After six seemingly blissful years together, Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn shocked fans with news of their sudden breakup. The split, confirmed by a close source over the weekend, has left Swifties around the world wondering: when and why did this power couple decide to part ways?
When Did Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn Break Up?
On April 8, 2023, a source close to the couple revealed that their breakup happened a “few weeks ago,” though the exact timing wasn’t specified, People. Coinciding with this revelation, Swift made a notable change to her Eras Tour setlist in Arlington, Texas. She swapped out “Invisible String,” a sweet ode to soulmates from Folklore, for the nostalgic breakup tune.
Why Did Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn Break Up?
According to a source close to the Grammy winner and the Conversations with Friends actor, the split was largely caused by “differences in their personalities.” The source revealed to People that, despite weathering rough patches in the past
Swift and Alwyn “weren’t the right fit for one another.” The challenges of Swift’s superstardom, with Joe struggling to cope with the level of fame and public attention, also played a significant role in their decision to part ways.
“In addition to the challenges of life in the limelight, the differences in their personalities have also become harder to ignore after years together,” added the source. “They’ve grown apart.” Despite discussions about marriage, Swift ultimately didn’t see a long-term future with Alwyn, as revealed by multiple sources.
Taylor Swift’s Reaction to the Breakup
Swift has not publicly commented on the breakup, but fans believe she may have alluded to it during her Eras Tour. The change in setlist, replacing a soulmate-focused track with a breakup tune, raised eyebrows among Swifties. The Arlington concert also featured acoustic performances of “Death By a Thousand Cuts” and “Clean,” both songs known for their themes of overcoming heartbreak.
Joe Alwyn’s Response
Like Swift, Alwyn has remained tight-lipped about the breakup on social media. However, he still follows Swift on Instagram, and sources suggest that the two are still “friendly” despite the end of their romantic relationship. “She doesn’t have anything bad to say about Joe,” an insider revealed. “They just grew apart. Taylor is staying very focused on her tour right now.”
Life After the Breakup: Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn’s Current Endeavors
Despite the breakup, Swift and Alwyn are keeping busy in their respective careers. Swift is in the midst of her Eras Tour, which concludes its U.S. leg in August. Simultaneously, she is diligently re-recording her past albums, dropping subtle hints of a soon-to-come release of Speak Now.
On the other hand, Joe Alwyn has been immersed in various movie projects. He is set to star in Aneil Karia’s modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet alongside Riz Ahmed. Additionally, he has been cast in Yorgos Lanthimos’ And, alongside Emma Stone, who recently attended Swift’s opening night of her Eras Tour.
Alwyn’s diverse projects include The Brutalist, a film currently in production, where he stars alongside Adrien Brody, Felicity Jones, Guy Pearce, and Alessandro Nivola.
As Swift and Alwyn navigate their post-breakup lives, fans are left speculating about the impact on their creative endeavors and whether their paths will cross again in the future. For now, both continue to shine in their respective fields, leaving behind a trail of intrigued followers and a shared past that will forever be part of their journeys.