Joe Alwyn doesn’t kiss and tell.
Although the English actor’s new Hulu series, an adaptation by Sally Rooney Conversations with friends, will lay his relationship bare, the 31-year-old has no plans to divulge any details about his own romance with pop star Taylor Swift. In a new interview with the GuardianAlwyn explained that the relationship is “just not for other people”.
Although he and the singer, 32, have been romantically linked since 2016, not much is known about their life together – and that’s exactly how Alwyn would like to keep it.
“I don’t know how best to talk about it,” he said of the relationship. “I mean, I’m aware of people…of this size of interest and this existing world. It’s just not something that I’m particularly interested in, or that I have much interest in nurturing, I guess, because the more it’s nurtured, the more you open a door for intrusion.”
The actor notes that he’s more outspoken in informal and confidential conversations, which Swift also said of herself. But as far as the public is concerned, they both prefer to keep a low profile.
“I think it’s just my response to a culture that increasingly expects everything to be given,” he explained. “If you don’t post about how you make your coffee in the morning, or if you don’t let someone take a picture when you walk out your front door, is that private? I don’t know if that’s the case. So I’m not really feeding that.
He added: “There are more interesting things to discuss and I just think it feeds into a weird part of the culture that I’m not really interested in being a part of.”
The couple revealed that Alwyn – using the pseudonym ‘William Bowery’ – co-wrote Swift’s songs ‘Betty’ and ‘Exile’ Folklore album. The collaboration earned them a Grammy for Album of the Year, which the British star calls “obviously that ridiculous bonus” of teaming up with his girlfriend during lockdown.
“It wasn’t like, ‘It’s five o’clock, it’s time to try and write a song together,'” Alwyn, who plays the piano “pretty badly,” said of his collaboration with Swift. “That came from messing around on a piano and singing badly and then being overheard and being, like, ‘Let’s see what happens if we get to the end together.'”
“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 to do this because we’re going to get this out’ thing. It was like baking sourdough. locked out,” added Alwyn, who also wrote for Swift’s most recent album – and also a Grammy nominee. Still.
While the Prefer The ‘Bad Blood’ star and singer are reportedly engaged, Alwyn declined to say anything in a recent interview with WSJ. Magazine.
“I mean, the truth is if the answer was yes, I wouldn’t say, and if the answer was no, I wouldn’t say,” he said of their plans to get married.