Taylor Swift's New Album Title Has Fans Bringing Up Her Ex Joe Alwyn's Group Chat Name

Taylor Swift surprised the world with the announcement of a new album, titled 'The Tortured Poets Department' during a Grammy's acceptance speech.

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Welcome to The Tortured Poets Department.

Sunday, while picking up her 13th Grammy trophy, Taylor Swift surprised the audience in Los Angeles with word that she would be rolling out a new album in a matter of months. The follow-up to the Grammy-winning Midnights, which took home Best Pop Vocal Album at Sunday’s ceremony, will arrive on April 19.

Within minutes, fans had presented a theory connecting the new album's title with a Variety interview featuring Joe Alwyn and Paul Mescal from 2022. In the interview, part of the publication's Actors on Actors series, Alwyn and Mescal briefly mention being in a WhatsApp with fellow actor Andrew Scott.

“It’s the Tortured Man Club, I think. It’s me, you—and Andrew Scott started the group,” Alwyn said in the interview.

Joe Alwyn and Paul Mescal have a WhatsApp group with Andrew Scott called "The Tortured Man Club."

"It hasn't had much use recently," Alwyn says.
"I feel like we're less tortured now," Mescal quips. https://t.co/CSai4ScQpz pic.twitter.com/veCp1ZdFsD

— Variety (@Variety) December 15, 2022
Twitter: @Variety

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— angel (@swifttrono) February 5, 2024
Twitter: @swifttrono

FUN FACT: Joe Alwyn and Paul Mescal have a WhatsApp group called "The Tortured Man Club”#TaylorSwift #TheTorturedPoetsDepartment


— Taylor Swift Edits (@TSwiftEdits_13) February 5, 2024
Twitter: @TSwiftEdits_13

👀 Joe Alwyn’s chat with Paul Mescal and Andrew Scott was called “The Tortured Man Club”.

I CANNOT! pic.twitter.com/gxvi1Xd9Yy

— Taylor Swift & Harry Styles Updates (@haylorflorals) February 5, 2024
Twitter: @haylorflorals

Swift and Alwyn were romantically linked for about six years. During their time together, Alwyn also received credits on several Swift songs, including the Bon Iver collab "Exile."

Just after walking off the stage with her 13th Grammy on Sunday, Swift shared the new album’s cover art to Instagram. See it below.

Swift ended the night with Midnights winning Album of the Year, making her the first artist to ever win the award four times.

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