Joe Alwyn Said Spending Quarantine With Taylor Swift ‘Was Actually Quite Nice’

Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn have been dating since 2016, and the two are notoriously private when it comes to their relationship. Still, fans do know that Swift and Alwyn were quarantined together for the first few months of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in 2020. In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Alwyn called spending the time in the U.S. with Swift “quite nice.”

Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn walking together in 2019
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What Joe Alwyn thought about spending quarantine with Taylor Swift

In May, Alwyn’s new TV series Conversations with Friends is set to premiere on Hulu. The series stars Alwyn, Alison Oliver, Sasha Lane, and Jemima Kirke and is based on a 2017 novel of the same name by Sally Rooney.

As promotion for the upcoming TV series, Alwyn has participated in numerous interviews, including one for The Wall Street Journal.

The interview with The Wall Street Journal revealed that filming for Conversations with Friends was delayed because of the coronavirus. As a result, The Wall Street Journal reports that Alwyn spent “five months in 2020 hunkered down in Los Angeles” with Swift.

Alwyn, who was born and raised in England, told The Wall Street Journal, “It was actually quite nice because you guys have sun.”

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Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn co-wrote songs together

Speaking with The Wall Street Journal, Alwyn briefly touched on what it was like not being able to work on acting during the beginning of the pandemic, saying, “It was a weird, weird time.”

In July 2020, Swift released her eighth studio album folklore. When the album was initially released, a mysterious songwriter named William Bowery was credited with co-writing the songs “exile” and “betty.” Swift later confirmed that Alwyn is Bowery.

The Wall Street Journal goes into detail about how Alwyn came up with the pseudonym, writing:

“Alwyn appears as a writer in the album credits as William Bowery, a pseudonym he says he pulled out in a ‘pretty off-the-cuff’ manner. William was a tribute to his great-grandfather, William Alwyn, a musical composer he never met. And Bowery was for the downtown New York area where he spent a lot of time when he first came to the U.S.”

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Joe Alwyn is a Grammy Award winner

When folklore was initially released, Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner were credited as co-writers and co-producers. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver had a co-writing credit for the song “exile” which features him, and Bowery was credited with co-writing “exile” and “betty.”

Swift’s folklore went on to win Album of the Year at the 2021 Grammy Awards. After folklore won Album of the Year, Alwyn was credited with co-producing the songs “exile,” “betty,” “my tears ricochet,” “august,” “this is me trying,” and “illicit affairs.”

According to Billboard, the Recording Academy then “belatedly awarded” the Album of the Year award to Alwyn.

Alwyn also co-wrote the songs “champagne problems,” “coney island,” and “evermore” on Swift’s 2020 album evermore.

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