Swifties aren’t convinced that Taylor Swift’s boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, is William Bowery, the author occasionally credited in her songs. It all started with their album Folklore when fans noticed that a certain William Bowery is credited to not one, but two separate tracks. There were many theories as to who it was, with some speculating that it could be Lorde, Florence Welch, Joni Mitchell, BTS member RM, or even her brother Austin Swift. But an overwhelming majority of fans have convinced themselves that it’s not one of those artists, it’s Alwyn himself!
Swift finally set the record once and for all during her Disney+ concert film Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions. Being no stranger to pseudonyms herself (she’s used Nils Sjöberg in the past), the “Cardigan” singer has confirmed that William Bowery is in fact her lover. “There’s been a lot of debate about William Bowery and his identity because … he’s not a real person,” she admitted to E! News. “Well, William Bowery is Joe…as we know.” She added that Alwyn “plays the piano beautifully and is always playing and inventing things and creating things,” so she didn’t hesitate to collaborate with him on her record.
But now that Midnights has come out, the discourse surrounding William Bowery’s identity is alive and kicking again, as some fans think Swift lied to everyone about who the anonymous author really is.
Swifties don’t believe William Bowery is Joe Alwyn
Although Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn have already revealed that William Bowery is Alwyn’s pseudonym, there are still fans who think the couple isn’t 100% honest. On their latest album, Midnights, William Bowery is mentioned again, leaving fans scratching their heads as to why Alwyn would continue to use his songwriting alias.
“Why is she still using the name William Bowery when she said it’s Joe,” asked one fan. Another fan provided stronger evidence, stressing that William Bowery is listed in a public catalog as an American citizen. As we all know, Alwyn is British. And then there’s one fan who pointed out that both Alwyn and Bowery have been mentioned in songs on Spotify. “The main evidence to me that Joe can’t be William is that they are BOTH called exile and Betty but for different things,” they wrote. It also doesn’t help that Swift thanked “William Bowery” in a tweet — not Alwyn — her boyfriend of over five years.
Alwyn previously addressed the main reason he chose to use a pseudonym in the first place. “We made that decision so that people would hear the music first and foremost first, before dissecting the fact that we did it together,” he said during an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show in May. “We did it under the name William Bowery… Very chic. It sounds like some sort of Agatha Christie character who should be wearing a monocle with a big mustache.”