10 times Taylor Swift seemingly sinks her pen into ex Joe Alwyn on ‘The Tortured Poets Department’

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One thing you can be sure of, she’ll have the last word.

Of course, Taylor Swift has a long history of writing about her exes on her albums — or so we think — from John Mayer and Jake Gyllenhaal to Joe Jonas and Harry Styles.

But it’s Joe Alwyn, the British actor who the singer dated from 2016 to 2023, who is the object of the 34-year-old pop superstar’s wicked wordplay for a good — or for him, not so good — part of “The Tortured Poets Department,” which dropped on Friday.

Photo by Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
Photo by Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
Swift seemingly penned “So Long, London” about her ex. GC Images
Swift seemingly penned “So Long, London” about her ex. GC Images

There’s even one song called “So Long, London” — a goodbye to the city where they once lived together. And just to show you how deep those Swift Easter eggs can be hidden, that track is 9 minutes and 28 seconds — which happens to line up with when the exes are rumored to have started dating on Sept. 28, 2016.

Alwyn is also rumored to figure in the album title, which seemingly puts a snarky spin on the name of a group chat, “The Tortured Man Club,” that he had with his fellow actors Paul Mescal and Andrew Scott.

Alwyn and Mescal, 28, opened up about their group chat during a 2022 interview with Variety. It was founded by Scott, 47.

“[Scott is] just on it every day. He’s just on it by himself,” Mescal told the outlet, with Alwyn joking that the “Fleabag” actor is “just messaging himself good mornings.”

In an interview with GQ UK, Alwyn added that the chat name was “a reflection on Connell and Nick.” Alwyn played the character Nick on “Conversations With Friends,” while Mescal played Connell on “Normal People.” Both TV series were adaptations from books written by Irish author Sally Rooney.

The exes dated from 2016 to 2023. GC Images
The exes dated from 2016 to 2023. GC Images

Swifties made the connection when she announced her 11th studio album during her acceptance speech at the 66th Grammy Awards for best pop vocal album, which she won for “Midnights.”

“I want to say thank you to the fans by telling you a secret that I’ve been keeping from you for the last two years, which is that my brand new album comes out April 19th,” she said in February. She later posted the “TTPD” black and white album cover on her Instagram.

“And so I enter into evidence / My tarnished coat of arms / My muses, acquired like bruises / My talismans and charms / The tick, tick, tick of love bombs / My veins of pitch black ink,” she wrote at the time. “All’s fair in love and poetry … Sincerely, The Chairman of The Tortured Poets Department.”

Alwyn has never publicly spoken about their romance post-split. In happier times, he collaborated with Swift on several tracks under the alias “William Bowery.” He’s listed as contributing to “Exile” and “Betty” on Folklore as well as “Champagne Problems,” “Coney Island” and “Evermore” on Evermore.

Swift announced her 11th studio album during the 66th Grammy Awards. Beth Garrabrant
Swift announced her 11th studio album during the 66th Grammy Awards. Beth Garrabrant

“There’s been a lot of discussion about William Bowery and his identity ’cause it’s not a real person,” Swift said about the song “Exile” during her Disney+ film Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions, which premiered in November 2020. “William Bowery is Joe, as we know.”

Swift has previously penned several love tracks about Alwyn too, including “Delicate,” “Gorgeous” and “Call It What You Want” from 2017’s “Reputation” and “London Boy” and “Lover” off her 2019 album “Lover.”

Here are 10 times that Swift seemingly sinks her pen into Alwyn on “The Tortured Poets Department.”

Swift has previously penned “Delicate,” “Gorgeous” and “Call It What You Want” about Alwyn.
Swift has previously penned “Delicate,” “Gorgeous” and “Call It What You Want” about Alwyn.

“So Long, London”

“Just how low did you think I’d go/ Before I’d self implode.”

“Every breath feels like the rarest air/ When you’re not sure if he wants to be there.”

“Holding tight to your quiet resentment/ And my friends said it isn’t right to be scared/ Every day of a love affair.”

“And you say I abandoned the ship/ But I was going with it/ My white knuckle dying grip.”

Joe Alwyn is also rumored to figure in the album title. Instagram/@taylorswift/Beth Garrabrant
Joe Alwyn is also rumored to figure in the album title. Instagram/@taylorswift/Beth Garrabrant

“But Daddy I Love Him”

“No, you can’t come to the wedding/ I know he’s crazy, but he’s The One.”

“I’m having his baby.”

“Undo the destiny.”

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“You said I’m the love of your life/ You s – – t-talked me under the table/ Talking rings and talking cradles/ I wish I could un-recall how we almost had it all.”

“The Manuscript”

“The only thing that’s left is the manuscript/ One last souvenir from my trip to your shores/ Now and then I re-read the manuscript/ But the story isn’t mine anymore.”

“Down Bad”

“F – – k it, I was in love/ So f – – k you if I can’t have us.”