Why Taylor Swift Is Skipping the 2023 Met Gala

Taylor Swift would've enchanted fans with her Met Gala 2023 red carpet attire. But find out why Grammy winner is missing the fashionable May 1 event in NYC.

By Jess Cohen, Kelly Gilmore May 02, 2023 1:00 AMTags
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Taylor Swift would've been a style mastermind at the 2023 Met Gala.

E! News confirms the "Maroon" singer—who's in the middle of her beloved Eras Tour—is not attending the May 1 red carpet event. Instead, she is getting ready for her record-breaking shows in Nashville on May 5, 6 and 7. 

Her besties Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are also skipping the Met Gala this year. (See all the stars who are attending the 2023 Met Gala here).

The Grammy winner has not been back to the Met Gala since 2016, when a then-bleached blonde Taylor served as a co-host of the event. The 2016 Met Gala is also when the artist is rumored to have connected with Joe Alwyn, as she referenced in her song "Dress," singing, "Flashback when you met me / Your buzzcut and my hair bleached." 

The duo went on to date for six years until recently calling it quits.

While both the "Bejeweled" singer and the Conversations With Friends actor have yet to formally address their split, Taylor previously opened up about the pressure they faced throughout their relationship.

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During an October discussion about her Midnights song "Lavender Haze," Taylor explained, "I guess, theoretically, when you're in the lavender haze, you'll do anything to stay there and not let people bring you down off that cloud," she continued. "And I think a lot of people have to deal with this now, not just like 'public figures,' because we live in the era of social media. And if the world finds out that you're in love with somebody, they're going to weigh in on it."

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"Like my relationship for six years, we've had to dodge weird rumors, tabloid stuff and we just ignore it," she continued. "And so this song is sort of about the act of ignoring that stuff to protect the real stuff."

As Taylor enters a new era in her personal life, let's take a look at all of the stars on the Met Gala red carpet below!

Kylie Jenner

In Jean Paul Gaultier

Gigi Hadid

In Givenchy

Cardi B

In Thom Browne

Kim Kardashian

In Schiaparelli

Rihanna

In Valentino

Bad Bunny

In Jacquemus

Gisele Bundchen

In Chanel SS07 Couture

Maluma

In BOSS

Lizzo

In Chanel

Pedro Pascal

In Valentino

Cara Delevingne

In Karl Lagerfeld

Jared Leto

In Karl Lagerfeld

Jennifer Lopez

In Ralph Lauren

Jenna Ortega

In Thom Browne

Paris Hilton

In Marc Jacobs

Viola Davis

In Valentino

Anne Hathaway

In Atelier Versace

Doja Cat

In Oscar de la Renta

Billie Eilish

In custom Simone Rocha with Cartier jewelry

Kendall Jenner

In Marc Jacobs

Margot Robbie

In Chanel

Letitia Wright

In Prada

Bradley Cooper

Janelle Monae

In Thom Browne

Daisy Edgar-Jones

In Gucci and Bucherer Fine Jewellery

Mindy Kaling

In Simkhai

A$AP Rocky

In Gucci

Priyanka Chopra Jonas

In Valentino

Nicola Peltz Beckham

In Valentino

Jessica Chastain

In Gucci

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