Joe Alwyn Opened Up About Writing Music With Girlfriend Taylor Swift

Here's what it was like working on those Folklore and Evermore collabs!


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Back in 2020, Taylor Swift shocked and delighted basically the whole world, when she spontaneously released a new album, Folklore. And then decided to do it all over again just a few months later with the surprise release of Evermore.

While two spontaneous album drops in just one year thrilled fans, it was her collaborator William Bowery, who co-wrote and co-produced the albums, that captured their attention. Taylor hadn’t worked with him before and there wasn’t a trace of him online. Needless to say everyone was pretty confused until it was revealed that William Bowery was actually Tay’s boyfriend Joe Alwyn.

And now, we’re finally getting the details about what it was like for the private couple to work together. Speaking to The Guardian, Joe actually opened up writing music with her, explaining it was a very relaxed process.

Saying, “It wasn’t like, ‘It’s five o’clock, it’s time to try and write a song together.”

“It came about from messing around on a piano, and singing badly, then being overheard, and being, like, ‘Let’s see what happens if we get to the end of it together.’”

And while most of us would find writing music with the master that is Taylor Swift a little nerve wracking, Joe really enjoyed the experience as it was more of a lockdown hobby than a business venture.

As he explained, “I mean fun is such a stupid word, but it was a lot of fun. And it was never a work thing, or a ‘Let’s try and do this because we’re going to put this out’ thing. It was just like baking sourdough in lockdown.”

Of course most people’s lockdown hobbies didn’t earn them a Grammy, which their work on Folklore did. But for the actor it was just a perk, “The Grammy was obviously this ridiculous bonus.”

While Joe and Taylor’s collaboration shocked fans, it shouldn’t have as he has been involved in music for quite a while.

Saying, “I like music, and I played a bit of guitar awfully in a school band when I was 12.”

“I can play piano pretty badly, but never with the intent of, ‘Right, it’s time for my jazz-fusion album.'”


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While it’s unknown if Joe will work on more music with Taylor, we do know that he will keep on acting. His latest role is playing the leading man, Nick, in the TV adaption of Sally Rooney’s novel, Conversations with Friends.

Fans have been waiting quite a while for the adaption but the end is nearly in sight as the show finally has a start date. Conversations With Friends will be premiering on RTÉ One and the RTÉ Player on Wednesday the 18th of May at 9.35pm.

The 12 episode series was directed by Lenny Abrahamson, who also directed hit series Normal People, based on another Sally Rooney novel, which had viewers talking back in 2020.

The story follows Frances, a 21-year-old college student, as she navigates a series of relationships, including an affair with married man Nick, that force her to confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time.



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