Why Taylor Swift Skipped the 2023 Met Gala

Working onerous! Taylor Swift didn’t steal the present on the Met Gala — a lot to the frustration of Swifties — however she missed the pink carpet occasion for motive.

The “Midnights” songstress, 33, is busy along with her sold-out tour and making ready for her three exhibits in Nashville this week, a supply confirms to Us Weekly.

The annual profit for the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork’s Costume Institute was held in New York Metropolis on Monday, Might 1. This 12 months’s theme serves as a celebration of late Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld’s legacy. (The style mogul died in 2019 on the age of 85.)

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Followers hoped to see Swift on her first pink carpet after her break up from  Joe Alwyn final month.

Swift’s final Met Gala look was in 2016 — the place followers speculate she first met ex Alwyn, 32, who was additionally in attendance. Whereas the pair have been first formally linked in Might 2017, the Grammy winner referenced the occasion in her track “Costume,” which is off her 2017 album Repute and largely believed to be impressed by the Conversations With Buddies actor. 

“Flashback to whenever you met me / Your buzzcut and my hair bleached,” Swift croons on the observe, seemingly hinting at her now-famous bleach-blonde bob that she noticed on the pink carpet on the time. Alwyn, for his half, had his head shaved for his function in 2016’s Billy Lynn’s Lengthy Halftime Stroll.  The 2016 Met Gala theme was “Manus x Machina: Trend in an Age of Expertise.” 

The Evermore artist and the England native have been collectively for practically six years earlier than they known as it quits for good final month. A supply solely informed Us Weekly on the time that the Harriet actor struggled with Swift’s A-list movie star standing. 

“Fame factored into their break up. Joe may be very shy and by no means favored all the consideration that got here with relationship one of the vital fashionable singers on this planet,” the insider shared on the time, noting that the Favorite star by no means “blamed” Swift for her recognition, he “simply didn’t like having to be on all the time.” 

The previous couple started relationship throughout a tough time for the “Tim McGraw” singer, who had simply pulled the plug on her extremely publicized romances with Calvin Harris and Tom Hiddleston, the latter of whom she additionally met on the 2016 Met Gala. ( The Pennsylvania native dated Harris, 39, from 2015 to 2016, whereas she and the Loki star, 42, had a quick fling that summer season.) The “Shake It Off” artist was additionally going through public scrutiny amid her feud with Kanye West and then-wife Kim Kardashian.

“I felt alone, I felt actually bitter,” Swift mentioned in her 2020 Netflix documentary, Ms. Americana, which additionally featured a few of the singer-songwriter’s non-public moments with Alwyn. “I felt form of like a wounded animal lashing out. I figured I needed to reset all the things. I needed to reconstruct a whole perception system for my very own private sanity. I additionally was falling in love with somebody who had a splendidly regular, balanced life.”

In October 2017, a supply solely informed Us that Swift and Alwyn have been “taking it gradual” however have been “very a lot in love” and having fun with the normalcy of a low-key life-style. After greater than three years collectively, one other insider shared that the pop star considered her beau as “one of many solely protected constants in her life.”

Whereas engagement rumors swirled numerous instances all through their relationship, the pair remained tight-lipped about their relationship standing, notably Alwyn. 

“If I had a pound for each time I feel I’ve been informed I’ve been engaged, then I’d have numerous pound cash,” Alwyn joked to WSJ. Journal in April 2022. “I imply, the reality is, if the reply was sure, I wouldn’t say, and if the reply was no, I wouldn’t say.”