Joe Alwyn Discusses Taylor Swift’s Grammy Win

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 7: Actor Joe Alwyn attends the Tom Ford AW20 Show at Milk Studios on February 7, 2020 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/FilmMagic)

The always-private Joe Alwyn opened up about what it was like to win a Grammy with Taylor Swift, and his response was surprisingly candid. In a recent interview with The Guardian, the “Conversations With Friends” actor revealed that getting a Grammy for his contributions to Swift’s “Folklore” album was a “surreal lockdown bonus.” While the 31-year-old rarely talks about her relationship with one of the world’s most famous pop stars, it seems he’s not averse to sharing a little insight into her creative process.

According to Alwyn, her contributions to “Folklore,” which included co-writing “Betty” and “exile” using the William Bowery pseudonym, were an organic part of the pair having more time off during the 2020 lockdown. “It wasn’t like, ‘It’s five o’clock, it’s time to try to write a song together,'” he told The Guardian. “It came from messing around on the piano and singing badly, then being heard and saying, ‘Let’s see what happens if we get to the end together.’ I mean, fun is such a stupid word, but it was so much fun. And it was never a work thing, or a ‘Let’s try to do this because we’re going to turn this off’ thing. It was like baking sourdough in lockdown.”

The main difference is that instead of making bread, the pair ended up with a Grammy Award-winning album on their hands. Swift previously discussed collaborating with Alwyn on her Disney+ special, “Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions.” While Alwyn downplays her contributions in her interview, Swift is quick to praise her boyfriend for helping her bring “Folklore” to life.

In the special, he tells his other “Folklore” collaborators Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner of the National that the actor “plays the piano beautifully, and he’s always playing and inventing things and creating things.” That includes the piano part of “Exile”. Also, she credits him for coming up with the chorus for “Betty”, which led to them collaborating on the rest of the song. “I just heard Joe singing the full chorus of ‘Betty’ from another room. And I was like, ‘Hi,'” she said on the special. “It was a step I never would have taken, because why would we have written a song together?”

Thanks to Alwyn’s penchant for singing around the house, “Betty” became a reality, and he and Swift became collaborators and romantic partners. But while they’ve finally started opening up about working together, don’t expect them to share information about their private lives any time soon. As Alwyn told The Guardian of his relationship with Swift, “It’s just not for other people. And I don’t mean that aggressively.”

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