At the beginning of 2020, before the pandemic forced most of the country into prolonged quarantine, Taylor Swift and her British actor boyfriend of three years, Joe Alwyn, attended their first awards show together at the Golden Globes. But tonight, Swift opted not to make the Grammys their second award show together. Swift performed at the ceremony and posed on the red carpet without her boyfriend of more than four years, though he’s presumably watching and supporting her from afar.

Given the COVID-19 precautions that Grammys producers have taken to keep the show safe, it’s understandable why plus ones weren’t really part of the evening. Swift and Alwyn, for what it’s worth, have never done a red carpet together, so this move isn’t unusual for them.

Swift posed on the red carpet with her folklore collaborators Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff.

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Alwyn and Swift have been quarantining together for the last year. During the beginning of quarantine, Alwyn shared glimpses here and there of their life together, although he has never posted a photo of Swift herself on his social media. (Her cats though? Totally.)

Alwyn and Swift have both been vocal about why they have chosen to keep their relationship of almost four years private. Swift spoke Swift to The Guardian last August about the reason she won’t talk about Alwyn in interviews.

“I’ve learned that if I do, people think it’s up for discussion, and our relationship isn’t up for discussion,” she said with a laugh. “If you and I were having a glass of wine right now, we’d be talking about it — but it’s just that it goes out into the world. That’s where the boundary is, and that’s where my life has become manageable. I really want to keep it feeling manageable.”

Alwyn, meanwhile, was off put by people thinking they’re strangely private. “I don’t think [we’re] more than anyone else,” he told Mr. Porter’s The Journal magazine in January 2019. “I don’t think anyone you meet on the streets would just spill their guts out to you, therefore why should I? And then that is defined as being ‘strangely private’. Fine. But I don’t think it is. I think it’s normal.”

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