Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn keep their relationship very private, but they do occasionally offer a little glimpse into their domestic life. On Friday, Nov. 25, Alwyn shared a photo to her Instagram Stories of what looks like her ankle and a black and white cat cuddled up against her. The cat is said to belong to Taylor Swift and his name is Benjamin.
The rest of her stories are from different times and scenes, especially on set, so it’s unclear if the photo was taken during that Thanksgiving weekend or just a throwback to another cozy time. The couple have been together since 2016 and left little evidence of their relationship online or in terms of paparazzi photos. Swift is known for her songs about past relationships, but she only hints at her connection to Alwyn. He co-wrote a few songs with her on recent albums folkmore and stillunder the pseudonym William Bowery, which they worked on together during the pandemic lockdown.
But Swift said bluntly that her new song on Midnights titled “Lavender Haze,” speaks directly to Alwyn and the public scrutiny of their loving faces.
“I came across the phrase ‘Lavender Haze’ when I was looking at Mad Men and I watched it because I thought it sounded good,” she said. “Turns out that was a common phrase that was used in the 50s where they just described being in love. For example, if you were in the ‘Lavender Haze’ it meant you were in that glow of love all-encompassing, and I thought that was really beautiful.
Swift continued, “I guess theoretically when you’re in the lavender mist you’ll do anything to stay there and not let people knock you out of that cloud. I think a lot of people have to deal with this now, not just “public figures”, because we live in the age of social media. If the world finds out you’re in love with someone, it’s going to weigh in on it.
“We had to dodge weird rumors, tabloid stuff, and we just ignore them,” she concluded. “This song is kind of about the act of ignoring those things to protect the real things.”
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