Taylor Swift Reveals Boyfriend Joe Alwyn Co-Wrote Two Songs on ‘Folklore’

From dominating award shows, to re-recording her old songs, to even releasing a new film with Disney+, Taylor Swift has been in the media spotlight left and right recently!

The new film titled “Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions,” offers a behind-the-scenes look of her songs on the album “Folklore.” In this music special Taylor performs all 17 tracks from the album and explains the story behind each song.

However, the attention is not so much on the songs themselves, but more importantly who was revealed to have written some of them!

Who Is “William Bowery”

In this music filled film Taylor reveals that “William Bowery”, who is credited with writing the songs “Exile” and “Betty,” is actually Taylor’s boyfriend, Joe Alwyn!

Taylor unveils this mystery information to fans during the film in a conversation with her other co-writers and co-producers on the album, Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff.

“There’s been a lot of discussion about William Bowery and his identity. He’s not a real person,” Swift shares. “William Bowery is Joe, as we know. And Joe, Joe plays piano beautifully, and he’s always just playing and making things up and kind of creating things.”

How This Creative Partnership Began

Taylor went on to explain that the creative partnership between her and her beau formed almost organically during quarantine.

“I just heard Joe singing the entire, fully formed chorus of ‘Betty’ from another room. And I just was like, ‘Hello,’ “It was a step that we would never have taken because why would we have ever written a song together? This was the first time we had a conversation where I came in and I was like, ‘Hey, this could be really weird and we could hate this, so could we just, because we’re in quarantine and there’s nothing else going on, could we just try to see what it’s like if we write this song together?,’” said Swift.

Taylor continued to reveal that she liked the way Alwyn gave a male perspective to the song and that it helped craft the meaning and perspective behind the song.

“He was singing the chorus of it and I thought it sounded really good from a man’s voice, from a masculine perspective,” Swift shared. “I really liked that it seemed to be an apology… We decided to make it from a teenage boy’s perspective, apologizing after he loses the love of his life because he’s been foolish.”

Although the song “Betty” tells of a broken relationship, Taylor and Joe’s love story is anything but! These two not only make an adorable couple but incredible creative partners! 

Fans of Swift can now stream this new film on Disney+ as of today!

What is your favorite track on the “Folklore” album? Drop a comment below and let us know!

Be sure to check out our latest article on Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions” for more information on this new film!

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