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    Joe Alwyn Explained Why His Relationship With Taylor Swift Is So Private

    "It's more a response to something else."

    You know that Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn have been together for a minute now. (About five years, to be specific.)

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    And that's pretty much all we know about them. They're extremely private as a couple, and they rarely even appear in public together.

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    Given that they're two famous people, Taylor and Joe's decision to keep their relationship out of the public eye is impressive and interesting. Not a lot of celebs do that these days!

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    In an interview with Elle, Joe explained why they've kept so many details of their life together close to the vest.

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    He says that the decision isn't about being "guarded and private," and is instead a response to something else."

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    “We live in a culture that is so increasingly intrusive."

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    "The more you give and frankly, even if you don’t give it, something will be taken.”

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    Although Joe rarely talks about his relationship with Taylor, this isn't the first time it's happened this year.

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    During a recent media panel, Joe was asked if he'd ever been in an open relationship. "People can do whatever they want that makes them happy. I'm obviously happy in a monogamous relationship," he replied, alluding to his sitch with Taylor.

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    Read Joe's interview with Elle here.