With just a single Instagram Story, Jack Antonoff has ignited a flurry of speculation among Taylor Swift fans regarding the timeline of her breakup with ex-boyfriend Joe Alwyn. Given their extensive collaboration history and close friendship, it’s not unusual to spot Swift in a throwback photo on Antonoff’s Instagram story, especially as he commemorates the release of her song “You’re Losing Me (From the Vault).” The track, previously exclusively available through Swift’s online store and as a limited CD during her Eras Tour show in New Jersey, hit streaming services to celebrate Swift’s status as the top-streamed artist on Spotify this year.
However, what caught everyone’s attention in the shared snapshot was Antonoff’s caption: “You’re losing me is out today. A very special track from the midnight sessions that’s finally streaming! Written and recorded at home on 12/5/21 right after Taylor ate these raisins.”
For those adept in both Swiftology and Forensic Investigation, the specificity of the date, a seemingly random Sunday in December, raises questions about its significance. This curiosity intensifies when considering the poignant lyrics of the track, where Swift delves into themes of a deteriorating long-term relationship, contemplating whether to salvage or discard what has been built over time.
Let’s do some timeline analysis. News of Swift’s breakup with Joe Alwyn surfaced in April of the current year, a revelation that coincided with the early stages of her Eras Tour. Prior to this, she had replaced the song “Invisible String,” a narrative of soulmates staying connected, with the breakup anthem “The 1.” However, eagle-eyed fans may notice that April 2023 is significantly later than the December 2021 date mentioned by Antonoff. If “You’re Losing Me” indeed references Alwyn, the track’s creation in 2021 suggests trouble in their relationship much earlier than publicly acknowledged.
Swift’s penchant for privacy in her romantic life and Alwyn’s silence on the matter added to the mystery. The only pre-breakup evidence of their relationship was a photo Alwyn shared on Instagram of one of Swift’s cats and his sock-clad feet in early 2023.
Antonoff’s date-drop has undeniably stirred confusion among fans. Adding to the intrigue, a keen-eyed Twitter user noted a bottle of wine named “Gaslighter” near Swift’s raisin snack. Is it just a beverage or a concealed message? Fans are left to interpret.
While this unfolds, Swift seems to have moved on with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. In a recent podcast interview, Kelce expressed his cautious approach to discussing their relationship publicly. Swift, in turn, has shown her support by liking Chiefs-related posts on Instagram. Kelce’s family, including his parents, Donna and Ed Kelce, appears to be on board with the relationship, even singing Swift’s songs in social media posts.
Representatives for Taylor Swift did not respond to requests for comments, leaving fans to dissect clues and speculate on the ever-evolving Swift universe.