Wondering how Taylor Swift's getting on with her boyfriend of four years, Joe Alwyn? Same, always. Well, lucky for us, the 30-year-old - who's gone to great lengths to keep her relationship incredibly private including wearing full-blown disguises to evade the paparazzi - decided to finally share some details about her love life on her own terms, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
In the profile, Swift all but confirmed that she and Alwyn weren't engaged (as many had suspected) by calling him her "boyfriend", and also spilled on how the couple spent their time in quarantine.
"Early on in quarantine, I started watching lots of films," Taylor said in the chat. "We would watch a different movie every night. I'm ashamed to say I hadn't seen Pan's Labyrinth before. One night I'd watch that, then I'd watch L.A. Confidential, then we'd watch Rear Window, then we'd watch Jane Eyre."
She continued, explaining that though she didn't expect to make a new album, folklore, during quarantine, it was the films that inspired her to do so.
"I feel like consuming other people's art and storytelling sort of opened this portal in my imagination and made me feel like, 'Well, why have I never done this before? Why have I never created characters and intersecting storylines? And why haven't I ever sort of freed myself up to do that from a narrative standpoint?'," she said.
She continued: "There is something a little heavy about knowing when you put out an album, people are going to take it so literally that everything you say could be clickbait. It was really, really freeing to be able to just be inspired by worlds created by the films you watch or books you've read or places you've dreamed of or people that you've wondered about, not just being inspired by your own experience." This makes sense: Taylor's lyrics are notoriously pored over by fans; every word dissected for hidden meaning and analysis – of which there are usually many easter eggs to be discovered.
Last month, Swift confirmed that Alwyn was in fact the mysterious co-writer on two of her folklore tracks, "betty" and "exile". Swifties had long been suss on the matter after connecting the dots: Alwyn's great-grandad named William and NYC's Bowery Hotel was where he and Swift had one of their first public dates back in 2016. Plus, we all know how much Taylor loves a good easter egg.
Catch Taylor Swift's full chat with EW here.
Written by Sangeeta Kocharekar, an American-born, Sydney-based writer at MTV. Photos from her pre-COVID-19 days as a travel writer are here.
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