Details emerge on Taylor Swift's secretive relationship with Joe Alwyn

For years, Taylor Swift was known as an over-sharer: The pop star's lyrics, interviews and paparazzi snaps endlessly focused on her high-profile relationships, from Harry Styles to John Mayer to Jake Gyllenhaal.

To quote Swift's 2012 hit: Everything has changed.

Swift, 29, and English actor Joe Alwyn began quietly dating sometime in 2016, but the public had no idea about their romance until May 2017. That was the first indication that Swift was approaching this relationship much differently than those of her past, and new reports confirm she's very pleased with her decision. 

“She’s much happier without her personal life out in the open,” according to Us Weekly. “She credits Joe for that and realizes how much better off she is.”

English actor Alwyn was born in London, where he and Swift now spend much of their time. The two reportedly often head out to local pubs and are "very low-key and normal."

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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: Joe Alwyn attends the UK Premiere of 'The Favourite' & American Express Gala at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival on October 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 18: Joe Alwyn attends the UK film premiere of 'The Favourite' at BFI Southbank during the 62nd London Film Festival American Express Gala. October 18, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn hold hands as they return home on September 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Joe Alwyn attends the 56th New York Film Festival - Opening Night Premiere Of 'The Favourite' at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on September 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/WireImage)
Brit actor Joe Alwyn attends The Favourite movie photocall during the at 75th Venice Film Festival. Venice, August 30th, 2018 (Photo by Marilla Sicilia/Archivio Marilla Sicilia/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 30: Joe Alwyn walks the red carpet ahead of the 'The Favourite' screening during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on August 30, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 30: (From L) Actor Nicolas Hoult, actress Emma Stone, director Yorgos Lanthimos, actress Olivia Colman and actor Joe Alwyn walks the red carpet ahead of the 'The Favourite' screening during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on August 30, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 30: Joe Alwyn attend 'The Favourite' photocall during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Sala Casino on August 30, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Alessandra Benedetti - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 18: Joe Alwyn at the 'Operation Finale' Press Conference at the Essex House on August 18, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 16: Joe Alwyn attends the 'Operation Finale' New York Premiere at Walter Reade Theater on August 16, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15: Joe Alwyn attends the screening of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15: Elizabeth Debicki and Joe Alwyn attend the screening of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Actor Joe Alwyn attends the Chopard Trophy during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Martinez Hotel on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: Joe Alwyn attends the Gala screening of 'The Sense of an Ending' at Picturehouse Central on April 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: Joe Alwyn attends the Gala screening of 'The Sense of an Ending' at Picturehouse Central on April 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: Joe Alwyn attends the Gala screening of 'The Sense of an Ending' at Picturehouse Central on April 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: Joe Alwyn attends the Gala screening of 'The Sense of an Ending' at Picturehouse Central on April 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02: Joe Alwyn attends Dylan Jones and Marco Bizzarri host a cocktail party to launch new film series 'The Performers' at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery at The Serpentine Gallery on February 2, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images for Gucci)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08: Joe Alwyn (L), wearing dunhill, and guest attend the dunhill and Dylan Jones pre-BAFTA dinner and cocktail reception celebrating Gentlemen in Film at Bourdon House on February 8, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Alfred Dunhill)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 22: (L-R) Actors Patrick Gibson and Joe Alwyn attend the Lanvin Menswear Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 22, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Joe Alwyn attends the Oliver Spencer AW17 Catwalk Show during London Fashion Week Men's January 2017 at the BFC Show Space on January 7, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Oliver Spencer)
HONG KONG - NOVEMBER 09: (L-R) Actress Tang Wei, director Ang Lee and British actor Joe Alwyn attend the premiere of Ang Lee's film 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' on November 8, 2016 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
Actor Joe Alwyn poses during a press conference to promote the film 'Billy Lynns Long Halftime Walk' in Taipei on November 3, 2016. Taiwan-born Lee returned to the island to promote his war drama 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' starring newcomer Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel and Steve Martin ahead of its November 11 release. / AFP / SAM YEH (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - NOVEMBER 06: British actor Joe Alwyn attends the premiere of director Ang Lee's film 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' on November 6, 2016 in Beijing, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: Joe Alwyn at 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Press Conference at the Essex House on October 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: Actor Joe Alwyn attends the 54th New York Film Festival 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' premiere held at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on October 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: (L-R) Actors Kristen Stewart, Joe Alwyn and director Ang Lee attend The Build Series Presents 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' at AOL HQ on October 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: (L-R) Director Ang Lee, actors Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Steve Martin and Joe Alwyn attend The Build Series Presents 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' at AOL HQ on October 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04: Joe Alwyn attends the IWC Schaffhausen Dinner in Honour of the BFI at Rosewood London on October 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for IWC Schaffhausen )
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 10: Joe Alwyn attends the private Burberry event during The London Collections Men SS17 at Burberry on June 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 20: Joe Alwyn attends the Jameson Empire Film Awards at Grosvenor House, on March 20, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Joe Alwyn attends the Burberry show during The London Collections Men AW16 at Kensington Gardens on January 11, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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The two have yet to make any red carpet appearances together, but in December 2018, Swift was spotted at a "Mary, Queen of Scots" premiere and after-party. (Alwyn has a role in the buzzy film.) Only a few blurry iPhone cameras captured her appearance.

Alwyn, 27, first acknowledged the relationship in September 2018, but only to essentially stop the line of questioning: "I’m aware people want to know about that side of things,” he told British Vogue. “I think we have been successfully very private and that has now sunk in for people…but I really prefer to talk about work.”

After two full years together, 2019 will almost certainly bring the couple's "official" public debut -- and perhaps even an engagement. We'll be waiting...

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LAS VEGAS - MAY 23: Country singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 41st Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 23, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Taylor Swift accepts Breathrough Video of the Year award for 'Tim McGraw' (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - MAY 14: Music artist Taylor Swift performs during the Academy of Country Music New Artists' Party for a Cause show at the MGM Grand Conference Center May 14, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 07: (LtoR) Singer/songwriters Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley and Kellie Pickler perform on stage at the 41st Annual CMA Awards at the Sommet Center on November 7, 2007 in Nashville TN. (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage)
�2009 RAMEY PHOTO LOS ANGELES, 7/30/09 TAYLOR SWIFT, TAYLOR LAUTNER, EMMA ROBERTS AND HER BOYFRIEND, FILMING VALENTINE'S DAY' IN LA. GV (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
CHELMSFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 22: Taylor Swift performs on the main stage on day 1 of the V Festival on August 22, 2009 at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 03: Singer\songwriter Taylor Swift arrives at the 46th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards RAM Red Carpet held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/ACMA2011/Getty Images for ACM)
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 11: Taylor Swift performs onstage during the MTV EMA's 2012 at Festhalle Frankfurt on November 11, 2012 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for MTV)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Taylor Swift attends The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards - press room held at Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 12: Singer Taylor Swift officially opens the Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on October 12, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. Seven-time GRAMMY winner Swift's $4 million gift to endow the center is the largest individual artist gift in the Hall of Fame's history. (Photo by Royce DeGrie/TAS/Getty Images for TAS)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Taylor Swift is seen on April 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by David Krieger/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 28: Taylor Swift performs on the Late Show With David Letterman, October 28, 2014. (Photo by John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: Taylor Swift performs onstage during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015 on December 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/DCNYRE2015/Getty Images for dcp)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17: Musician Taylor Swift poses in the press room with her eight Billboard Music Awards; Swift won Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album for '1989,' Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Digital Songs Artist, Top Streaming Song (Video) for 'Shake It Off,' and Billboard Chart Achievement Award during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 10: Taylor Swift performs on stage during 'The 1989 World Tour' at the Mercedes-Benz arena on November 10, 2015 in Shanghai, China. PHOTOGRAPH BY Feature China / Barcroft Media UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com (Photo credit should read Feature China / Barcroft Media / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 03: Taylor Swift arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on April 3, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 04: Musician Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 2017 DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night Concert at Club Nomadic on February 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for DIRECTV)
2018 Billboard Music Awards ? Photo Room ? Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., 20/05/2018 ? Taylor Swift holds her awards for Top Female Artist and Top Selling Album. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
Singer Taylor Swift performs during her reputation stadium tour at Wembley Stadium in London, Britain June 22, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
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