someone who had a really wonderfully normal, balanced, grounded life and we decided together that we wanted our relationship to be private.”
November 2020 – Taylor Swift Discusses the Meaning Behind ‘Peace’ With Paul McCartney
In November 2020, Swift discussed the personal significance of her song “Peace” with Paul McCartney for their Rolling Stone conversation. She explained how being with Joe Aleyn has helped her prioritize a more normal life and avoid being constantly scrutinized by the media. She shared, “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.”
In November 2020, Taylor Swift confirmed that her partner Joe Alwyn was the mysterious co-writer William Bowery, who was credited on her 2020 album “Folklore.”
In the documentary “Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions,” Taylor Swift confirmed what fans had suspected for some time: Joe Alwyn had helped her co-write two songs on her folklore album under the pseudonym William Bowery. According to Taylor Swift, Joe Alwyn is a talented pianist who is constantly creating and making things up, and he had even written the entire piano part for “exile.” She was so impressed by his contributions that she asked to keep writing with him on that song.
In December 2020, Taylor revealed that she and Joe Alwyn bonded over their shared love for music.
Taylor Swift expressed her love for sad songs and how it has brought her and Joe closer together. She revealed that they have always bonded over music, especially the sad ones, and that they share the same musical taste. She said that writing songs together was a surprise, but it wasn’t entirely unexpected since they have always connected through music.
According to Taylor Swift, Joe Alwyn is always playing instruments and he does it naturally, without any strategy or intention to write a song at that moment. She believes that if they hadn’t been in lockdown, they wouldn’t have taken the step to write a song together. But, she’s grateful that they did.
According to Taylor Swift, her musical collaboration with Joe Alwyn was not a surprise, as they have always bonded over their shared love of sad songs and similar musical tastes. She also mentioned that Joe Alwyn often plays instruments without any specific intention of writing a song, but being in lockdown provided them with an opportunity to collaborate and write together. Taylor Swift also noted that Joe Alwyn is the person who often introduces her to new artists and songs, which then become her favorites.
Taylor Swift Says Joe Alwyn Inspired Her to Share Her Political Views in February 2021.
Taylor Swift allowed her song “Only the Young” to be used in a video to encourage people to vote in the 2020 election. She said that she used to think it was better for musicians to stay out of politics, but the Trump presidency made her want to learn more and speak out. She talked with her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, about government and policy, and he supported her. She also talked with her family and friends about politics and learned more about her own beliefs. Taylor Swift is proud to endorse and support leaders who can bring the country together during this difficult time.
In March 2021, Taylor Swift expressed her gratitude towards Joe Alwyn in her Grammy acceptance speech.
While accepting the album of the year award for her album “Folklore” at the 2021 Grammy Awards, Taylor Swift thanked Joe, who is the first person she plays every song she writes for. She also expressed how much she enjoyed writing songs with him during quarantine.
February 2022 – Joe Alwyn Confirms He’s Currently in a Happy Relationship
During a presentation of Conversations With Friends CTAM, Joe stated, “I believe people should do what they want to do and what makes them happy. As for me, I am happy in a monogamous relationship.”
April 2022 – Joe Alwyn Shares His Plans for Writing Songs in the Future
When asked by Elle if he plans to continue writing songs after the success of his contributions as William Bowery, Joe Alwyn replied, “It’s not a plan of mine, no.”
April 2022 – Joe Alwyn Responds to Engagement Speculations
He told Wall Street Journal that in today’s culture, people expect to know everything about everyone. He doesn’t believe that just because he doesn’t post about his daily activities means that he’s a recluse.
When asked if he’s engaged, he said he’s been asked that question many times, and if he was, he wouldn’t reveal it, and if he wasn’t, he still wouldn’t say anything.
In May 2022, Joe Alwyn discussed his experience of winning a Grammy with Taylor Swift.
Actor Joe Alwyn talked about his experience receiving a Grammy as co-producer on six songs from Taylor Swift’s album “Folklore” in an interview with The Guardian. The album won album of the year at the 63rd Grammy Awards in 2021. Alwyn collaborated with Swift, using the pseudonym William Bowery, on the songs “Betty” and “Exile.” He described the experience as a “surreal bonus” of the pandemic lockdown.
According to Joe Alwyn, their collaboration on music was not pre-planned. He explained that they did not have a set schedule for writing songs together, and it was more of an impromptu idea that emerged when they were playing around on a piano and singing poorly. They then decided to see what would happen if they worked on a song together.
The actor clarified that their music collaboration was never intended to be a serious project. He described it as a fun activity they did during lockdown, and it was not done with the goal of releasing any music. Joe Alwyn compared their music-making to baking sourdough bread during quarantine. He even admitted that he played guitar poorly when he was in a school band called Anger Management at the age of 12. Joe Alwyn said that receiving a Grammy award was an unexpected and remarkable achievement.
Joe Alwyn revealed in an interview with The Guardian that he doesn’t really think about what it’s like to be dating one of the most famous singers in the world. He mentioned that he only thinks about it when he’s asked about it in interviews, and he tries not to dwell on it. “It’s not something I think about, unless I’m in situations like this, and someone says, ‘What’s it like?’ and I have to think about what to say about it,” he said. He further explained that their relationship is private and not for other people to know about.
Joe Alwyn Discusses Taylor Swift’s Reaction to His Steamy Scenes in ‘Conversations With Friends’ in May 2022
During a joint interview with co-star Alison Oliver, Joe Alwyn explained to Extra how his girlfriend Taylor Swift feels about his racy scenes in ‘Conversations With Friends’. “I mean she’s read the book and she loves the book, so she knows it,” he said. Alwyn went on to say that Taylor Swift is a huge fan of the project and couldn’t be more supportive.
Joe Alwyn expresses admiration for Taylor’s Honorary NYU Degree in May 2022
During NYU’s spring 2022 graduation ceremony, Taylor Swift achieved one of her lifelong career goals by receiving an honorary doctorate degree. In an interview with Extra, Alwyn expressed his admiration for Taylor Swift’s achievement, stating that it was “an incredible honor” and “absolutely amazing.”
Joe Alwyn Provides Insight into William Bowery Pseudonym in May 2022 Interview
During an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Joe Alwyn clarified the reasoning behind his William Bowery pseudonym in his collaboration with Taylor Swift. According to Alwyn, the decision was made to focus on the quality of the songs, rather than their partnership. “We chose to do it so the people first and foremost would listen to the music before dissecting the fact that we did it together. We did it under the name William Bowery. Very fancy. It sounds like a kind of Agatha Christie character that should be wearing a monocle with a big mustache,” he explained to Clarkson.