Taylor Swift: Boyfriends Behind The Music

By Amelia Slater

22nd January 2020

Taylor Swift: Boyfriends Behind The Music

Find out everything you need to know about the him behind the hit tune in our very own Taylor Swift boyfriends archive.

T-Swift is famous for her ex-shading, chart-topping hits. The country-pop singer has a pattern of releasing her next big single soon after it is revealed that she is, in fact, single.

Taylor has been linked to a long line of high-profile celebs, including Jake Gyllenhaal, Calvin Harris, Conor Kennedy and the late Cory Monteith. Who are the boys behind the bangers? Let’s take a look at Tay-Tay’s ex files…

‘We are never ever ever getting back together!’

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Taylor Swift Boyfriends: Joe Jonas (July-October 2008)

Taylor dated Jonas Brothers singer Joe Jonas from July until October 2008. In spite of their short-lived romance, Joe inspired a number of Taylor’s songs including the not-so-complimentary ‘Forever and Always’ and ‘Last Kiss’.

Reportedly, Joe broke up with Taylor over the phone in a call that lasted less than half a minute. Men, eh?

Around the time of the break-up, Taylor appeared on the Ellen Degenerous show and she certainly didn’t hold back when it came to dishing the dirt on her former beau:

‘When I find that person that is right for me he’ll be wonderful and when I look at that person, I’m not even gonna be able to remember the boy who broke up with me over the phone in 25 seconds when I was 18.’


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Eleven years on, Taylor finally admitted that she regretted slating Joe on television and made a public apology. The pair seem to have finally put their teen angst to rest at long last!

Taylor Swift Boyfriends: Lucas Till (March-April 2009)

We can never forget Taylor’s timeless hit ‘You Belong With Me’, which first came out in 2009. On set of the music video, her gorgeous co-star Lucas Till not only stole her heart (and ours) on screen but it turns out he managed to do it in real life too!

Lucas managed to swerve having his own dedicated song after the pair decided to amicably call time on their brief romance. The actor told MTV that the pair had decided they were just better off as friends:

‘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.’

Looks like Taylor and Lucas didn’t belong together after all.

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Taylor Swift Boyfriends: Taylor Lautner (August-September 2009)

Ah the Taylor-Taylor love story…brief but they had the same name so we loved it!

The Taylors first met when they co-starred together in rom-com Valentines Day as high school sweethearts and clearly there was chemistry between the two.

They were dating for a few months before calling it quits in December 2009. Taylor Lautner was the inspiration for Taylor Swift’s song ‘Back To December’, with references to the Twilight star’s ‘tanned skin’ and ‘sweet smile’.

The song is reportedly an apology for the night she broke up with him in December.

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Taylor Swift Boyfriends: John Mayer (December 2009-February 2010)

One of Tay-Tay’s most memorable boyfriends of the lot is singer-songwriter John Mayer. The stars had an age gap of 12 years when they started dating. Taylor was 21 and John was 32.

The couple only dated for roughly three months but Taylor Swift’s song ‘Dear John’ couldn’t have been anymore more blunt. The almost seven minute ballad is all about a man who seems to have played games with the young Taylor Swift.

Naturally, John didn’t take too well to being slated in the single.

He revealed to Rolling Stone in 2012 that he felt he had not deserved the treatment from Taylor:

‘It made me feel terrible because I didn’t deserve it. I’m pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that. It was a really lousy thing for her to do.’

John later wrote the song ‘Paper Dolls’ which would respond to Taylor’s critical 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.’


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Taylor Swift Boyfriends: Harry Styles (December 2012-January 2013)

Fans couldn’t contain themselves when it was revealed that One Direction member Harry Styles was reported to be dating the pop princess.

The couple were papped getting cosy in Times Square, New York as well as going on a number of dates. The whirlwind romance only lasted a month but was seemingly very intense with the pair even allegedly sharing paper aeroplane necklaces. (Young love is weird, right?)

The famous dream couple weren’t fit for the long run after deciding to end their relationship after just two months. Many speculate that Taylor’s 2014 album 1989 featured a lot of songs inspired by the curly-haired teen bopper, including ‘Style’ and ‘Out of the Woods’.

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Taylor Swift Boyfriends: Joe Alwyn (Current)

Since early 2017, Taylor Swift has been dating 26-year-old British actor Joe Alwyn. Unlike her previous high-profile relationships, Taylor and Joe have managed to keep theirs relatively private.

Little is actually known about the couple even though they’ve been together reportedly for three years! We know that they both attended the MET gala in 2016 but we can’t be sure when they actually met.

Apparently Taylor would wear wigs, hats and scarves to disguise herself when going on dates with Joe. Sneaky!

A source revealed in June 2017 that:

‘Taylor and Joe have really tried to be on lockdown and have spent most of their time together in private locations where they could get to know each other without the pressure of a public relationship and people making judgement calls.’

With the release of new album Lover which is much happier and lighter than previous album Reputation, we can only assume that Taylor is smitten and we couldn’t be happier for her!

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