If you’ve been anywhere near TikTok in the past week, you’ll be well aware that Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour has begun. The long-awaited world tour by Swift — her previous one ended in 2018, pre-pandemic — was so anticipated by fans that when tickets went on sale, Ticketmaster immediately crashed. And now that she’s finally live in front of thousands performing shows in the US, fans — including Emma Stone, Haim and Laura Dern — are positively losing it. Not only those who managed to snag a golden ticket, but those watching from home. We are in the midst of Swift mania.
One person who likely had access to a golden ticket but who seemingly didn’t use it was Swift’s long-term boyfriend (maybe fiancé?), Joe Alwyn, who wasn’t spotted side-of-stage doing any supportive Olivia Wilde-like dancing for Swift’s first few shows.
But if anyone was freaking out about the state of the pair’s relationship (and, yes, on TikTok, they most definitely were), thankfully, all is well.
People gave a rare update on Swift and Alwyn’s relationship of over six years and how they plan to handle Swift’s tour schedule with a source telling the outlet, “Joe will travel with her when he can. They are great together. Joe is super supportive of her career.”
They added that Swift has been excited to get back on the stage, saying “she has rehearsed for months and was ready. She is in amazing shape. She loves connecting with her fans again.”
Swift and Alwyn don’t speak publicly about their romance much, but the singer did open up a little about their private dynamic when teasing her song “Lavender Haze” last year.
“I happened upon the phrase ‘lavender haze’ when I was watching Mad Men. I looked it up because I thought it sounded cool,” she said. “And it turns out that it’s a common phrase used in the ’50s where they would describe being in love. If you’re in the ‘lavender haze,’ then that meant you were in that all-encompassing love glow. And I thought that was really beautiful.”
“I guess, theoretically, when you’re in the ‘lavender haze,’ you’ll do anything to stay there,” Swift continued. “And not let people bring you down off of that cloud. I think that a lot of people have to deal with this now, not just like ‘public figures,’ because we live in the era of social media, and if the world finds out if you’re in love with somebody they’re going to weigh in on it. Like my relationship for six years we’ve had to dodge weird rumors, tabloid stuff, and we just ignore it. So this song is about the act of ignoring that stuff to protect the real stuff.”