In April 2023, it was reported that Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn had ended their relationship after six years together and since then, Taylor has been moving on to bigger and better things with the release of her re-recording of 1989 and her new boyfriend, Travis Kelce.
When she announced that her song “You’re Losing Me,” a bonus track from the Late Night Edition of her studio album Midnights, would officially be put on streaming services, her friend and co-writing pal Jack Antonoff turned some Swiftie heads with a big reveal about the behind-the-scenes story of the song.
For casual Taylor Swift fans, this Instagram story shared by Jack Antonoff might not mean much, but serious fans of the singer clued in on a major detail of this story: “You’re Losing Me” was written in 2021. This song was originally released a month after her breakup with then-boyfriend Joe Alwyn and though fans have always assumed that it was about the British actor, the fact that it was written well before the two of them officially broke up has fans wondering if there was trouble in paradise long before they split.
Like many of Taylor Swift’s other songs, “You’re Losing Me” is an emotional tune about a relationship that’s not quite over yet, but that the speaker of the song can’t decide whether or not they should put in the effort to save.
"I can’t find a pulse / My heart won’t start anymore / For you / ‘Cause you’re losin’ me,” Swift sings in the emotional song. “How long could we be a sad song / ‘Til we were too far gone to bring back to life? / I gave you all my best me’s, my endless empathy"
Since neither Taylor Swift or Joe Alwyn have publicly commented on their breakup, it’s hard for fans to confirm that she was writing “You’re Losing Me” from experience in her then-relationship, but the timeline certainly has fans theorizing.