Taylor Swift confirms boyfriend Joe Alwyn wrote songs for Folklore under pseudonym

Taylor Swift has confirmed the mysterious William Bowery is Joe Alwyn (Picture: Robert Kamau/GC Images)

Taylor Swift has revealed who her mystery collaborator on her Folklore album is, and it’s none other than her boyfriend Joe Alwyn.

Fans of the singer, 30, had had their suspicions about the writer who is credited as ‘William Bowery’ on her new album Folklore, on the track Betty as well as Exile with Bon Iver. 

Taylor finally confirmed William Bowery is actually Joe, explaining on her Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions Disney+ special: ‘There’s been a lot of discussion about William Bowery and his identity ’cause it’s not a real person.’

Fans had pretty much worked out that the pseudonym was Joe, given that he is the great-grandson of the composer William Alwyn and that he and Taylor made their first public appearance at the Bowery Hotel in 2016 for a Kings of Leon concert. 

She explained: ‘So, William Bowery is Joe, as we know. And Joe plays piano beautifully, and he’s just always playing and making things up and kind of creating things… 

‘Exile was crazy because Joe had written that entire piano part and was singing the Bon Iver part. He was just singing it, the way that the whole first verse is. 

‘So I was entranced and asked if we could keep writing that one. It was pretty obvious that it should be a duet because he’s got such a low voice and it sounded really good sung down there in that register.’

Taylor also revealed that Betty ended up being created after she heard Joe, 29, singing in the shower and realised he had a hidden talent she never knew about. 

Taylor discovered Joe’s hidden talent for songwriting (Picture: Jackson Lee/GC Images)

She added: ‘I just heard Joe singing the entire fully formed chorus of Betty from another room and it was just like, “Hello”. 

‘It was a step that we would have never taken because why would we have ever written a song together?

‘So this was the first time we had a conversation where I came in and was like “Hey, this could be really weird and we could hate this, so because we’re in quarantine and there’s nothing else going on, could we just try and see what it’s like if we write this song together?”’

Sounds like she’s got a new writing partner for life, then. 

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