Now that Swift is back in the spotlight, many people are curious about her dating life. After a fairly rocky 2016 (Swift broke up with Calvin Harris and then started dating Tom Hiddleston, splitting with him three months later), Swift has found love again. The “Look What You Made Me Do” singer is dating Joe Alwyn.
Unsurprisingly, a few of the songs on Reputation are rumored to be about her latest boyfriend (they include “Ready For It,” “Gorgeous,” and “King of My Heart”).
Alwyn is also in the entertainment business, breaking onto the scene in recent years. It seems Alwyn’s talent may be hereditary, as his dad, Richard, works as a documentary filmmaker. His mom, Elizabeth, is an author and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist.
Here is what you need to know:
1. He Is an Actor
Alwyn, 26, is an actor who’s most notable role to date has been in the wartime drama, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which was released in 2016. Director Ang Lee cast him just two days after he had left drama school. He was subsequently flown out to Georgia to meet Lee and the rest of the cast, which included Vin Diesel, Kristen Stewart, Steve Martin, and Chris Tucker. The film received mixed reviews from critics, but Alwyn received praise for his performance in the title role, providing what David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter deemed “an absorbing character study.”
Later that year, The Hollywood Reporter dubbed Alwyn “Hollywood’s Next Big Thing” and gave him a cover story that delved into his upbringing and his unlikely path to stardom.
In 2017, Alwyn appeared in The Sense of an Ending, opposite Michelle Dockery and Charlotte Rampling. He recently finished working on three films, Boy Erased, Mary Queen of Scots, and The Favourite, all slated for 2018 releases. He is currently filming Operation Finale; a description of the film is below.
“Years after World War II, a team of secret agents are brought together to track down Adolf Eichmann, the infamous Nazi architect of the Holocaust.”
2. He Studied at the National Youth Theatre in London & Still Lives with His Parents
Alwyn studied at the National Youth Theatre in London, and later studied drama at the University of Bristol and London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Not long after he graduated, he got his big break. Prior to starring in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Alwyn hadn’t ever been in front of the camera, according to The Sun.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Alwyn talked about his rise to fame — and said it happened “quickly.”
“It happened incredibly quickly. But at the heart of it [the film], the story is about a boy finding his place in the world. Although that takes place within this framework of this halftime show and the and all these bigger things swirling around him, its heart is something relatable,” Alwyn told the outlet.
Despite his attained success, Alwyn still lives with his parents in his hometown of Crouch End in North London.
3. He Has Been Dating Swift for Several Months, But They Try to Keep Their Romance as Private as Possible
Alwyn and Swift have actually been seeing each other for months without anything being detected by the public, according to The Sun. The outlet also reported that Swift has been renting a house in North London so that she and Alwyn could spend more time together.
Swift took fairly drastic precautions to keep her relationship with Alwyn a secret. According to The Sun, the “Shake It Off” singer wore disguises to meet her beau on several occasions. For example, she would wear a wig to keep things under wraps.
A source told the outlet that “after what happened with Tom Hiddleston, they were determined to keep it quiet.” Hiddleston, a fellow British actor, and Swift’s relationship was quickly burned by the searing lights of the tabloids. Their romance was hot and heavy for several weeks, but it fell apart at the seams after three months.
“Taylor made the trip to England to spend time with Joe’s family and friends, and Cara offered to have them at her place in Chiswick. Obviously Taylor can stay at the world’s swankiest hotels but that’s not really her bag. She’s trying to keep a low profile with Joe, and staying with Cara has let her do that. Instead of being stopped by fans for selfies, they’ve been able to come and go totally unnoticed. They can even walk Cara’s dog round the local park without anyone batting an eyelid,” a source told The Sun in September.
4. Ed Sheeran Thinks He’s a ‘Really Good Dude’
Alwyn doesn’t have to worry about getting approval from one of Swift’s good friends. “Shape of You” singer Ed Sheeran thinks that the British actor is a “really good dude.”
“He’s really nice. Really, really friendly. Really good dude,” Sheeran said during an interview on the Capital London Breakfast Show last month, according to Us Weekly. “We’re in touch quite a fair bit, you know. She’s been in London quite a bit as well,” Sheeran added.
He went on to say that he approves of Swift’s new album — which isn’t a surprise, given that he’s featured on a track.
“I think the songs are great. She’s really putting everything into the visuals as well. The visuals are really impressive. I think people will like the album,” Sheeran said. He didn’t make mention of any of the songs that are thought to be about Alwyn, however.
5. Friends Are Saying It’s ‘the Real Deal’
“Taylor has flown in private jets and her security has made it a military-like mission to prevent her from being seen,” a source told The Sun.
Why? Because it seems as though Swift and Alwyn are getting serious — at least, according to a close friend.
“This isn’t a new couple alert or a secret relationship — the only people this has been a secret to is the media,” a source told The Sun. The source added that Swift and Alwyn “are the real deal.”
Swift has had quite a few failed relationships over the years, but at 27, she might be ready to settle down. Nevertheless, she and Alwyn are said to be taking things slow.
“They have quite a low-key relationship, which Taylor likes. It’s very normal, and no one really knows about it right now. They just work out, watch movies together and invite friends over. Taylor loves to cook and bake for him. They are still taking it slow,” a source told Us Weekly.