Andrew Scott addresses rumours that his group chat inspired the name of Taylor Swift’s latest album

Andrew Scott Pic: Brian McEvoy

Andrew Scott has addressed rumours that a group chat he shares with Joe Alwyn and Paul Mescal, inspired the name of Taylor Swift’s latest album.

And sorry to break it to you folks, but it looks as though we were all wrong.

The group chat in question which is named, the “Tortured Man Club” led many fans to believe Taylor’s latest album, “The Tortured Poets Department”, was named after the chat.

However, it seems as though it was just a weird coincidence!

Andrew Scott and Paul Mescal in ALL OF US STRANGERS. Photo by Parisa Taghizadeh, Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2023 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved.

Addressing the rumours with Variety in a new cover story, Andrew explained how the group got its name.

“Let me tell you what that is,” the Ripley star said.

“So [Alwyn and Mescal] were about to play these tortured characters, and I had played a tortured character in Fleabag.

“It wasn’t about our own characteristics,” Andrew clarified, adding that the chat is no longer active.

Conversations with Friends
Pic: Conversations with Friends/Instagram

“I think there were three texts, like, ‘Hey, guys.’ You know those groups that you set up, and they just collapse.”

Joe, who was dating Taylor at the time, was about to star in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel, Conversations with Friends, while Paul was preparing to take on his role in Charlotte Wells’ melancholic directorial debut, Aftersun.

So, there you have it!

Still, it was fun to imagine all the same…

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