Taylor Swift Fans Think She Confirmed Joe Alwyn Cheated on 'The Tortured Poets Department'

Others disagree.

Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn
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Taylor Swift has finally dropped The Tortured Poets Department, following weeks of toying with our emotions and dropping mysterious hint after mysterious hint.

Now that the songs we were expecting and the surprise extra songs on the "Anthology" version of the album have dropped, of course it's now time for the analyzing and the conspiracy theorizing to begin re: all the lyrics on the album.

Chief among the fan theories is the narrative that Joe Alwyn potentially cheated on Swift at some point in their six-year relationship.

I would like to take this moment to caveat that nobody has confirmed this to be true, and that we're all just working with the hints we have—meaning any conclusions you come to should be taken with a grain of salt.

One "clue" that there was infidelity between Alwyn and Swift is the song "Fortnight" with Post Malone, on which the popstar sings the line, "My husband is cheating, I wanna kill him."

The rest of the song sounds like it could be referring to Swift's brief situationship with Matty Healy after the breakup, but other words in the song, such as "your wife waters flowers," don't really make sense in reference to Healy. It's important to note here that Swift's lyrics are usually focused on storytelling, and don't necessarily outline exact events that have transpired in her life.


"So Joe definitely cheated on her, right?" said another.

"yeah joe definitely cheated on taylor and nothing can change my mind. so long london said it all," commented someone else.

I personally don't see how "So Long London" could refer to cheating, but the lyrics are here if you want to go down that rabbit hole.

Meanwhile, before we skate over the word "husband in "Fortnight," another fan tweeted, "SO TAYLOR JUST CONFIRMED HER AND JOE WERE MARRIED AND HE CHEATED?!?!?!?"

Throughout their relationship, rumors that Swift and Alwyn had gotten engaged and/or married kept popping up every few months. However, Swift's publicist Tree Paine once strongly denied these allegations.

As for the cheating thing, fans thought that during a February show, Swift "confirmed" that Alwyn had been unfaithful via a song mashup. Again, this could very well be a strong reach and have absolutely no basis in reality. Thanks for listening!

Iris Goldsztajn
Morning Editor

Iris Goldsztajn is a London-based journalist, editor and author. She is the morning editor at Marie Claire, and her work has appeared in the likes of British Vogue, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, Refinery29 and SELF. Iris writes about everything from celebrity news and relationship advice to the pitfalls of diet culture and the joys of exercise. She has many opinions on Harry Styles, and can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.