Taylor Swift’s ex-boyfriend Joe Alwyn feels ‘distraught and slighted’ by her new romance with British singer Matty Healy – after putting his ‘trust in her’ when she told him that she was just ‘friends’ with The 1975 frontman.
Rumors of Taylor, 33, and 34-year-old Matty’s relationship first surfaced earlier this month, just weeks after the news of her split from British actor Joe, 32 – whom she dated for six years – was made public.
According to a source with exclusive inside knowledge about the situation, Joe is very unhappy that his former partner has moved on so quickly – particularly after he put his ‘trust’ in Taylor when she began collaborating with Matty during the final months of their relationship.
‘Joe feels slighted and is distraught after seeing her budding relationship with Matt, but is doing his best to keep busy and focus on himself,’ a source close to the actor told DailyMail.com.
Taylor Swift’s ex-boyfriend Joe Alwyn (seen together in October 2022) feels ‘distraught and slighted’ over her new romance with The 1975 frontman Matty Healy, a source has revealed
Taylor, 33, and Matty, 34 (seen together on May 11) worked together on her October 2022 album Midnights – and the insider said Joe ‘trusted’ his then-girlfriend when she said she was ‘friends’ with the singer
In November, Matty described Taylor as ‘amazing’ while revealing that the pair had spent some time working together on her album Midnights – which was released in October 2022 – something that the insider says Joe was in full support of at the time, putting his full ‘trust’ in his then-girlfriend.
Two months later, on January 12, Taylor surprised fans when she gave an impromptu performance of her new hit song Anti-Hero during The 1975’s concert at the O2 Arena in London.
‘Joe was aware that Taylor and Matt were making music together and collaborating. She told him that they had become friends and he trusted her,’ the source continued, although they denied any suggested that there had been ‘overlap’ between Taylor’s two romances.
Representatives for Taylor, Matty, and Joe did not respond to requests for comment.
Although it is unknown if Taylor was in regular communication with Matty at the time of the concert, Matty’s mother Denise Welch, 64, shared a selfie on her Twitter that she took with Taylor backstage at the show.
The popstar was spotted in London with Joe in London the following week.
On March 16, Joe began filming The Brutalist in Hungary with co-star Emma Laird – and two days later, Taylor embarked on her international Eras Tour.
The news that Taylor and Joe were over came as a shock to most when ET reported it in April. Neither one of them released a statement about the breakup, which seemed odd to some considering Joe had gushed about her to press just a few weeks prior.
Joe (seen in the first photo taken since his breakup with Taylor) is now ‘doing his best to keep busy and focus on himself’
In February, Joe said that he ‘happy in a monogamous relationship’ with Taylor at a CTAM media presentation for latest project on Hulu titled Conversations with Friends.
While discussing his character Nick Conway – who is in open relationship – the British actor said, ‘I think people can do what they want and makes them happy. I’m obviously happy in a monogamous relationship.’
‘Because of the nature of an open relationship, it’s just a lot of talking. It’s just exhausting, at least for me it would be,’ Joe added.
Midnights, Taylor’s 10th studio album, was released on October 21, 2022. Taylor first announced the album in August, calling it the ‘story of 13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life.’
Taylor and Matty were brought together during the collaboration. The common denominator this time around was Jack Antonoff – famed Hollywood record producer and song-writer.
Taylor credits Jack with much of her success, including her Grammy win for 1989, which he produced. The two also worked together on Reputation, Lover, and Folklore, for which the pair nabbed the 2021 Grammy for Album of the Year.
She praised him when Midnights came out, stating, ‘He’s my friend for life (presumptuous I know but I stand by it) and we’ve been making music together for nearly a decade HOWEVER… this is our first album we’ve done with just the two of us as main collaborators.’
On April 10, Matty gave fans a hint of what is to come when he told fans at one of their final shows on the last leg of The 1975’s tour that he was going off of social media for a bit.
Taylor and Joe (seen in 2020) dated for six years before their split – and were even rumored to have gotten engaged during that time, although she later denied the speculation
Matty (seen at Taylor’s show on May 5) has been at most of Taylor’s recent concerts as she continues her Eras Tour. He’s been seen dancing with her dad and schmoozing with her pals
‘It’s because everything happens in eras,’ he told the crowd. ‘The 1975 is a very eras band. The era of me being a f***** a***** is coming to an end. I’ve had enough.’
On May 3, Matty sent Taylor a not-so-cryptic message during The 1975’s one-off show. Before singing one of The 1975’s recent hits called About You, he looked into a camera and said, ‘This is about you, you know who you are. I love you.”
Taylor said the exact same phrase to the audience, verbatim, when she performed her song Cardigan the following weekend during a show for The Eras Tour.
On May 5, The 1975 performed in the Nashville leg of Taylor’s tour – with Phoebe Bridgers for the opening set. He was fangirling in the audience after, bobbing his head and dancing to her the music.
On May 7, DailyMail.com published photos of Matty and Taylor in the backseat of a car as they were getting dropped off at Taylor’s Nashville condo.
On May 11, Taylor and Matty were reportedly seen ‘kissing and cuddling’ while on a dinner date at Casa Cipriani in Manhattan, accompanied by Jack.
Page Six was the first to report the info, publishing photos of the two new lovebirds leaving. The photos finally confirmed what had long been speculated – that the two singers were, in fact, an item.
Matty attended the second leg of of Taylors tour in Philadelphia from May 10 until May 12. During the sold out shows, he was seen in a skybox next to Taylor’s father.
Their relationship manifested after nearly a decade of playing cat and mouse with each other, which started in November 2014 when Taylor attended The 1975’s sold-out concert in Los Angeles with her best friend Selena Gomez.
Several days later, Taylor was spotted wearing a t-shirt with the name of Matty’s band, The 1975, on it. He returned the favor shortly thereafter by wearing a t-shirt that featured the name of Taylor’s latest album at the time, 1989.
Matty confirmed the pair had been texting each other during an Australian radio interview.
‘Yeah, we met each other, we exchanged numbers in the same way that a lot of people in this kind of world do and we spoke occasionally. She’s a sensation, I wouldn’t say no.’
To note, celebrities change their cell phone numbers often. It is unknown how long their texting and communication continued.
In a later interview with GQ, Matty gushed about Taylor some more. ‘I would say that 90 perfect of journalists that have interviewed me have asked about either her as a person or what our interaction’ was like.’
He added, ‘I have said on countless occasions that I found her to be one of the most gracious, hard working, creatively gifted, and beautiful women that I have had the pleasure to meet. I personally have a lot of respect and admiration for her. Why would I not?’
Any hopes that Matty had of getting to know Taylor on an intimate level was cut short when she started dating Joe in 2016. The two met each other at the Met Gala just two months after her breakup with actor Tom Hiddleston.
The two shared an extremely private relationship and spent a great deal of their time in London, where he was from.
In Taylor’s 2019 Lover album, she mentions her ‘London boy’ on several tracks. In 2020, Joe wrote co-wrote three songs on Taylor’s Folklore album, and two songs on her Evermore album, under the pseudonym William Bowery.
Taylor said that her relationship with Joe was not ‘up for discussion’ in the press and the two were rarely seen in public together.
In July 2022, it was reported that Taylor and Joe were secretly married. She shut them down on her Midnights album.
Then, on April 8, ET reported that Taylor and Joe had decided to end their relationship, insisting that the split was non dramatic and that it fizzled out due to their different career paths.