Almost one year after it came out, Taylor Swift has finally revealed what her track “Lover” is really about. Yep, while speaking at the 2020 Nashville Songwriter Awards, she explained that it was inspired by moving in with her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn.
“Ladies and gentlemen, will you please stand?/ With every guitar string scar on my hand / I take this magnetic force of a man to be my lover,” the lyrics to the romantic love song read. “My heart’s been borrowed and yours has been blue / All’s well that ends well to end up with you / Swear to be overdramatic and true to my lover / And you’ll save all your dirtiest jokes for me / And at every table, I’ll save you a seat, lover.”
“Obviously… I have a lot of guitar string scars on my hand from changing strings, tuning over the years, but there’s also the symbolic part of it which is I’ve written a lot of songs about break ups and let downs, so you kind of hope that if somebody’s going to choose you, they’re going to choose you along with all the hurt in the past and that you’re going to do the same for them,” Swift revealed about the song in the new interview. “And then the rest of the song I wanted to paint a picture of two people who are learning to live together for the first time, realizing you can make your own traditions, stay up as late as you want, keep the Christmas lights up as long as you want, you can let your friends stay over if the night goes on too long… because this is your life and your family that you are choosing.”
As fans know, when the tune first premiered in August 2019, many fans were quick to notice that she had included a lot of clues in the lyrics and in the music video, that hinted it was about her relationship with Alwyn. Like, for example, when she threw in a British flag in the visual.
The singer concluded, “I think that’s a really beautiful thing when people choose to spend their life together. And so it’s sort of a celebration of taking that very adult step of living with someone and deciding this is the path forward for you, walking alongside somebody else.”
OK, is anyone else’s hearts bursting right now?! We know ours are. But wait, when did these two first start dating, you ask? How did they even meet? What have they said about each other? And what else do we know about their relationship? Not to worry, people, because we went ahead and recapped their entire love story from start to finish for you. Here’s a complete timeline of their adorable romance…
It All Started In October 2016
So unfortunately, it’s still unclear when exactly they officially started dating, but the two stars both attended the Met Gala in May 2016, and some people believe that’s where they met for the first time (although there’s no photo evidence of them even interacting at the event)! Then, in October 2016, they were both spotted at the same Kings of Leon concert (but again, there’s no photos). Plus, one month later, the “Cardigan” songstress was caught entering a movie theater with her mom, and they were reportedly going to see Alwyn’s new movie, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.
Rumors First Hit The Web That They Were Dating In May 2017
But it wasn’t until May 2017, when the first news reports hit the web, that we had any idea that they were dating. And at the time, The Sun claimed that they had secretly been together for months before that.
“Taylor and Joe are the real deal, this is a very serious relationship,” a source told them. “Taylor has flown in via private jets and her security has made it a military-like mission to prevent her from being seen.”
They Were Photographed Together For The First Time In June 2017
Despite all the speculation that something was going on between them, it wasn’t until June 2017 that the couple was photographed together for the first time. Paparazzi caught them sitting on a balcony together in Nashville, TN, and it was a pretty big deal, TBH.
When ‘Reputation’ Came Out In November 2017, There Were A Lot Of Songs On It About Joe Alwyn
When Swift dropped her album, Reputation, later that year, fans finally got some insight on their super private relationship! It’s believed that the songs “Don’t Blame Me,” “Delicate,” “Gorgeous,” “King of My Heart,” “Dress,” “Call it What You Want” and “New Year’s Day” were all about him.
That’s not all. Some eagle-eyed followers noticed around the same time that the pop star was wearing a necklace with the letter “J” on it in a few of her social media snaps.
They Publicly Packed On The PDA For The First Time In December 2017
Since they had been notoriously secretive about their relationship, when they were caught packing on the PDA at Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball in December 2017, the internet quickly went into a frenzy. Yep, fans took some videos of them cuddling and dancing with their arms around each other in the audience, and it was everything!
They Kind Of Went Instagram Official In May 2018
In May 2018, both stars shared photos of themselves standing in front of the exact same cactus. That just had to mean that they were together when the pictures were taken, right?!
Does this count as making their relationship Instagram official?! We’ll let you decide.
Joe Alwyn Spoke About Their Relationship For The First Time During A September 2018 Interview
September 2018 was monumental for the couple. Why? Well, besides being photographed walking hand-in-hand around New York City, the movie star also spoke out about their relationship for the first time ever that month! Well, sort of.
“I’m aware people want to know about that side of things,” he told British Vogue, when asked about Swift. “I think we have been successfully very private and that has now sunk in for people… but I really prefer to talk about work.”
Taylor Swift Shouted Joe Alwyn Out On Instagram In November 2018
Technically, the musician shouted out his new movie, The Favourite, but she tagged Alwyn in the post, and that was enough for us.
“The Favourite is absolutely phenomenal, and it opens in NY and LA tomorrow — Swipe to see cities and dates! @thefavouritemovie @joe.alwyn @nicholashoult,” she wrote.
Plus, when GQ Magazine tried to get some more info on their relationship during an interview that same month, Alwyn quickly shut them down.
“Someone’s private life is, by definition, private. No one is obliged to share their personal life,” he said. And when they pressed on, he added, “I’m just not even going to go into that side of the world.”
In The Months That Followed, Joe Alwyn Spilled A Few More Details About Their Relationship
During an interview with Esquire in December 2018, the actor revealed he didn’t get any advice from his friends when it came to his relationship with Swift.
“I didn’t seek out advice on that,” he said. “Because I know what I feel about it. I think there’s a very clear line as to what somebody should share, or feel like they have to share, and what they don’t want to and shouldn’t have to.”
He also explained to Mr. Porter’s The Journal why he didn’t like speaking about his love life during interviews.