Taylor Swift boyfriends: relationship history explained - from Joe Alwyn to Joe Jonas and Harry Styles
The singer has had a few high profile relationships over the years - but in July 2023 she declared herself an 'independent girlie'
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Music icon Taylor Swift has thrilled fans by posting photos from her annual 4th of July gathering on social media for the first time in seven years - and she seems to have hinted that she's single.
The songstress took to Instagram to post images on Friday (7 July) of herself with girl pals including Selena Gomez, Este, Danielle and Alana Haim, Ashley Avignone. Tellingly, she captioned the photos 'happy belated Independence Day from your local neighborhood independent girlies'. Este also reshared the post on her own page along with the statement 'single summer never looked so good'.
It comes not long after the global superstar broke up with long-term actor boyfriend Joe Alwyn and then reportedly began a new relationship with the 1975's Matt Healy - only for them to split within around a month.
The Anti-Hero star has been linked to many famous names in the music industry and Hollywood in he past, with some of her former boyfriends including Harry Styles and Tom Hiddleston. Who else has been lucky enough to date Taylor Swift? Here’s everything you need to know.
Who has Taylor Swift dated?
The pop superstar has been romantically involved with some of the biggest names in music and Hollywood, with former boyfriends including Joe Jonas, Jake Gyllenhaal and Harry Styles. The singer is known for writing songs about her love life, including her break-ups and exes. We’ve put together a list of the men lucky enough to have dated Taylor Swift.
Joe Jonas - July to October 2008
Swift dated Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers from July to October 2008 when she was 18-years-old. Their break-up was incredibly public with the singer openly discussing it on talk shows including The Ellen Show and during an appearance on Saturday Night Live. Jonas reportedly broke off their relationship in a 27-second phone call. The break-up was also featured in a song on her Fearless album called “Forever and Always”.
Lucas Till - March to April 2009
Following her break-up from Jonas, she briefly dated X-Men star Lucas Till, with the actor starring in her video for the song “You Belong With Me”. Till revealed they had dated “for a little bit” in an interview with MTV, he said: “We dated for a little bit. But there was no friction because we were too nice. We just really both liked each other…[but] most relationships work out ’cause you get along and then you don’t, and then you make up and it’s passionate, and with us, I really just liked her as a friend. That’s the only reason that didn’t work out.”
Taylor Lautner - Autumn 2009
Swift and Twilight actor Taylor Lautner briefly dated in Autumn 2009 after meeting whilst filming the movie Valentine’s Day. Lautner presented Swift with her VMA Award after they had just gone public with their relationship, this was the infamous moment when Kanye West stormed the stage and proclaimed Beyonce should have won. They broke up after dating for a few months, with their split inspiring her song “Back To December”.
John Mayer - December 2009 - February 2010
Swift and singer John Mayer only dated for a few months but the aftermath of their break-up was a talking point for years. Swift wrote a song about their split called “Dear John...” which included lyrics which said: “Dear John, I see it all, now it was wrong / Don’t you think 19 is too young to be played by your dark twisted games, when I loved you so?” Mayer hit back at his former girlfriend in an interview with Rolling Stone in 2012 telling the publication “It made me feel terrible because I didn’t deserve it.” In 2013 he released his own song about the split “Paper Dolls” which included the lyrics: “Don’t you think I was too young to be messed with? The girl in the dress, cried the whole way home, I should’ve known.”
Jake Gyllenhaal - October 2010 - January 2011
Swift and Academy Award winner Jake Gyllenhaal’s relationship was brief and allegedly brokedown over their 10-year age gap. Swift would go on to reportedly write two songs about their romance including “The Last Time” and “All Too Well” which details how Gyllenhaal never returned her scarf after the split.
Connor Kennedy - July to October 2012
In 2012 Swift started dating Connor Kennedy, grandson of Robert F. Kennedy. The couple were regularly captured by the media being affectionate in public, however the romance was shortlived. According to E!, their split was “totally amicable”, and “down to the distance between them”.
Harry Styles - November 2012 to January 2013
Swift only dated Harry Styles for three months, with the pair going public in December when they were spotted together at Central Park Zoo. The couple packed a lot in, in a short time including matching necklaces and a New Year’s Eve kiss at Time’s Square. However, the pair quickly called it quits, with Swift writing three songs on her album 1989 “I Knew You Were Trouble”, “Out Of The Woods” and “Style” allegedly about their romance and subsequent break-up.
Calvin Harris - February 2015 to May 2016
The couple got together in 2015 after they met at the Elle Style Awards, by March they were spotted sporting matching outfits together and oozed couples goals when they kissed for the cameras at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. However, just two months after celebrating their one-year anniversary they called it quits.
Tom Hiddleston - May 2016 to September 2016
Just two weeks after her break-up from Harris, Swift was spotting kissing Thor actor Tom Hiddleston. The pair only dated for a short while, with their interest in one another allegedly sparking at the Met Gala. Hiddleston reportedly met her parents and was even seen wearing an “I HEART TS” t-shirt, however after a few short months they broke up.
Joe Alwyn - May 2017 to February 2023
Swift and Conversations with Friends actor Joe Alwyn started dating in May 2017. Their relationship has been Swift’s longest to date, with the pair even sparking engagement rumours in 2019. However, the couple have reportedly split up according to Entertainment Weekly, however neither Swift or Alwyn have confirmed or denied these reports.
Matt Healy - May 2023 to June 2023
Swift and The 1975 frontman and guitarist Matt Healy had rekindled their love and been pictured together on a number of occasions. The couple were understood to be "madly in love" and first dated in 2014 but they could not make it work. It turns out that is the problem once more, as just one month after rumours first started circulating they were together, the singers have reportedly ended things.
Have Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn broken up?
Swift and her partner Joe Alwyn have reportedly broken up. The news was shared by ET, who reported that the split had happened a couple of “weeks ago”. A source close to the couple told the publication that it was amicable and “it was not dramatic”.
Alwyn had not been spotted at any of the dates of Swift’s Eras tour, which began in March. The pair had been together for six years. Neither Swift nor Alwyn have publicly confirmed the break-up or commented on the rumours.
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