A TALE OF TWO TAY­LORS

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Tay­lor SWIFT is on the brink of some­thing big. Last week, it emerged that the singer/song­writer could be­come the first ever bil­lion­aire pop star when she rene­go­ti­ates her mu­sic con­tract in Novem­ber – for the first time since find­ing fame aged 16. How did she cel­e­brate? With a low-key din­ner with her boyfriend, Bri­tish ac­tor Joe Al­wyn, at Covent Gar­den’s Hawksmoor (a £4.50 bowl of thrice-cooked chips, any­one?).

But then herein lies the ‘rein­ven­tion of Tay­lor’. There’s Tay­lor the record­break­ing mega star cur­rently in the midst of a sell-out world tour. And there’s Tay­lor who, ac­cord­ing to friends, has spent the last year se­cretly dat­ing Joe and is ‘des­per­ate to keep her feet on the ground amid the fan­fare of her strato­spheric ca­reer’.

‘From the very early stages of their meet­ing, Tay­lor’s re­la­tion­ship with Joe has been any­thing but showy,’ said an in­sider. ‘She’s tried very hard to keep it that way be­cause, his­tor­i­cally, things have al­ways gone wrong for Tay­lor when her re­la­tion­ships be­come seen as pub­lic prop­erty and they be­come a cir­cus.

‘One of their first dates was a dive bar in New York, and it wasn’t long be­fore Joe took Tay­lor to his favourite pub in North Lon­don for fish and chips. She makes a huge ef­fort in leav­ing her en­tourage be­hind and some­times even her se­cu­rity, so she and Joe can en­joy rel­a­tively nor­mal date nights to keep their re­la­tion­ship grounded. They’ve man­aged to slip out nu­mer­ous times com­pletely un­der the radar.’

In June this year, dur­ing a five-day break from her record-sell­ing Rep­u­ta­tion world tour, the pair were seen at Bri­tish pub The Flask in North Lon­don, near where Joe lives, and re­port­edly en­joyed a pint of Lon­don Pride beer each be­fore leav­ing in a wait­ing car.

It’s in stark con­trast to the cir­cus that sur­rounded Tay­lor’s last high-pro­file re­la­tion­ship, with Bri­tish ac­tor Tom Hid­dle­ston in 2016, when the pair be­came in­fa­mous for their pub­lic dis­plays of af­fec­tion. The singer was widely mocked when she hosted a 4 July party in Rhode Is­land where Tom wore a T-shirt em­bla­zoned with the mes­sage ‘I heart TS’. Af­ter the pair split, Tay­lor dis­ap­peared from the pub­lic eye for months.

‘Joe is rel­a­tively new to show­busi­ness com­pared to Tay­lor, and she loves that he still has an in­no­cence about him and isn’t jaded by the in­dus­try. When he’s not film­ing a movie he prefers to hang out with his friends in Lon­don or his broth­ers, who are all big fans of Tay­lor.

‘She’s had many a Sun­day roast with his mates and with his fam­ily and she blends in per­fectly. They’re both en­joy­ing keep­ing their re­la­tion­ship as much out of the spot­light as they can for now, and they’ve made a pact not to talk about one another yet in the press. It re­ally boils down to Tay­lor not want­ing to jinx this re­la­tion­ship and have it turn out like her others. She wants this one to last the dis­tance,’ we’re told.

Re­ports sur­faced last week that when Tay­lor’s deal with Big Ma­chine Records ex­pires in Novem­ber, she could be of­fered any­thing up to $200 mil­lion by a ri­val record com­pany. But our in­sider re­veals the fig­ures could reach even higher. No other artist of her gen­er­a­tion has made this kind of busi­ness move.

‘ Tay­lor is at a hugely piv­otal mo­ment in her ca­reer right now; the mu­sic in­dus­try is a hot­bed of gossip over what she’s go­ing to do when her con­tract is up. There’s talk of her stay­ing and tak­ing con­trol, but what­ever hap­pens, this is more than likely shap­ing up to be a bil­lion-dol­lar deal that will make Tay­lor one of the most suc­cess­ful record­ing artists of all time,’ the in­sider ex­plains.

De­spite this, Tay­lor is adamant that her un­flashy ro­mance with Joe will re­main ex­actly how it is. ‘ This is also a big turn­ing point for Tay­lor in her love life. It’s one of the long­est re­la­tion­ships she’s had, and to her, that’s more im­por­tant than any­thing,’ our source says. She cer­tainly doesn’t want the huge suc­cess of her ca­reer to put a strain on her and Joe, and she will fight to keep what they have to them­selves for as long as she can.’

tay­lor will fight to keep what they have to them­selves

From far left: Tay­lor on stage; in Covent Gar­den with Joe; leav­ing a High­gate pub

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