TAY­LOR: GO­ING IT ALONE

She’s fi­nally got the dream guy, but a year on from that 4 July party Tay­lor Swift’s squad has van­ished

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One thing that’s been syn­ony­mous with Tay­lor Swift since the be­gin­ning of time has been her very pub­lic dis­plays of af­fec­tion with her BFFS. From her 2014 Bad Blood mu­sic video, where she re­cruited her pals as ex­tras, to her In­sta­gram posts declar­ing her love for them, Tay­lor will go down in his­tory as the woman who in­vented the #squad. But since she’s been hap­pily cou­pled up with ac­tor Joe Al­wyn, her squad is nowhere to be seen. So, erm, what’s hap­pened, guys?

It has been a very dif­fi­cult few years for 27-year-old Tay. Af­ter a high-pro­file 15-month ro­mance with DJ Calvin Har­ris, the pair split with a bit­ter fall­out on Twit­ter in 2016. Tay­lor then got to­gether with Brit ac­tor Tom Hid­dle­ston. The pair were plas­tered all over so­cial me­dia – re­mem­ber that stars ’n’ stripes 4 July party photo shoot? – only to fiz­zle out three months later. In­sid­ers re­veal it ‘dev­as­tated’ Tay, who be­lieved Tom was the guy she’d be with for­ever.

‘The split with Tom hurt her like noth­ing else,’ re­veals one of Tay­lor’s col­leagues. ‘It changed her and made her re­alise she needed to shift her fo­cus and start look­ing af­ter num­ber one.’

Fast for­ward a year – dur­ing which time Tay­lor has re­mained largely hid­den from the pub­lic eye – and the singer’s now said to be ‘in­cred­i­bly happy’ with 26-year-old Joe, in­tro­duc­ing him to her par­ents in Nashville last week af­ter spend­ing Fa­ther’s Day with his fam­ily in the UK in June. But now that Tay­lor’s so happy, where are the friends who sup­ported her through her for­mer heartache? In­sid­ers tell Look it’s a de­lib­er­ate move.

‘Tay­lor’s wor­ried about ruining things with Joe. She likes that they’ve been able to keep out of the spot­light,’ says an­other source. ‘It’s no co­in­ci­dence that they’ve been able to keep it more pri­vate since she’s kept it on the low­down with her A-list mates.’

We’re told that af­ter she and Tom broke up, Tay­lor de­cided to spend time work­ing on her­self, and that meant see­ing only the peo­ple clos­est to her – her fam­ily and school friends Bri­tany Maack and Abi­gail An­der­son, both 28. ‘She kept the sit­u­a­tion with Joe com­pletely un­der wraps,’ says our source. ‘Tay­lor’s phone started go­ing crazy when news broke that she had this new guy – it was a to­tal sur­prise. Gigi [Ha­did] even sent her flow­ers. But Tay’s been very cool about it all.’

Fans have been kept out of the loop too. Swifties gath­ered at her Rhode Is­land pad last week in the hope of see­ing their idol cel­e­brat­ing with an­other big party, but de­spite be­ing at the house, Tay­lor stayed in­side. And we won­der how the squad feels about be­ing left in the dark in the same way? Ap­par­ently there have been some is­sues.

‘It’s sad,’ says a source. ‘Tay­lor feels the need to keep her re­la­tion­ship with Joe re­ally quiet. She’s para­noid. She just wants to fo­cus on her time with him and build on her re­la­tion­ships with the peo­ple clos­est to her.’

We just hope it’s the right move, Tay­lor – mates be­fore dates, as they say.

She just wants to fo­cus on her time with Joe and with her clos­est pals

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Fans were hop­ing for an­other starstud­ded July bash

Queen of the #squad

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