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Taylor Swift is one of the brightest stars in popular music today, with a catalog of works that is impressive by any standard. Swift, who has been performing since she was a young child, has survived a rough few years in the industry and come out swinging stronger than ever with a new album, titled Lover. Recently, Swift opened up to Rolling Stone magazine about how the industry tried to place her in a box and how those stereotypes took a toll on her personal life.

Taylor Swift’s early relationships

Taylor Swift at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
Taylor Swift | Anthony Harvey/Getty Images

Born in 1989, Swift started performing at an early age. Before she had even reached adulthood, Swift and her parents moved to Nashville in order for a young Swift to pursue a career in music. Her talent got her far and, by 2006, she was making waves with songs like “Tim McGraw” and “Teardrops on My Guitar.”

As her star continued to rise and news of her remarkable singing/songwriting skills continued to spread, Swift’s personal life started getting a great deal of attention. By 2008, Swift had entered her first real relationship, and the media couldn’t get enough.

In the summer of 2008, Swift and Joe Jonas were one of music’s hottest young couples. But it didn’t last long: By October, they fizzled out, with Swift writing a scathing song about the way Jonas reportedly broke up with her.

After her breakup with Jonas, Swift went on to briefly date a string of other actors and industry talents, including Lucas Till, Taylor Lautner, John Mayer, and Jake Gyllenhaal. In 2012, Swift was linked to both Conor Kennedy and Harry Styles before those relationships ended as well.

Taylor Swift was labeled by fans and the industry

After her breakup with Styles, Swift wasn’t spotted with anyone for several years, until she stepped out with DJ Calvin Harris. This period of single life seemed to be for a very specific reason. In her Rolling Stone interview, Swift stated that when she was 22, she was labeled a “boy-crazy man-eater” by the media.

She was tired of being deemed a serial dater and decided to take a break and not “date anyone for, like, two years.” Instead, Swift focused on her work and on building her brand.

It wasn’t until February of 2015 that her relationship with Harris started in earnest, and the two dated for a little over a year. There was some media hubbub around their breakup, and her brief fling with British actor Tom Hiddleston immediately after. But Swift wouldn’t have to wait long before she found what seems to be lasting love.

Joe Alwyn and Taylor Swift are serious about each other

In early 2016, rumors started swirling that Swift was dating an up and coming actor named Joe Alwyn. They were very slow to confirm their romance and didn’t often appear in public together, even making it a point not to walk red carpets together even if they both arrived at the same event. The two are still together to this day and have remained remarkably secretive about their romance, despite a lot of interest from both fans and news outlets. 

Although Swift won’t talk about her relationship with Alwyn, she still sings about him. One of her newest songs, “London Boy,” is a sweet tribute to Alwyn and their normal, happy romance.