After six years, Taylor Swift & Joe Alwyn have reportedly called it quits over “differences in their personalities,” which is pretty much code for “Look away, there’s nothing to see here.”

According to lớn a source that spoke with People after the breakup was first reported on April 8, the 32-year-old actor “struggled” with Swift’s level of fame, while the 33-year-old pop star “didn’t see them working out in the long run.” Still, the source added, “ doesn’t have anything bad lớn say about Joe.”

According khổng lồ fans, the mass exodus of Swift’s closest allies from Alwyn’s Instagram follower count suggests otherwise. A few weeks after their split went public, Swifties noticed some suspicious timing behind Alwyn’s loss of famous followers. Particularly, Ryan Reynolds and Gigi Hadid seemed lớn unfollow the Conversations With Friends star immediately after in-person hangs with Swift. “Blondie just going around and telling her friends the tea,” one fan commented on one Tik
Tok explanation of the drama.

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While Taylor Swift’s catalog of work is so much more than a collection of breakup songs, it can’t be denied that she's the reigning queen of heartbreak anthems. Is it any wonder fans are looking for any hint that her split from Alwyn is less drama-free than reports suggest? Of course, fans are not just divining Easter eggs out of nothing (though there’s plenty of that going around with each Eras Tour performance). 

Here’s a complete timeline of Taylor Swift & Joe Alwyn’s breakup…at least, what Swifties have been able to piece together. Speak now, Blondie! 

February 2023: This may be when Swift và Alwyn “actually split up,” according khổng lồ a source who spoke khổng lồ The Sun in May 2023.

March–April 2023: Alwyn doesn’t make any appearances during the opening leg of Swift’s Eras Tour, but many assume he’s filming or staying hidden due to the private nature of their relationship.

March 31, 2023: Swift makes a switch to the Folklore segment of her performance during the Eras Tour. Swift quý phái the love tuy vậy “Invisible String” for her first four shows but replaced it with the melancholy song about past love, “The 1,” during her March stops in Arlington, Texas.

After the breakup was reported in April, fans looked back on this moment as a hint.

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April 8, 2023: After Swift and Alwyn’s six years together, People and Entertainment Tonight report they have broken up. “It was not dramatic,” a source tells ET. “The relationship had just run its course. It’s why hasn’t been spotted at any shows.” 

April 10, 2023: According khổng lồ People, multiple sources say the former couple was “talking about marriage as recently as a few months ago” but some major personality differences reportedly became insurmountable after leaving their relationship "bubble.”

April 9, 2023: A fan on Tik
Tok shares a đoạn clip of Swift performing “Champagne Problems” during a previous Eras Tour performance, suggesting Swift was “getting emotional” while singing the lyrics “Sometimes you just don’t know the answer till someone’s on their knees và asks you.”

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April 11, 2023: Swift is spotted in public for the first time post-breakup in thành phố new york City’s West Village, just four blocks away from the famous Cornelia Street she sang about in Lover. According lớn People, Swift went out for Italian food with longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff & his partner, actor Margaret Qualley.

April 13, 2023: This is where the tides start khổng lồ turn against Alwyn. During a Deux
U podcast episode, Deux
Moi shares a report from an anonymous source that Alwyn initiated their “break” & that Swift thinks he’s behind the leak.

Meanwhile, during a show in Tampa, Swift sends a pointed message khổng lồ fans before playing “Lover.” 

“Some of these songs are about my life; some of these songs are about fictional characters I created,” she tells the crowd. “But my hope in all of this is that, at the kết thúc of the day, these songs will be songs that you think are about your own life. & the song that we’re about khổng lồ play next…it’s just a love song, you know?”

Otherwise, Swift seems to lớn be doing okay. During her time in Tampa, Swift seemingly gives fans a subtle update on how she’s doing. One Tik
Tok user captured Swift giving a thumbs-up khổng lồ a fan carrying a sign that says, “You OK?”

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April 18, 2023: Fans spiral after Alwyn’s costar Emma Laird shares a photo of the actor on a scooter as part of a March photo dump. There are multiple layers to lớn that controversy (which you can read about here), but this is where cheating rumors begin to pick up steam. 

April 19, 2023: & so begins the Great Unfollowing of Joe Alwyn. After Ryan Reynolds và Blake Lively have dinner with Swift in NYC, fans notice that Reynolds no longer follows Alwyn on Instagram…and neither bởi vì the Haim sisters & Swift’s brother, Austin. Keep in mind, Reynolds once wrote a very sentimental tribute khổng lồ Alwyn in Time


Where Ryan Reynolds’s và Joe Alwyn’s Instagram accounts stand as of April 21, 2023.

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“Something is going on,” one Tik
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April 20, 2023: Alwyn is spotted in London for the first time since the split, while Swift is photographed in NYC with the Haim sisters, Lively, và Gigi Hadid. According lớn Page Six, the group spent the evening at the private club & celebrity hot spot Zero Bond. 

A source tells Us Weekly that Swift is “enjoying her freedom” following the split. “Taylor is handling the breakup really well and she’s feeling very optimistic about her future,” the source says. “She truly believes whatever is meant lớn be will be & knows everything happens for a reason.”

Just Jared report that Hadid still follows Alwyn on Instagram. “If unfollows after this encounter, then I’m gonna believe something dirty did go down,” one Tik
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April 21, 2023: There you have it: Hadid no longer follows Alwyn on Instagram. WHAT DOES IT MEAN?


Gigi Hadid does not follow Joe Alwyn as of April 21, 2023.



Joe Alwyn still follows Gigi Hadid as of April 21, 2023.


All the way over in Houston, Swift shoots the “L” for loser sign at the physical representation of her Lovers album during her performance of “Look What Made You Do,” per Us Weekly. Yes, I know that sentence doesn’t make a lot of sense without context. Basically, Swift interacts with dancers dressed as each of her eras during this number, và things got shady when she got khổng lồ Lover’s glass box. Here’s a video:

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Fans take this as a dig against Alwyn, the alleged inspiration behind the thắm thiết album.

April 23, 2023: Fans report that Swift’s childhood bestie Abigail Anderson Berard (you know, the redhead from “Fifteen”) has unfollowed Alwyn. Many also noted that Lively và Alwyn don’t follow each other on Instagram, but it’s unclear if they ever did. 

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May 3, 2023: The Sun reports that Swift is dating The 1975 frontman Matt Healy. “She và Matty are madly in love. It’s super-early days, but it feels right,” the source said. “Both Matty and Taylor have been touring over the past few weeks, so it’s been a lot of Face
Timing and texting, but she cannot wait khổng lồ see him again.”

May 5, 2023: Healy is spotted at Swift’s concert in Nashville. Looks lượt thích Blondie is still into London Boys. 

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May 12, 2023: A source tells Entertainment Tonight that Swift has fully “moved on” from Joe Alwyn and is “enjoying her time” with the 1975 frontman. “Taylor và Matty have known each other and have history, so there’s a comfortability factor there, but also feelings of excitement,” the source says. 

May 18, 2023: As things continue to lớn heat up between Swift & Healy, a source tells the Daily Mail that Alywn feels “feels slighted & is distraught” over his ex-girlfriend’s “budding relationship.”

According khổng lồ the source, Alwyn is not happy she moved on from their relationship so soon, especially with someone she worked with while still dating Alwyn. While Swift & Healy’s Midnights collaboration did not make the final album, she performed “Anti-Hero” live for the first time during The 1975’s London concert in January 2023. 

“Joe was aware that Taylor & Matt were making music together and collaborating. She told him that they had become friends and he trusted her,” the source said while denying that the relationships overlapped. 

May 23, 2023: Alwyn makes his first official public appearance post-breakup.

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May 26, 2023: Fans are convinced the latest Midnights vault track, “You’re Losing Me,” is about Swift’s breakup with Joe Alwyn. One major piece of evidence circulating online is the way the song’s lyrics seem khổng lồ directly correlate to lyrics from the Lover album, which is widely believed to be inspired by Alwyn. 

Taylor Swift’s romance with actor Joe Alwyn has been her most serious yet secretive lớn date. Since 2016, the pair"s private romance has made headlines and managed lớn keep the public hooked. This April 2023, however, amid Swift"s Eras Tour, their split was confirmed.

Throughout their six years together, Swift và Alwyn mostly kept the intimate details of their relationship under wraps—a departure from Swift"s infamously critiqued & very well-publicized lãng mạn history.

Still, the singer managed khổng lồ sprinkle aspects of the romance throughout her discography over the years, referencing the actor in a slew of songs dating as far back as 2017"s Reputation and up until her latest studio album, Midnights.

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Ahead, look back on the full timeline of their romance—including engagement rumors, tín đồ theories surrounding all of Swift"s Easter eggs about Alwyn, và the rare public comments the pair have made about one another.

April 8, 2023: Sources confirm their amicable split.

The two have reportedly called it quits after six years, a source confirms to lớn Entertainment Tonight. "It was not dramatic," the source tells the outlet. "The relationship had just run its course. It"s why hasn"t been spotted at any shows."

Following the reports, Swift is seen getting emotional while performing "Champagne Problems" during her Eras Tour.

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March 22, 2023: Joe supports Taylor amid her Eras Tour.

As Swift kicks off her Eras Tour, a source close lớn hers tells People that Alwyn "will travel with her when he can." The insider adds, "They are great together. Joe is super supportive of her career."

March 16, 2023: Taylor drops a previously unreleased song about Joe.

Swift finally drops “All of the Girls You Loved Before,” her highly anticipated previously unreleased track dedicated to lớn Alwyn from her July 2019 album, Lovers. (Swift had still opted to lớn keep her romance a secret during the time of the album’s release.)

Throughout the song, Swift praises the women Joe loved before her và how they have helped shape him into the man he is today.

January 2023: Taylor leaves an Easter egg about Joe in the music clip for "Lavender Haze."

Eagle-eyed fans spotted a hint that Swift left about her longtime beau in the "Lavender Haze" music video.

The đoạn phim includes a shot of a vinyl album cover featuring the constellations for Sagittarius & Pisces, which happens to be Swift & Alwyn"s respective zodiac signs.

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October 2022: Taylor reveals a new song about Joe.

In a đoạn clip on Instagram, the singer shares an analysis on the meaning behind her upcoming tuy vậy "Lavender Haze" from her soon-to-be-released album, Midnights, that surrounds the nature of her romance with Alwyn.

"Like my relationship for six years, we"ve had lớn dodge weird rumors, tabloid stuff, và we just ignore it," Swift says in the video. "And so, this tuy nhiên is sort of about the act of ignoring that stuff to lớn protect the real stuff."

She also expands on the inspiration behind the song"s title, saying, "If you were in the oải hương haze, then that meant that you were in that all-encompassing love glow, & I thought that was really beautiful."


Later, in April 2022, Alwyn talks about his experience collaborating with Swift—as well his reaction upon first hearing the news that the album won a Grammy—in a conversation with The Guardian.

"It wasn’t like, "It’s five o’clock, it’s time lớn try and write a song together,"" he tells the magazine. "It came about from messing around on a piano, & singing badly, then being overheard, and being, like, "Let’s see what happens if we get to lớn the kết thúc of it together." I mean fun is such a stupid word, but it was a lot of fun. And it was never a work thing, or a "Let’s try & do this because we’re going khổng lồ put this out" thing. It was just lượt thích baking sourdough in lockdown. The Grammy was obviously this ridiculous bonus."

November 13, 2020: Taylor talks her album inspiration surrounding Joe.

While speaking with Paul Mc
Cartney for Rolling Stone, the singer reveals that the actor helped inspire her folklore song, "peace," which is heavily rooted in her personal life.

Per Swift, the song reflects the ways in which her relationship with Alwyn has influenced her views surrounding privacy in dating, particularly while navigating a separate public persona.

"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 và less like just a storyline khổng lồ be commented on in tabloids," she says. "Whether that"s deciding where to live, who lớn hang out with, when to not take a picture ... It"s really just trying khổng lồ find bits of normalcy. That"s what that tuy nhiên "Peace" is talking about. Like, would it be enough if I could never fully achieve the normalcy that we both crave?"

She also tells Mc
Cartney, "I know you have done a really excellent job of this in your personal life—carving out a human life within a public life, & how scary that can be when you bởi vì fall in love & you meet someone, especially if you"ve met someone who has a very grounded, normal way of living. I, oftentimes, in my anxieties, can control how I am as a person and how normal I act & rationalize things, but I cannot control if there are đôi mươi photographers outside in the bushes & what they do and if they follow our car and if they interrupt our lives. I can"t control if there"s going to lớn be a kém chất lượng weird headline about us in the news tomorrow."

April 29, 2020: They quarantine together.

Alwyn indirectly confirms that he & Swift are spending lockdown together when he reveals glimpses of quarantine life on his Instagram Stories with photos featuring Swift"s cát Benjamin Button underneath a rug, surrounded in the singer"s familiar antique-style home decor.

March 24, 2020: Sources report that the two have discussed marriage.

Us Weekly reports that the two have at this point already discussed marriage—though they are in no rush to lớn tie the knot.

" have talked about their future & marriage," the source tells the outlet. "They don"t have a set deadline in place, but they"re very much in love."

The insider adds, "Taylor considers Joe one of the only safe constants in her life. He has always been a huge tư vấn and stuck by her."

February 21, 2020: They celebrate Joe"s birthday.

The pair celebrate Alwyn"s birthday with a sweet date alongside Ed Sheeran và his wife, Cherry Seaborn, at the Bob Bob Ricard restaurant in Soho, London.

"They had fun drinking champagne at the table," an insider at the restaurant tells E!, adding, "They were there for several hours enjoying the night."

February 12, 2020: They take the NME Awards.

The two get close during the New Musical Express Awards in London, just ahead of Valentine"s Day. In a video captured by a fellow audience member, Swift gives Alwyn a kiss và a hug as she"s named winner of Best Solo Act in the World.

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