Taylor Swift's Boyfriend Joe Alwyn Isn't Featured On 'Lover,' But Idris Elba Is

Twitter users celebrated the launch of Taylor Swift's album Lover on Friday morning, and some assumed they got a personal look into Swift's love life, past the lyrics. More than a handful of Swifties commented on Joe Alwyn's involvement in the album, specifically an introduction on the song 'London Boy,' but it turns out that it's not him. It's Idris Elba.

The eleventh track on the album, which is Swift's ode to London, begins with a talking track by a male voice. "We go driving in, on my scooter, you know, just riding along," the voice says. An upbeat, synthetic keyboard follows it.

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In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Presenters Taylor Swift and Idris Elba speak onstage during the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 06, 2019, in Beverly Hills, California. Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal/Getty

Swift and Alwyn have been in a super-private relationship, that has no confirmed start date. Fans assume the pair met sometime in 2016, according to Cosmopolitan. Because of the private air around their coupling, some fans rejoiced at the thought of hearing his voice on a Swift track.

The voice at the beginning of London Boy anwvfajwiwgqmsksjw is that Joe? Nwhagwnn

— 💗ARANZA💗 (@aadelamaza) August 23, 2019

omg ok is that joe alwyn at the start of London Boy ?????????

— 𝓛𝓸𝓿𝓮, 𝘧𝘭𝘦𝘶𝘳 (@itsFleurless) August 23, 2019


— Pastel de Rachel 🇧🇷🏴 #Folklore (@Raquel_Moriconi) August 23, 2019

Others were quick to pick up on the fact that Elba is the featured voice at the start of the song, which is a direct sample from an Elba interview with James Cordon in March 2017, according to CNN. Though the sample was not Alwyn speaking, those who realized Elba's involvement didn't seem to mind. In fact, they appreciated the Easter Egg from Swift's upcoming Cats costar.

Taylor Swift is going to give Idris Elba a Grammy

— Yoshi's Publicist (@StaticJungle) August 23, 2019

I can’t believe idris elba is on the album, I love it

— 𝐑𝐚𝐜𝐡☽ (@soitgxes_) August 23, 2019

the one thing I keep thinking about is the fact that I never once thought I’d hear idris elba on a taylor swift song

— 𝓈𝑜𝓅𝒽𝒾𝑒 (@taylorsalycia) August 23, 2019

The track, "London Boy," is one of the most-spoken-about off Swift's Lover, not because of Elba's involvement, but because of its talk about London. Some Londoners aren't convinced Swift's story is accurate, according to Twitter, because in it, she speaks of traveling from Shoreditch to Brixton to Highgate. Some don't believe that any human would willingly travel between them in one day.

Taylor Swift's "London Boy' is super-nice, but the idea of doing Shoreditch in the afternoon, Brixton in the evening and then back to Highgate is giving me major London Underground anxiety #TaylorSwift #Lover pic.twitter.com/0WHoi9R59R

— Neil Studd (@dustlined) August 23, 2019

If Taylor Swift’s London song wanted to be truly authentic, she’d moan about having to get from Brixton to Shoreditch and then say ‘sorry, City Mapper says it’s going to take 79 minutes’

— Jessie Thompson (@jessiecath) August 23, 2019

The rest of Swift's Lover is receiving praise from fans, who are comparing it to the artist's 2014 album release, 1989. The album is a fan favorite for its upbeat atmosphere and full dive into pop music after Swift's country upbringing. The comparison skips Swift's 2017 album, Reputation, which spun Swift into hip-hop beats of redemption after public ridicule from her feud with Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West.