Upon the launch of Speak Now (Taylor’s Version), the fans of Taylor Swift, known as Swifties, are delving back into the singer’s romantic history. Even though it’s been over a decade since their story captured the public eye, the question remains – why did the relationship between Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner come to an end?
Swift and Lautner’s paths crossed on the set of the movie Valentine’s Day in 2009. They portrayed a make-believe couple in the film, however, their off-screen chemistry started to spark. Swift playfully addressed the speculation about their relationship during a Saturday Night Live monologue. “If you’re pondering whether I might be involved with the werewolf from Twilight,” she sang before slyly mouthing “Hi Taylor!” towards the camera. “I won’t delve into that during my monologue.” A few months later, Lautner responded in his own SNL monologue, making a humorous reference to Swift’s VMAs incident with Kanye West. “What I really wanted to do was this,” Lautner declared before tackling a cardboard representation of the DONDA artist. Unfortunately, just a few months after publicly confirming their relationship, the duo decided to part ways in December 2009.
This leads to the persistent question – what led to the dissolution of the relationship between the two Taylors, Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner?
Why did Taylor Swift & Taylor Lautner break up?
Why did the relationship between Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner come to an end? An insider revealed to Us Weekly at the time, “His feelings for her were stronger. He made considerable efforts to see her, but she didn’t reciprocate as much. They realized they functioned better as friends.” Another source spoke to People, “It was never a significant affair from the start. The media hype was more than the actual substance. They went on a few dates but acknowledged it was not headed in any serious direction.”
“Initially they were good friends who went on a few dates, however, their respective locations – he in L.A., and she in Nashville, along with their busy schedules prevented the relationship from evolving,” added an insider close to Lautner.
The Twilight star is famously recognized as the muse for Speak Now’s “Back to December”, which includes overt references to their relationship and specific traits like his “tan skin” and his “sweet smile.” She croons, “And how you held me in your arms that September night / The first time you ever saw me cry”
Swift commented on the song during a chat with USA Today, “The lyrics are almost verbatim. It was a necessary conversation encapsulated in a song because I don’t want to cause harm. If you unintentionally do, it’s important to mend it.”
During a Facebook Live session with Scream Queens co-star Lea Michele, Lautner confirmed that the song written about him was indeed “Back to December.”
Despite the breakup, Swift and Lautner have remained on good terms. Swift described Lautner as “one of my best friends” in an interview with Glamour, expressing her gratitude for their lasting friendship.
Years later, Lautner expressed his thoughts on the new re-release of Speak Now (Taylor’s version). “I think it’s a brilliant album. Yes, I feel at ease,” he told Today.
Lautner also spoke about the infamous VMAs moment with Kanye West during an episode of The Squeeze, a podcast hosted by his wife who also goes by the name Taylor.
Ahead of the release of Speak Now (Taylor’s Version), Swift appealed to her fans to maintain decorum online. She highlighted her intent behind releasing the album – to own her music, a right she believes all artists should have.
As Swifties explore the singer’s past relationships with the launch of the new album, the question about the end of Swift and Lautner’s relationship resurfaces. The two, who initially met on the set of Valentine’s Day in 2009, acknowledged their relationship in their respective Saturday Night Live monologues, with Swift playfully hinting and Lautner making a light-hearted reference to Swift’s VMAs incident with Kanye West. However, their romance was short-lived, coming to an end just a few months later in December 2009.
Why did Taylor Swift & Taylor Lautner break up?
What led to the end of the relationship between Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner? At the time, an insider told Us Weekly, “His affection for her outweighed hers for him. He made efforts to see her whenever possible, but she did not reciprocate to the same extent. They came to a mutual conclusion that they were better suited as friends.” As another source confided to People, “It was never much of a saga to begin with. The media blew it out of proportion. After a few dates, they realized the relationship wasn’t progressing.”
“They started as friends, dated a bit, but geographical differences – him being in L.A. and her in Nashville, coupled with their busy lifestyles, restricted the relationship from advancing,” a person close to Lautner shared.
Lautner, the Twilight actor, is infamously associated with Swift’s song “Back to December” from Speak Now. The song contains explicit references to their relationship, mentioning his “tan skin” and “sweet smile.” The lyrics go, “And how you held me in your arms that September night / The first time you ever saw me cry.”
In a conversation with USA Today, Swift elaborated on the song, “The lyrics are almost a transcript. It represents a dialogue that had to happen because I never intend to hurt anyone. If it happens unintentionally, it’s crucial to amend it.”
During a Facebook Live interaction with Scream Queens co-star Lea Michele, Lautner admitted that Swift wrote a song about him. When Michele prodded further about the song details, Lautner confirmed it was “Back to December.”
Even after their breakup, Swift and Lautner seem to have maintained their friendship. Swift labeled Lautner as “one of my best friends” in an interview with Glamour, expressing her appreciation for their enduring bond.
Years later, Lautner shared his thoughts on the re-released version of Speak Now, “I think it’s an excellent album. Yes, I feel reassured,” he told Today.
On his wife’s podcast, The Squeeze, Lautner revisited the controversial VMAs incident where Kanye West interrupted Swift. He recalls being bemused and assumed it was a preplanned skit.
In anticipation of the release of Speak Now (Taylor’s Version), Swift addressed her fans, urging them to maintain a kind and gentle demeanor online. She underscored her reason for releasing the album – to have ownership of her music, a right she believes every artist should possess.
She went on to say, “I’m 33 years old, I am not bothered by what happened when I was 19 except for the songs I composed and the memories we created. I am releasing this album not because you should defend me online against someone you think the song was about.”
While Lautner prefers to keep away from these conversations, Swift’s fans, known as Swifties, are ready to revisit Swift’s relationship with John Mayer and its impact on their favorite singer.
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