Earlier this week, Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn were spotted holding hands while taking a stroll in North London Public Park with Alwyn’s mom, Elizabeth Alwyn. The pair usually avoids paparazzi, so it’s rare to get a glimpse of their relationship—much less PDA. According to E!, Swift is currently staying with Alwyn’s family in England, and a source who spoke to the outlet gave some inside details about how their relationship has grown since the pandemic began.
“She is back and forth between Nashville and England spending time with her family and with Joe’s family,” the source says. “They take walks in the neighborhood and go on hikes to get fresh air.” That being said, the source clarifies the couple has been “abiding by the [coronavirus safety] rules and not leaving the house much.”
Per this source, Swift, Alwyn, and their families “all seem very close and very happy…They both know each other’s families well and have spent a lot of time getting to know each other.”
In a November 2020 interview with Rolling Stone—in which she spoke with Paul McCartney—Taylor Swift admitted why she thinks her relationship with Joe Alwyn works. “I think that in knowing him and being in the relationship I am in now, I have definitely made decisions that have made my life feel more like a real life and less like just a storyline to be commented on in tabloids,” she said.
Swift opened up to Apple Music about how quarantine has given her and Alwyn time to explore their mutual love of music and write songs together. William Bowery is credited as a songwriter on her albums Folklore and Evermore, and Swift revealed in her Disney+ special, Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Session, that Bowery is actually Alwyn’s alias. He’s credited on Folklore‘s “Exile” and “Betty,” plus “Champagne Problems,” “Coney Island,” and “Evermore” from her latest album, Evermore.
“Joe and I really love sad songs,” she said. “We’ve always bonded over music. We write the saddest [songs]. We just really love sad songs. What can I say?…It was a surprise that we started writing together. But in a way it wasn’t, because we have always bonded over music and had the same musical tastes.”