Did You Catch Idris Elba’s Surprise Cameo on Taylor Swift’s New Album?

Last night, Taylor Swift dropped her highly anticipated seventh studio album, Lover. While fans originally assumed that the 29-year-old singer’s boyfriend—Joe Alwyn—was the male voice featured in “London Boy,” they were highly mistaken.

In fact, the voiceover was taken from none other than Idris Elba, who stars alongside Swift in the upcoming film adaptation of Cats. Here’s what you need to know.

The beginning of “London Boy” features a male voice, saying, “We can go driving in, on my scooter / Uh, you know, just riding in London.”

Shortly after the new music dropped, Twitter immediately blew up with speculation about the mystery man’s identity. The majority of the predictions named Alwyn, who started dating Swift back in 2017 and has a sexy British accent—just like the Luther star.

However, the rumors were quickly debunked when it became clear that the snippet was taken from a March 2017 episode of The Late Show with James Corden, where Elba discussed his ideal date scenario. (Which—of course—includes scootering around London.)

“London Boy” is one of 18 (!!) tracks featured on Swift’s Lover album, including “I Forgot That You Existed,” “Cruel Summer,” “Lover,” “The Man,” “The Archer,” “I Think He Knows,” “Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince,” “Paper Rings,” “Cornelia Street,” “Death by a Thousand Cuts,” “Soon You’ll Get Better,” “False God,” “You Need to Calm Down,” “Afterglow,” “ME!,” “It’s Nice to Have a Friend” and “Daylight.”

There, there, Alwyn. There’s always next time.


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