Lover by Taylor Swift

While fans have been speculating as to who the songs on Taylor Swift’s new album Lover are inspired by, there’s one man whose influence requires no debate.

The unmistakable voice of Idris Elba opens her track “London Boy.” “We can go driving in, on my scooter. Uh, you know, just riding in London,” the actor says at the start of the bop.

Idris Elba and Taylor Swift
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The soundbite was actually taken from Elba’s 2017 interview with James Corden on The Late Late Show, in which Elba shared his idea of the perfect date as he offered fans the chance to win a night out with him via the online sweepstakes platform Omaze.

The song isn’t Swift’s only connection to Elba. The two both star in the upcoming screen adaptation of the musical Cats, which hits theaters later this year.

The 27-year-old unveiled her seventh studio album on Friday, featuring songs like “Paper Rings” and “Afterglow.” Listen to “London Boy” below.

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