Taylor Swift and boyfriend smile for the cameras

Singer Taylor Swift and boyfriend Joe Alwyn were photographed walking the streets of New York on Sunday.
Singer Taylor Swift and boyfriend Joe Alwyn were photographed walking the streets of New York on Sunday.PHOTO: TAYLOR SWIFT UPDATES / INSTAGRAM

NEW YORK • Was it a move to drum up publicity for the debut of Taylor Swift's concert film on Netflix?

This speculation surfaced after the superstar singer was spotted walking the streets of New York with boyfriend Joe Alwyn on Sunday, hours before the broadcast of the Reputation Stadium Tour documentary yesterday.

The famously private couple had previously kept their faces covered or not looked directly at the cameras whenever they were snapped by the paparazzi, noted Elle magazine.

Not this time though. The pair, who reportedly started dating in 2016, were holding hands and happily smiling.

Perhaps, it was the cheerful year-end holiday mood, with the duo also having a lunch date with actor Alwyn's brothers Thomas and Patrick.

Last month, Alwyn, 27, got a career backing from Swift, 29, when she turned up at an after-party following the premiere of his film - Mary, Queen Of Scots - in London, though they did not walk the red carpet together.

Their latest outing in New York comes after Us Weekly reported that Alwyn intended to propose to the singer "soon".

The Reputation film, which she described as a gift to her fans, was shot in Arlington, Texas, in October last year. It also features Camila Cabello and Charli XCX, who both opened for Swift on the lucrative 53-show tour.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 01, 2019, with the headline 'Taylor Swift and boyfriend smile for the cameras'. Print Edition | Subscribe