By Lisa Respers France, CNN
According to Joe Alwyn, he didn’t want to create the melody and first verse of “Exile” on his girlfriend Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” album.
At least that’s what he told GQ magazine.
“It really was the most accidental thing that happened during lockdown,” he told the publication. “It wasn’t like, ‘It’s three o’clock, time to write a song!’ It was just messing around on a piano and singing badly and being heard and then thinking, you know, what if we try to end it together?”
Under the pseudonym William Bowery, Alwyn received two co-writing credits on “Folklore” and three on the follow-up album to it, “Evermore”.
The couple kept it a secret, he said, because “the idea was that people would just listen to the music rather than focus on the fact that we wrote it together.”
But the word got out – and the couple, who are known to be very private in their relationship, ended up winning Grammys thanks to their collaboration.
He doesn’t mind talking about the music, but of course he’s not willing to discuss his relationship with Swift.
Alwyn, whose TV series “Conversations with Friends” airs this month, knows his rep for playing things near the vest.
“I’m sure I’ve felt like I’ve been reserved in the past,” he said. “And it’s a mix between me being British and having a private life. But I don’t want to go into those things under surveillance.
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