The six-year-long relationship between Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn has come to an end, leaving both fans and media outlets in surprise. It is particularly unexpected as Swift is currently on her sold-out Eras tour, and Alwyn has not been seen accompanying her.

The couple, who were notoriously private about their relationship, kept their engagement rumors at bay, with Alwyn jokingly saying that he would be a rich man if he had a pound for every time he was asked about it. He also added that he wouldn't say anything about it, even if he was engaged to the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter.

Swift and Alwyn started dating in 2016, and a source close to them told PEOPLE that their relationship was mature and wonderful. During the pandemic, they worked together on music and won the Grammy Awards as a result. They composed a collection of songs under the name William Bowery, which were showcased on Swift's Folklore and Evermore albums in 2020.

In her acceptance speech, Swift thanked Alwyn for being the first person she played every song that she wrote for. She also mentioned how they had the best time writing songs together during quarantine.Alwyn has been recognized as a co-writer on a number of tracks, such as "Betty," "Exile," "Champagne Problems," "Coney Island," and "Evermore."

Their love for music, especially sad songs, was evident in their collaborations. Swift mentioned that many of the love songs on her 2017 album, reputation, were inspired by her relationship with Alwyn. They bonded over music, and their love for each other was evident in the lyrics they wrote together.

Despite their love for each other, the couple was fiercely private about their relationship. Alwyn refused to speak about Swift in interviews, stating that he didn't feel comfortable sharing their private lives with the public. He preferred to talk about his work, rather than their relationship.

However, their public appearances together spoke volumes about their love for each other. They were photographed holding hands in London in 2018, and they attended the BAFTAs together. They were also spotted partying with friends after the Oscars, with Swift posting a photo of her dress on Instagram.

Their fans are left heartbroken as their relationship has now reached its conclusion. The pain of their separation is palpable, and it's clear that they were deeply in love with each other. Swift and Alwyn may have kept their relationship private, but their love for each other was evident in their music and their public appearances together.

Their breakup may have come as a shock, but the couple will always be remembered for the beautiful music they created together and the love they shared.