Joe Alwyn’s pseudonym on his girlfriend Taylor Swift’s albums is named after his great-grandfather.
The ‘Conversations With Friends’ star has two co-written tracks on his significant other’s ‘Folklore’ record and three on his follow-up album ‘Evermore’ under the alias William Bowery, and he chose the moniker because of his songwriter parent and that he’s a huge Bowery fan in the New York area.
He said: “It was a combination of William, my great-grandfather – who I actually never met – [who] was a composer.
“He wrote a lot of classical music and he wrote a lot of film scores. And then Bowery is the area of New York that I spent a lot of time in when I first went there. So, stick them together.”
Joe joked that the name he chose was “very classy” and could easily be mistaken for a character from legendary writer Dame Agatha Christie’s crime novels.
Speaking on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’, he added: “We chose to do this so that people, first and foremost, would listen to the music before dissecting the fact that we did it together.
“We did it as William Bowery, very classy. It looks like some sort of Agatha Christie character who should be wearing a monocle with a big mustache.”
Earlier this month, the 31-year-old admitted his collaborations with Taylor, 32, were “accidental”.
He said: ‘It really was the most accidental thing to happen during lockdown.
“It wasn’t like, ‘It’s three o’clock, time to write a song!’ It was just messing around on a piano and singing badly and being heard and then thinking, you know, ‘How about we try to end it together?’ “