Taylor Swift has been fairly tight-lipped about her relationship with Joe Alwyn, leaving fans to develop plenty of theories about their romance. But during a recent conversation with Paul McCartney for their Rolling Stone cover, Taylor opened up a bit more than usual about their life together — and how their relationship has influenced her music.
In talking with McCartney, Taylor acknowledged the challenges she’s found in setting and maintaining boundaries between her private life and personal one. “I, oftentimes, in my anxieties, can control how I am as a person and how normal I act and rationalize things, but I cannot control if there are 20 photographers outside in the bushes and what they do and if they follow our car and if they interrupt our lives,” she explained. “I can’t control if there’s going to be a fake weird headline about us in the news tomorrow.”
Taylor went on to touch upon the ways she can control the narrative about her love life, and how she makes an effort to preserve a regular life while simultaneously being one of the most famous people on the planet. After all, celebrities are just as deserving as privacy as the rest of us.
“I think that in knowing him and being in the relationship I am in now, I have definitely made decisions that have made my life feel more like a real life and less like just a storyline to be commented on in tabloids,” she told McCartney. “Whether that’s deciding where to live, who to hang out with, when to not take a picture — the idea of privacy feels so strange to try to explain, but it’s really just trying to find bits of normalcy.”
The singer-songwriter added that her song “Peace” is about this very concept, explaining: “Would it be enough if I could never fully achieve the normalcy that we both crave?” Or, as she put it in her lyrics: “Would it be enough if I could never give you peace?”
Keeping her relationship with Joe private has been important to Taylor for a while now. Upon releasing her 2019 album Lover, the singer shared several diary entries with fans, one of which seemingly written about the beginning of her romance with Joe in 2017. “I’m essentially based in London, hiding out trying to protect us from the nasty world that just wants to ruin things,” she wrote at the time. “We have been together and no one has found out for three months now. I want it to stay that way because I don’t want anything about this to change or become too complicated or intruded upon. But it’s senseless to worry about someday not being happy when I am happy now. OK. Breathe.”
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