She did it again! Taylor Swift‘s new song “Lover” is dreamy, romantic and fans think it’s full of Easter eggs about her current boyfriend, Joe Alwyn. The pop star is truly the queen of clues and is known for dropping subtle hints all over her lyrics, album art and music videos. If this song is about The Favourite actor, we are deceased over how completely head-over-heels in love she seems to be.
In the second verse, the 29-year-old beauty sings, “I’ve loved you three summers now, honey, but I want ’em all.” The actor and Tay met back in 2016 and if you’re bad at math, that’s THREE years, people.
“i’ve loved you 3 summers now honey, but i want them all” -taylor swift #Lover
joe really gave her the HAPPINESS she deserves ..such a beautiful song pic.twitter.com/0pptwhlYXh
— ken (fan acc) (@capstevns) August 16, 2019
TAYLOR HAS LOVED HER LOVER FOR 3 SUMMERS = 3 YEARS
— Sthephannye 🏹 (@ItsSthephannye) August 16, 2019
Although she speaks about her personal life through her music, the past few years have been very different for Taylor since she was “canceled” by fans after her feud with Kim Kardashian. “I realized I needed to restructure my life because it felt completely out of control,” she said during an interview with Vogue in August. “I knew immediately I needed to make music about it because I knew it was the only way I could survive it. It was the only way I could preserve my mental health and also tell the story of what it’s like to go through something so humiliating.” It seems like taking a hiatus from the spotlight and keeping her romantic interests even more private was a step toward the songstress’ new lifestyle.
A Nod to His Home Country
In the lyric video, a British flag within a heart appears on the makeshift movie screen with a projector playing on it. Joe is from North London so this seems to be a not-so-subtle reference to the stud. Taylor is pretty open about her love for the U.K. and even spent a few months filming the movie Cats there.
— ts7🎄🦋🐣😎💕 (@lemon_ann13) August 16, 2019
— The Taylor Era ✖️🦋🏹💗 (@TheTaylorEra13) August 16, 2019
Look Closely at the Captions
This one is up for a bit more of interpretation. The first line of the song reads: “We could leave the Christmas lights up ’til January.” There are two posts on Joe’s Instagram — one from late December and another from January — where the caption is simple evergreen trees.
— 🌴🦋ᒍᗩᗰIE! 🦋🌴 (@jamieek10) August 16, 2019
Does Taylor keep that close of an eye on the Boy Erased star’s social media? Our queen is pretty detail-oriented so we wouldn’t put it past her.
What Does This Mean?!
Of course, the big theory floating around is that Joe and Taylor are either engaged, planning a wedding or already married. A particularly captivating verse reads: “Ladies and gentlemen, will you please stand?/With every guitar string scar on my hand/I take this magnetic force of a man to be my lover/My heart’s been borrowed and yours has been blue/All’s well that ends well to end up with you.”
— ilo 🏹 (@stateofarcc) August 16, 2019
What if the Lover music video is actually Taylor’s Wedding and she married Joe on July 13 #LoverAtMidnight
— CharLOVER 🇲🇽 (@divebarguy) August 16, 2019
It sounds a lot like two people joining in the dreamiest of holy matrimony. Something “borrowed” and something “blue” are particularly obvious wedding innuendo. Time will tell if the two ~lovers~ ever decide to tie the knot and we are having a blast trying to decode any breadcrumbs.
In the meantime, let’s enjoy this new incredible jam.