The two celebrities first sparked romance rumors in 2016, and since then, they’ve been keeping their relationship private. The only times fans got an update of their love story was through Taylor’s songs, especially their collaborations on her 2020 albums, folklore and evermore.
Their relationship started when the Grammy winner was working on her sixth album, reputation. It was also during this time that she addressed the negative headlines surrounding her for the past few years. She took a time out from the spotlight and hinted fans of her new love through her songs, especially in “Call It What You Want.” This song talked about the start of their relationship.
Taylor and Joe’s relationship was revealed to the public in May 2017. The first few months of their relationship were spent away from the public eye and enabled both of them to get to know each other better.
After they were revealed by media outlets, they continued to keep their romance private. Joe was based in London and she would fly there on a private jet with a security team and land in remote airports. She went to the extent of making others believed she was on a work trip. They also spent time together in private locations to keep their relationship away from the pressures of a public romance.
Many of Taylor’s friends were very supportive of their relationship, including her close friend and fellow artist, Ed Sheeran, who referred to his as a friendly and good dude. After releasing reputation at the end of 2017, Taylor performed on stage at the Z100’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball concert. She performed with Ed and Joe was there to support the two of them. They were later spotted packing on the PDA, too.
In 2018, the two went to Turks and Caicos during summer where they were spotted walking hand in hand at the beach. However, it was in the September 2018 issue of British Vogue that the actor publicly addressed their relationship. He said about keeping it private, “I’m aware people want to know about that side of things. I think we have been successfully very private, and that has now sunk in for people.” He added, “But I really prefer to talk about work.”
Taylor also supported the actor in many ways including joining him at the NYC premiere of his movie, The Favourite. Further, her 2019 album, Lover, featured their love story. She hinted about their being together for three summers, how their romance started in New York City, and more.