In a surprising turn of events, Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn have ended their six-year relationship, leaving fans in shock.
Over the weekend, a source close to the couple confirmed to PEOPLE that the singer and her actor boyfriend have decided to go their separate ways.
The breakup news comes as Swift is traveling the country for her sold-out Eras tour, with Alwyn notably absent from the events. While the Grammy-winning singer and the “Favourite” star maintained a low profile throughout their relationship, Swift occasionally offered glimpses into their love story through her music.
Since the release of “Reputation” in 2017, Swift has written numerous tracks about the English actor, ranging from flirtatious pop songs to heartfelt love ballads. Alwyn also collaborated with Swift on recent projects, such as “Folklore,” “Evermore,” and “Midnights,” contributing under the pseudonym William Bowery.
Fans speculate that Swift hinted at their split during her recent Eras Tour when she exchanged a love ballad for a melancholic breakup song. Here’s what we know so far about Swift and Alwyn’s recent breakup:
In early April, a source revealed that the couple had broken up a “few weeks ago,” though the exact timing remains uncertain. Around the same time, Swift altered the Eras Tour setlist during her March 31 concert in Arlington, Texas, replacing “Invisible String” from “Folklore” with “The 1,” a nostalgic look back at lost love.
According to a source close to the couple, the split resulted from “differences in their personalities.” Despite having previously worked through rough patches, friends believed they would eventually reconcile. However, Swift and Alwyn “weren’t the right fit for one another.” The source also mentioned Alwyn’s struggle with Swift’s level of fame and the attention it garnered.
Aside from the challenges of living in the spotlight, the source added that “the differences in their personalities have also become harder to ignore after years together,” leading to the couple growing apart. Although they had discussed marriage, one insider stated that “Taylor didn’t see them working out in the long run.”