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Alex Turner, born in Sheffield, England in 1986, is more than just the frontman of the Arctic Monkeys. He’s a lyricist lauded for his wit and storytelling, a musician who effortlessly blends genres and a cultural icon whose influence extends far beyond the world of rock music.

Alex Turner’s musical journey began in his teens, forming the Arctic Monkeys with schoolmates. Their debut album, “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” (2006), became the fastest-selling debut in UK history, selling 118,501 on the first day of release and 363,735 copies in the first week from 21-28 January 2006.

Turner’s lyrics, filled with sharp observations of working-class life and pop culture references, resonated with audiences worldwide.

Beyond the Arctic Monkeys, Alex Turner has explored other creative avenues. He co-founded The Last Shadow Puppets with Miles Kane, venturing into a more cinematic and orchestral sound. He’s also dabbled in film scoring and even released a solo EP, “Submarine” (2018), showcasing his ever-evolving musical flexibility.

Alex Turner’s sharp dresser sense and adoption of a vintage aesthetic have made him a fashion icon. His lyrics, with their literary references and clever wordplay, are dissected and analyzed like poetry. He’s become a cultural figure, representing a generation that found solace and identity in the world of indie rock.

Offstage, Alex Turner exudes an enigmatic charm that has captivated fans and media alike. While notoriously private about his personal life, Alex Turner’s high-profile relationships, including his romance with Alexa Chung, have often made headlines, adding to his mystique as a rockstar heartthrob.

What made Alex Turner and Alexa Chung’s relationship such a pop culture phenomenon? This article delves into the reasons behind their public fascination and explores the story of one of the most talked-about couples in 21st-century rock music.

 

Who Is Alexa Chung?

 

Born in Winchester, England in 1983, Alexa Chung’s upbringing was shaped by diverse cultural influences from her Chinese-descent father and English mother. Her early artistic pursuits, including horse riding and ballet, hint at the creativity that would later define her career. Although initially aimed for academic pursuits at King’s College London and Chelsea College of Arts, fate intervened at the Reading Festival when she was scouted for modeling at just 16.

Launching her career with teen magazines and collaborations with various brands, Alexa Chung’s initial success in the modeling industry was undeniable. However, after four years, she grappled with the negative aspects of the industry and stepped away, disillusioned by its impact on her self-esteem and body image.

This shift in direction led Alexa Chung to television, where her undeniable charm and wit quickly captivated audiences as a presenter on shows like “Popworld” and “T4.” While initially stepping away from modeling, Alexa Chung eventually returned with a more conscious approach, collaborating with ethical brands and becoming the face of prominent labels like New Look and DKNY Jeans.

Earning a reputation for her unique and effortless style, Alexa Chung became a regular fixture on “best-dressed” lists and a familiar face in the coveted front-row seating at major fashion shows. Major brands like Pepe Jeans London, Lacoste, and Superga recognized her influence, hiring her as the face of their campaigns. Notably, the immense success of the “Alexa” bag launched by Mulberry in 2010, selling 380 units in a single week, further cemented her impact on consumer trends.

Beyond the runway, Alexa Chung’s talents extend far beyond modeling and television. Venturing into writing, she penned the book “It” (2013). Her entrepreneurial spirit also led her to launch her own fashion label, “alexachung,” in 2017 (closed in 2022). Collaborations with brands like J.Crew’s Madewell and AG Jeans showcased her design sensibilities to a wider audience and earned her recognition from the British Fashion Council, receiving the British Style Award in 2010 and winning the public vote for the same award in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

 

Alex Turner and Alexa Chung’s Relationship

 

Although deeply connected to the world of fashion, Alexa Chung always harbored a passion for music festivals. It was at one such event, T in the Park in 2007, that she met the Arctic Monkeys‘ frontman, Alex Turner, while the band performed their first two studio albums. The shared passion they both held for music, fashion, and a touch of eccentric charm sparked an instant connection.

The friendship that blossomed from this encounter soon evolved into a romance, and the pair started dating in April 2007 after meeting at the Coachella music festival, confirmed in the music video for “My Mistakes Were Made For You,” by The Last Shadow Puppets, Alex Turner’s side project with Miles Kane.

Following the confirmation of their relationship the connection between Alexa Chung and Alex Turner became one of the most talked-about amongst the band’s fans and the British tabloids, known for their intrusive approach to celebrity privacy. Despite the constant media attention, the couple provided many sweet moments and inspired several love songs, such as “She’s Thunderstorms” from the “Suck It And See” album, which became known as “Alexa’s song.”

Alexa Chung and Alex Turner dated for four years, from 2007 to 2011. Though their relationship ended, they reportedly parted ways friendly. Alexa Chung even dedicated a chapter in her book, “IT,” to her former partner, referring to him as “Al” and revealing in a 2013 interview with The Guardian that he remained her “best friend.” This suggests a level of respect and continued fondness between the two despite their romantic separation.

 

The Lost Love Letter of Alex Turner to Alexa Chung

 

A love letter written by Alex Turner during his relationship with Alexa Chung still circulates on social media today, after Alexa Chung accidentally left the note in a bar. Among the many verses Alex Turner wrote for Alexa Chung, one intended to be a private, romantic gesture for the fashionista ended up in the media’s hands. Chung inadvertently left her boyfriend’s letter behind in a bar – and it didn’t take long for it to surface on the internet.

The letter read:

My mouth hasn’t shut up about you since you kissed it. The idea that you may kiss it again is stuck in my brain, which hasn’t stopped thinking about you since, well, before any kiss.

And now the prospect of those kisses seems to wind me like when you slip on the stairs and one of the steps hits you in the middle of the back. The notion of them continuing for what is traditionally terrifying forever excites me to an unfamiliar degree“.

 

 

Who did Alex Turner Date After Alexa Chung?

Johanna Bennett (2005-2007)

 

Before Alexa Chung, Alex Turner’s most prominent relationship in the public eye was with musician Johanna Bennett. The lead singer of the band Totalizer, Bennett is best known for co-writing the Arctic Monkeys’ hit “Fluorescent Adolescent” with Alex Turner during their time together. After their relationship ended, Bennett went on to marry Kings of Leon guitarist Matthew Followill in 2009

 

Alexa Chung (2007-2011)

 

Despite looking like the perfect match of an indie music power couple for four years, Alex Turner and Alexa Chung broke up over a decade ago. However, their four years romance continues to hold a special place in the hearts of many fans.

 

Arielle Vandenberg (2011-2014)

 

A multi-talented American, Arielle Vandenberg, started her career on Vine, gaining fame as a star on the platform. She then transitioned to television, appearing in shows like “CSI: Miami,” “Bones,” and “How I Met Your Mother.” Now, she’s widely recognized as the host of “Love Island (U.S.).”

Arielle’s relationship with Alex Turner gained significant attention when she starred in the music video for The Arctic Monkeys’ song “R U Mine?” After their split, she dated Will Arnett before finding love with fellow Vine star Matt Cutshall. They’ve been engaged since 2019, and according to LAD Bible, Arielle might have even inspired the song “Arabella” from the album “AM.”

 

Taylor Bagley (2015-2018)

 


After Arielle, Alex Turner moved on with another American model, Taylor Bagley. Their relationship lasted from 2015 to 2018, and they even adopted a dog named Scooter, affectionately nicknamed Tootus, during that time.

The couple even got matching tattoos of each other’s names on their arms. However, following their separation in 2018, Taylor took a bold step: she added a gravestone and “RIP” above Alex’s name, adding a touch of bitterness to the once-loving gesture. Ouch!

 

Louise Verneuil (2018-present)

 


Alex Turner has kept his current relationship with French musician Louise Verneuil private since 2018. Louise has been seen supporting Alex Turner and the Arctic Monkeys during their “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino” tour, years ago. It’s believed she influenced his decision to spend time in France in 2020 and eventually relocate from Los Angeles. Currently, the couple reportedly splits their time between London and Paris.

 

See below for a selection of Arctic Monkeys songs inspired by Alex Turner’s past relationships

 

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