All the References to Joe Alwyn in Taylor Swift's New Video
Is Taylor Swift’s new album, Reputation, all about her relationship with Joe Alwyn? If this were a Magic 8-Ball, we’d say “ask again later,” but one thing is clear: Swift’s new video for “…Ready For It?” is loaded with references to the Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk star. Ahead, some of the Alwyn Easter Eggs fans might have missed in “…Ready For It?”
"Younger than my exes but he act like such a man, so..."
Back in September, after “…Ready For It?” debuted, the above lyric was singled out as a sure sign the song was, in part, about Alwyn. The actor, 26, is younger than Swift, 27, and her most recent beaus (Calvin Harris, 33; Tom Hiddleston, 36). Swift wastes little time underlining that point for the “…Ready For It?” video, appearing alongside “89 91” graffiti in the clip’s early stages. Swift, of course, was born in 1989. Alwyn, yep, arrived in 1991.
Not a reference to Alwyn, but a signal to pay attention to the graffiti on the walls. Swift’s lucky number is “13” and it appeared frequently in her video for “Look What You Made Me Do.” Consider this a cipher that unlocks what’s to come.
This Is Us
Among the spray-painted phrases on the walls of this alley: “All eyes on us” and “This is enough.” Romantic messages from Swift to Alwyn?
What's in a name?
There are Chinese symbols sprinkled throughout the “…Ready For It?” video (including the symbol for the “Year of the Snake,” which is Swift’s birth year and seemingly her favorite creature to reference around the Reputation release). The symbol above, however, is used to spell out “Joseph” — which could be a reference to Alwyn or the video’s director, Joseph Kahn.
The third song Swift released off Reputation, “Gorgeous,” is seemingly another ode to Alwyn with lyrics that could reference the first time the pair met. So that the graffiti spelling out “Ur gorgeous” would pop up in the “…Ready For It?” video, which is loaded with visual cues related to the young actor, is no real surprise.
Joe Alwyn’s birthday is Feb. 21… the same number Swift types into the keypad.
All of these references occur within the first minute of the video, but if there was any doubt who Swift is talking about in “…Ready For It?” let that final bit of graffiti put things in focus. To her left, the name “Joseph” is spray-painted on the wall with a halo drawn on top. Yes, it could be another cheeky reference to Joseph Kahn. But are you ready to believe that?
Watch the video for Swift’s “…Ready For It?” right here.