Who is Taylor Swift?
Taylor Swift is an American singer, songwriter, actress, director and businesswoman. Taylor Swift is popularly known for her hit songs like “Bad Blood” which featured American rapper, Kendrick Lamar; “End Game” which featured Ed Sheeran and Future and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Taylor Swift’s music is often inspired by her personal life and experiences.
Taylor Swift’s full name is Taylor Allison Swift. She was born on December 13, 1989, in West Reading, Pennsylvania, the United States to her parents: Scott Kingsley Swift and Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay). As of September 2022, Taylor Swift is 32 years old.
About Taylor Swift’s parents
a. Andrea Gardner Swift
Taylor Swift’s mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (née Finlay) was born on January 10, 1958, in Pennsylvania, the United States. She is currently 64 years old. At the time of Taylor’s birth, Andrea Gardner Swift was a mutual fund marketing executive.
In 2015, Taylor Swift revealed that Andrea Swift was diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing treatment. In March 2019, Taylor Swift shared that her mom’s cancer had returned. She added that a tumour was found in Andrea Swift’s brain while she was being treated for cancer. It was at this time that Taylor Swift wrote a song called “Soon You’ll Get Better” which she recorded with The Chicks.
Luckily, Andrea Swift pulled through and is still alive. Speaking about her relationship with her mother, Taylor Swift said:
“She’s really the guiding force. Almost every decision I make, I talk to her about it.”
b. Scott Kingsley Swift
Taylor Swift’s father, Scott Kingsley Swift was born on March 5, 1952, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, the United States. He is an American stockbroker who once worked with the top investment company Merrill Lynch. He is currently 70 years old. It was previously reported that Scott Swift owns a trucking company called “Swift Trucking” but this has been found to be untrue.
Taylor Swift’s grandmother
Taylor Swift’s maternal grandmother is Marjorie Moehlenkamp Finlay, an American opera singer and television personality. Marjorie Finlay was born on October 5, 1928, in Memphis, Tennessee, the United States and she passed away on June 1, 2003, at the age of 74.
About Taylor Swift’s siblings
Taylor Swift’s only sibling is her younger brother Austin Kingsley Swift. Austin is an American actor and film producer. Austin Swift was born on March 11, 1992. As of September 2022, Austin Swift is 30 years old. Austin Swift has appeared in movies like “Live By Night” and “I. T.”
About Taylor Swift’s marriage and wedding
As of September 2022, Taylor Swift is unmarried and has no husband. However, she is reportedly engaged to her latest boyfriend Joe Alwyn. Taylor Swift is also known for her long string of ex-boyfriends, some of which include Taylor Lautner, Harry Styles and Calvin Harris.
List of men Taylor Swift has dated
- Taylor Swift dated Joe Jonas in 2008.
- Taylor Swift dated Lucas Till in 2009.
- Taylor Swift dated Taylor Lautner in 2009.
- Taylor Swift dated John Mayer in 2010.
- Taylor Swift dated Cory Monteith in 2010.
- Taylor Swift dated Jake Gyllenhaal in 2010.
- Taylor Swift was rumoured to have dated “Fantastic Beasts” actor, Eddie Redmayne in October 2011. The truth of this rumour remains undetermined. However, Eddie Redmayne has denied dating Taylor Swift on numerous occasions.
- Taylor Swift and Zac Efron dated in 2012.
- Conor Kennedy and Taylor Swift dated in 2012.
- Taylor Swift dated Harry Styles from 2012 to 2013.
- Taylor Swift dated Calvin Harris in 2015.
- Taylor Swift dated Tom Hiddleston in 2016.
- Taylor Swift dated Joe Alwyn in 2016.
About Taylor Swift’s relationship Taylor Lautner
Taylor Daniel Lautner is an American actor. He is popularly known for playing “Jack Black” in “The Twilight Saga” films. He was born on February 11, 1992, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the United States and is currently 30 years old.
Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner met while filming the 2010 romantic comedy film “Valentine’s Day.” They dated in August 2009 but called it quits by December of the same year. Taylor Swift’s song, “Back to December” is said to be about her relationship with Taylor Lautner. Lautner has since moved on and is currently married to a woman called Taylor Dome.
About Taylor Swift’s relationship with Joe Jonas
Joe Jonas is an American actor, singer and songwriter. He was born on August 15, 1989, in Casa Grande, Arizona, the United States and is currently 33 years old.
Joe Jonas and Taylor Swift dated for about three months (from July to October 2008). Joe Jonas reportedly broke up with Taylor Swift with a phone call that lasted 27 seconds. Taylor Swift poured her anguish into the song, “Forever & Always” which was released a month after the messy split. Joe Jonas and Taylor Swift took shots at each other for a while but things seem to have settled down between the ex-lovers. Joe Jonas is currently married to “Game of Thrones” actress, Sophie Turner (who played Sansa Stark).
About Taylor Swift’s relationship with Zac Efron
Zac Efron is an American actor popularly known for playing “Troy Bolton” in the “High School Musical” film series. He was born on October 18, 1987, in San Luis Obispo, California, the United States and is currently 34 years old.
Zac Efron and Taylor Swift dated very briefly when they were promoting the 2012 animated film, “The Lorax.” According to reports, Taylor Swift and Zac Efron dated for less than a month (from February to March 2012). Efron (who was previously linked to Vanessa Hudgens) has since moved on with his life. It is not known if Taylor Swift wrote any song for Zac Efron.
About Taylor Swift’s relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal is an American actor and film producer. He was born on December 19, 1980, in California, United States. He is currently 41 years old. Gyllenhaal is known for his roles in movies like “Brothers (2009)”, “Nightcrawler (2014)” and “Ambulance (2022)”.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Taylor Swift dated back in 2010. At the time of their relationship, the award-winning singer was 20 years old while Gyllenhaal was 29 years old. They were together for about three months (from October to January 2011). They broke up shortly after Swift’s 21st birthday when Gyllenhaal did not attend the party.
Taylor Swift’s song, “All Too Well” is said to be about her relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal. Other songs like “I Knew You Were Trouble,” “Treacherous” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” are also alleged to be about her ex, Gyllenhaal.
Following their breakup, Taylor Swift’s fans (AKA Swifties) went after Gyllenhaal and attacked him online. In response, Gyllenhaal stated that while he didn’t blame Swift for writing those songs, her fans had become “unruly.”
“It’s her way of expressing herself. Artists draw on their personal experiences to write songs and I’m not angry with her.”
Gyllenhaal has since moved on and is currently married to French model Jeanne Cadieu.
About Taylor Swift’s relationship with Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris (born Adam Richard Wiles) is a Scottish DJ, singer, songwriter and record producer. He was born on January 17, 1984, in Dumfries, the United Kingdom and is currently 38 years old.
Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris met at the February 2015 Brit Awards. They were introduced by a mutual friend, Ellie Goulding. At the time of their relationship, Taylor Swift said:
“I’m in a magical relationship right now. And of course, I want it to be ours and low-key. This is the one thing that’s been mine about my personal life.”
However, Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris called it quits in June 2016, after dating for barely a year. It was said that the reason for their split was that Harris was “intimidated” by Taylor Swift’s success. This theory gathered momentum because Harris never attended any events where Swift was being honoured except if he was nominated as well. In other reports, it was said that they split because they just weren’t right for each other. Calvin Harris and Taylor Swift appear to be on good terms right now. Harris is currently engaged to British radio presenter, Vick Hope.
Taylor Swift and Harry Styles’ relationship
According to information gathered by DNB Stories Africa, Taylor Swift and Harry Styles met backstage at the 2012 Kids Choice Awards and felt an instant connection. It was reported that Swift looked “enchanted” as she watched Styles and his One Direction boys perform their hit song “What Makes You Beautiful” while standing backstage with her then-bestie Selena Gomez.
Swift and Styles initially tried to keep things on the low but by November 2012, their affair had become public knowledge. That same month, Harry Styles gushed about Taylor Swift in an interview with Seventeen, saying:
Honestly, she couldn’t be a sweeter person. She’s a great girl and she’s extremely talented. Some people you meet and they are not as nice as you make them out to be, but she’s one of those people who’s really just amazing.
Sadly, their whirlwind romance like most of Taylor’s other relationships did not last. Swift and Styles broke up in early 2013, after being together for about three months. While the exact reason for their split is not known, it was reported that the two had a “massive fight” during their New Year vacation in the British Virgin Islands in January 2013. Following the fight, Swift quit the vacation early and travelled back to the States. And that was the end of it.
It is believed that most of the songs from Taylor Swift’s 2014 album “1989” are about her relationship with Harry Styles, most notably “Style”, “Wildest Dreams” and “I Know Places”. Swift later confirmed that her 2012 hit single “I Knew You Were Trouble” is about Harry Styles.
About Taylor Swift’s relationship with Joe Alwyn
Joe Alwyn is Taylor Swift’s current boyfriend, as of the time of publishing this article. Alwyn is an English actor. He was born on February 21, 1991, in Royal Tunbridge Wells, the United Kingdom. He is currently 31 years old.
Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn were rumoured to have met at the 2016 Met Gala. However, Swift was still dating Calvin Harris at the time. In November 2016, Taylor Swift attended a screening of Alwyn’s movie, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” which also starred Kristen Stewart. By January 2017, the two were secretly dating and Taylor Swift has moved to London.
In May 2017, it was revealed that Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn were keeping their relationship a secret. It was also said that Taylor Swift often wore disguises to her dates with Alwyn. In July 2017, Alwyn and Swift reportedly had dinner with Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds at Taylor Swift’s Rhode Island home.
In October 2017, Swift went public with her relationship with Joe Alwyn. She shared that her song, “Gorgeous” was about him. In December 2017, Swift and Alwyn posted the same picture of them in the desert on their individual Instagram pages.
Joe Alwyn stated that they weren’t trying to troll fans. Rather, the posts were just a coincidence. He said:
“I didn’t even think of that until I was in New York and someone else mentioned it. It wasn’t purposeful.”
In July 2018, Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn went vacationing in Caicos. Later on, in September 2018, Swift and Alwyn attended the premiere of his movie, “The Favourite” together. When the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic hit, Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn quarantined together. By December 2020, the couple were already sparking engagement rumours. However, Swift shut down the engagement rumours by referring to Joe Alwyn as her “boyfriend” in an interview.
It was later discovered that Alwyn co-wrote some of Taylor’s songs off her album, “Folklore”. In June 2022, it was speculated that Swift and Alwyn were engaged to be married. However, neither Swift nor Alwyn has confirmed these reports.
About Taylor Swift’s kids
As of the time of publishing this article, Taylor Swift has no children. She has not expressed interest in having children soon either.
About Taylor Swift’s label controversy
From 2006 to 2017, Taylor Swift released six albums (Taylor Swift, Fearless, Speak Now, Red, 1989 and Reputation) with her former record label, Big Machine Records. The terms of her contract stated that Big Machine Records would have ownership of her first six studio albums. After her contract with Big Machine Records expired, Taylor Swift signed on with Republic Records. However, in June 2019, Scooter Braun bought Big Machine Records along with ownership of Swift’s first six albums. Swift revealed that she had been trying to buy back her ownership for years but the conditions Big Machine Records gave were completely unfavourable.
Big Machine Records stated that they would only grant Swift ownership of her albums if she signed another ten-year contract with the label. Swift refused.
In a June 2019 Tumblr post, Taylor Swift said:
“For years, I asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work. Instead, I was given an opportunity to sign back up to Big Machine Records and ‘earn’ one album back at a time for every new one I turned in. I learned about Scooter Braun’s purchase of my masters as it was announced to the world. All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years.”
Swift later accused Braun of preventing her from performing her older songs at the 2019 American Music Awards. An allegation the label denied. Swift then announced that she was rerecording her first six studio albums. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) and Red (Taylor’s Version) were released in 2021.