Last April, it was announced that Taylor Swift had split from her boyfriend Joe Alwyn after more than six years together.
And with the added context of their split and ongoing tour, it didn’t take long for Swifties to claim that midnightThe song “Bejeweled” is one of the songs inspired by Joe.
Then, a month after the breakup was announced, Taylor released a new song called “You’re Losing Me,” which seemed to give fans a clearer idea of what had happened between her and Joe.
But just as Swiftie scrutiny was fading, Taylor’s best friend and collaborator Jack Antonoff reignited the drama when he randomly revealed that “You’re Losing Me” had actually been written and recorded long before Taylor and Joe they will separate.
Joe’s rant continued a day later when Taylor’s publicist, Tree Paine, posted a tweet that not only denied speculation that Taylor and Joe had secretly married before splitting, but that the rumors were causing “pain and trauma.” ” to Taylor.
So, unsurprisingly, when Taylor announced her new album just two months later, Joe was on everyone’s minds, which was only amplified when fans noticed a strange connection to Joe in the album’s title. The Department of Tortured Poets.
For example, “Fresh Out The Slammer” could refer to someone who just got out of prison, and Swifties have theorized that this song could be about Taylor finally being free after feeling imprisoned by her relationship.
However, the song titles combined with the information we have access to have only fueled the growing sense that Taylor’s retreat from the public eye during her relationship with Joe wasn’t entirely her own decision.
But while it’s true that Taylor lives a much more public life now, with countless paparazzi outings and more public appearances than she ever made during her time with Joe, the idea that she was completely missing while they were dating is actually far from the truth.
Amid this initial attraction, Taylor and Joe’s romance ended up blossoming in complete privacy, with Taylor’s music suggesting that she would win back tickets to the bars that Joe had already explored in a desperate attempt to avoid being seen during the first few days. .
This mentality is also reflected in Taylor’s music, with Joe seemingly acting as a much-needed wake-up call after nearly a decade in the spotlight. In contrast to the glamor of her career and her past relationships with super-famous celebrities, Joe seemingly helped Taylor accept the little things in life and enjoy a relationship based on normality.
Another common theme in Taylor’s love songs about Joe is his recognition that the showbiz nature of his life might end up being too much for him.
And while it’s entirely possible, if not valid, that as the years went by Taylor realized that this type of relationship was no longer serving her, that doesn’t mean Joe did anything wrong by not feeling the same way.