After years of glorious romantic oversharing, Taylor Swift has at last adopted a discreet new dating strategy.Exhibit A: the new photos of Swift and her boyfriend, British actor Joe Alwyn, leaving her New York apartment cloaked in black hoodies. ) For now, we may have to rely on Taylor’s next album for clues about how Alswift (sorry, old habits die hard) is going; only time will tell if it’s a breakup album or filled with bubbly love songs.Yes, per earlier reports, it appears Swift and Alwyn are, in fact, dating, but outrageously enough, the fans hardly knew and have seldom seen them together. The couple has reportedly been laying low on Rhode Island. Yes, you heard that right: Taylor Swift and her boyfriend are laying low. Never mind.)Of course, this new turn toward—ugh—privacy is a shocking departure from the Swift of yore, the queen of the Instagram romance, the virtual IRL rom-com star who gave us greatest hits like frolicking at Watch Hill with Tom Hiddleston in an “I Of course, it’s probably smart for Swift to start to dial back her go-big-or-go-home style of public dating; after all, she is one of the most formidable and highest-earning pop stars in music, who’d probably like to be known for that, not her romantic travails. It is summertime, Swift has a new romance, and they don’t even have an awkwardly mashed-up couple name. Things almost spectacularly derailed for journalist Tim Jones at The Guardian while quizzing the 36-year-old on his prior relationship with Tay Tay, during a publicity interview for sci-fi flick Life.‘I think when you’re in a relationship, you are constantly scrutinised, your friends are scrutinised, but,’ said Gyllenhaal, before stopping himself and trailing off mid-answer.
Cue even more ‘uncomfortably tense’ awkward silence.The stand-off almost ended when Jones asked if he’d like to move on to the next topic of the interview, to which Gyllenhaal answered: ‘I would love not to talk about my personal life.’ But old mate Tim wanted to poke the proverbial bear just a little bit more, challenging the actor with his argument he was only raising topics already in the ‘public domain’.But the actor was having none of it, repeating several times through a ‘cold smile’ that he wanted to just ‘talk about the movie’.Earlier in the week, Gyllenhaal was in greater spirits, breaking the monotony of endless press interviews on his role in Life with some bromance banter with co-star Ryan Reynolds.
Of course it’s not just Gyllenhaal who finds talking about Swift to be a sore spot – one of her more recent ex-boyfriends Tom Hiddleston got a little bit shirty when a curious reporter tried prying on their relationship.
While chatting about his new movie Kong: Skull Island, the 36-year-old was asked by The Telegraph if he regretted ‘the publicity and gossip the romance engendered.’ Having previously called her ‘amazing’, Tom reportedly answered ‘testily’ with a: ‘What should I regret, in your mind?