A History of Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn's Gorgeous Love Story

Superstar singer and The Favourite actor's romance went public two years ago today

By Jess Cohen May 16, 2019 3:57 PMTags
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Taylor Swift appears to have found her endgame.

Today, May 16, marks two years since the "Dress" singer's relationship with Mary Queen of Scots actor Joe Alwyn first went public. By the time reports surfaced of their romance, the talented duo had already been dating for months, choosing to keep their relationship as private as possible. During that time, T.Swift was keeping a very low-profile while secretly working on her album, reputation.

Swift's sixth studio album was a nod to a series of highs and lows in her personal life. While the album had references to heartbreak, getaway cars and deceit, it also gave Swift's fans a glimpse into her new romance with Alwyn.

Taylor Swift & Joe Alwyn Take Their Romance to New Level

Since the Grammy winner had been off the radar for much of 2017, Swifties were unaware of what the singer had been up to during her time away. On reputation, Swift let them know—she'd been falling in love with a gorgeous guy with ocean blue eyes.

After tipping a hat to the romance on her album with songs like "Gorgeous" and "Call It What You Want," Swift and Alwyn began making rare public appearances together. In late 2017, Alwyn attended Swift's Jingle Ball performance, where they packed on the PDA. He was also spotted with his family at multiple shows during Swift's reputation tour.

Watch: Taylor Swift & Joe Alwyn Take Their Romance to New Level

In 2018, Swift returned the favor, attending events for Alwyn's films, evening giving him a sweet-shout on Instagram for his movie, The Favourite.

Despite being in the spotlight, Swift and Alwyn have found a way to keep their romance as private as they want it to be. Instead of posting photos of each other on social media all of the time, they're sharing bits of their romance on their terms, which seems to be the key to their successful relationship.

So, in celebration of #Jaylor, we're looking back at their relationship through the years. Take a trip down memory lane with Swift and Alwyn's romance rewind below!

May 2017

Reports surface that superstar Swift is dating British actor Alwyn. However, the couple is rumored to have been together since the fall of 2016.

June 2017

Alwyn and Swift are photographed enjoying the view from a balcony in Nashville.

December 2017

The couple holds hands as they return to her New York City apartment following her performance at Jingle Ball.

March 2018

Swift and Alwyn are spotted on a hike together in Malibu. The "End Game" singer can be seen wearing her necklace with a "J" initial on it.

July 2018

The gorgeous duo enjoy a romantic walk on the beach in Turks and Caicos.

August 2018

The Favourite actor and his leading lady are spotted dining at British steakhouse Hawksmoor in Covenant Garden.

December 2018

Baby, it's cold outside! The couple strolls around New York City ahead of New Year's Eve.

January 2019

Swift surprised everyone when she presented at the 2019 Golden Globes in January. She was also in attendance to support Alwyn, whose film The Favourite was nominated at the ceremony.

February 2019

Can't rain on their parade! Swift smiles while leaving The Spaniards Inn with her actor beau.

February 2019

Swift and Alwyn have a glamorous night out after the 2019 BAFTA Film Awards.

May 2019

You can't spell "romance" without "me!": The duo hold hands while strolling through the streets of Paris.


December 2019

The actor once again proves he's her No. 1 fan after attending the Cats premiere together.

January 2020

After Taylor celebrated her nomination for Best Original Song at the 2020 Golden Globes, the singer kept the fun going by attending the Creative Artists Agency's after-party at the Sunset Tower Hotel with Joe. "They looked inseparable and really in love," an insider shared with E! News. "Taylor had her arm on Joe, and she leaned in to kiss him several times."

April 2020

In the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic, Joe confirmed he was in quarantine with Taylor thanks to a social media post. The English actor took to his Instagram Stories to share a few adorable cat photos—and yes, they totally look like Taylor's fur babies. Mystery solved! 

July 2020

The pair officially release music together. They collaborated on her two pandemic albums, folklore and evermore, as well as the song "Sweet Nothing" on her 2022 album Midnights.