Joe Alwyn’s family have refused to quash the rumours that the actor has secretly married Taylor Swift after she shared a bridal snap to promote her new album.
Singer Taylor, 30, who is known for adding secret clues about her life in music videos, wore a bridal-inspired dress to announce she was dropping a surprise album, her ninth, aptly titled Evermore, at midnight on Friday.
While the Blank Space hitmaker did not refer to a wedding directly, fans took to Twitter in their droves to speculate if she had secretly married actor beau Joe, 29.
Wedding bells? Joe Alwyn’s family refused to quash rumours that the actor has secretly wed Taylor Swift after she shared a bridal snap to promote her new album (pictured in 2019)
And Joe’s family have refused to dispel speculation about any secret union between the loved-up pair, who have been dating since the summer of 2016.
A member of Joe’s family laughed and told MailOnline: ‘I’m sorry, I’m not going to say anything.’
Taylor had shared the bridal-inspired shot on her Twitter while revealing that a music video for her new track Willow is set to drop at midnight on Friday.
The dress is not an official wedding gown but is the $2650 Charm Star Slip Dress by Zimmermann from their Fall 2020 collection.
OMG! Taylor Swift fans erupted on Thursday when the singer, 30, wore a ‘wedding dress’ to announce her new Evermore album (pictured in 2019)
After questioning if Taylor was hinting at a secret wedding, some fans even said they wouldn’t be surprised if they had a secret daughter called Willow, given that that’s one of the track listings.
They wrote: ‘Honestly at this point i wont even be surprised if taylor swift announces her marriage and tells us she’s had a baby girl named willow in the willow.’
‘This screams wedding dress to me. #evermorealbum @taylorswift13 @taylornation13
Wedding hysteria: Taylor’s fans were convinced that the singer was trying to hint at some happy wedding news with her beau Joe, 29
Who is Joe Alwyn?
Notoriously private Joe, 29, is a British actor best known for starring in movies such as The Favourite, Harriet and Mary Queen Of Scots.
Born and raised in north London, he grew up in Tufnell Park and Crouch End.
Joe completed a BA in London at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
He and Taylor have been dating since the summer of 2016.
She wrote a number of love songs about Joe on her 2017 album Reputation and 2019 album Lover.
Taylor recently confirmed that Joe co-wrote two of the songs on her Folklore album, under the pseudonym William Bowery
The name was inspired by his composer great-grandfather William Alwyn, and the Bowery Hotel, the location of one of the couple’s first public outings.
‘Last one before the album comes out because I could do this all day. People, I think she got married. This is def a wedding dress and the album is called #evermorealbum.’
‘Why does this look so much like a wedding dress? Thank goodness my fiance is a paramedic because if we get another surprise I’m going to need one.’
Taylor had taken to Twitter to share her music news with her fans, saying she ‘just kept writing’ following the release of her first surprise album Folklore in July, and couldn’t wait to share the new music and video for her first single Willow.
Sharing a photo taken for the album artwork, she wrote in a candid statement: ‘I’m elated to tell you that my 9th studio album, and folklore’s sister record, will be out tonight at midnight eastern. It’s called evermore.
‘To put it plainly, we just couldn’t stop writing songs. To try and put it more poetically, it feels like we were standing on the edge of the folklorian woods and had a choice: to turn and go back or to travel further into the forest of this music.
‘We chose to wander deeper in. I’ve never done this before. In the past I’ve always treated albums as one-off eras and moved onto planning the next one after an album was released. There was something different with folklore.’
Detailing how much she loved Folklore, she went on: ‘In making it, I felt less like I was departing and more like I was returning. I loved the escapism I found in these imaginary/not imaginary tales.
‘I loved the ways you welcomed the dreamscapes and tragedies and epic tales of love lost and found into your lives. So I just kept writing them.
‘I just kept writing’: Taylor Swift revealed on Thursday she has made another surprise album titled Evermore that’ll be released at MIDNIGHT, and features 15 songs on the tracklist
Creative: In a candid statement, Taylor said she ‘loved the escapism’ when she was writing Folklore and was keen to continue pursuing the ‘dreamscapes and tragedies’ she’d imagined
‘And I loved creating these songs with Aaron Dessner, Jack Antonoff, WB, and Justin Vernon. We’ve also welcomed some new (and longtime) friends to our musical kitchen table this time around…’
Referring to her birthday on December 13, she went on: ‘Ever since I was 13, I’ve been excited about turning 31 because it’s my lucky number backwards, which is why I wanted to surprise you with this now.
‘You’ve all been so caring, supportive and thoughtful on my birthdays and so this time I thought I would give you something!
‘I also know this holiday season will be a lonely one for most of us and if there are any of you out there who turn to music to cope with missing loved ones the way I do, this is for you.’
Sweet: Discussing her birthday on December 13, she added: ‘You’ve all been so caring, supportive and thoughtful on my birthdays… so this time I thought I would give you something’
Taylor revealed there will be 15 songs released on the standard edition of the album, with two bonus tracks Right Where You Left Me and It’s Time To Go added to the deluxe physical edition of the record.
The music video for her first single Willow will be unveiled alongside the album at midnight, with Taylor sharing a sneak peak by posting a snap of herself in a white lace dress and a flower crown.
She gushed: ‘Tonight the story continues, as the music video for ‘willow’ drops at midnight eastern.’
The Shake It Off hitmaker added that she would join in a YouTube Q&A session ahead of the music video’s release.
Exciting! The music video for her first single Willow will be unveiled alongside the album at midnight, with Taylor sharing a sneak peak by posting a snap of herself in a white lace dress
Alongside her announcement, Taylor shared two images one showing her from behind while in the other she walked through the countryside while dressed in a red-and-black Stella McCartney coat.
In July, Taylor surprised Swifties when she announced the release of her eighth studio album titled Folklore at midnight the day after the announcement.
In her official announcement, Taylor shared a snap of the the album artwork alongside a teaser of the music video for her new single Cardigan, which was also released at midnight.
In an accompanying caption Taylor wrote: ‘Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen. And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore…
‘Surprise Tonight at midnight I’ll be releasing my entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into.’
Taylor’s last album release, Lover, was in 2019. Her 2006 eponymous debut studio album was the longest-charting album of the 2000s.
Having sold more than 50 million albums and 150 million singles globally, Swift is one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time.
Her accolades include 10 Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and seven Guinness World Records; she is the most-awarded act and woman at the American Music Awards (29 wins) and Billboard Music Awards (23 wins), respectively.
Unexpected: Taylor completely surprised Swifties in July with her Instagram announcement that she would be releasing Folklore at midnight, sharing an image and tracklist for the album
Secret: In an accompanying caption Taylor wrote: ‘Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen’