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Unraveling the “Argylle” Conspiracy: Taylor Swift’s Alleged Authorship Debunked


In the realm of entertainment, rumors and speculations often run rampant, fueling fan theories and sparking debates. One such theory that gained traction in recent months involved the popular singer-songwriter Taylor Swift and her supposed involvement in the creation of the novel “Argylle.” This article delves into the details of this conspiracy theory, exploring the evidence presented by fans and addressing the official statements made by the film’s director, Matthew Vaughn.

The “Argylle” Conspiracy Theory

The theory that Taylor Swift wrote the novel “Argylle” emerged in October 2023 and quickly gained momentum among her dedicated fan base. The novel, written under the pseudonym Elly Conway, is set to be adapted into a film starring Dua Lipa and Henry Cavill. The film’s tagline, “Once you know the secret, don’t let the cat out of the bag,” further fueled the speculation, given Swift’s well-known affinity for cats.

Matthew Vaughn’s Statement

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Matthew Vaughn, the director of “Argylle,” addressed the rumors head-on, categorically denying Swift’s involvement in writing the novel. He expressed amusement at the elaborate theories circulating online, acknowledging the fans’ attention to detail but firmly stating that Swift had no role in the book’s creation.

Swift’s History of Pseudonyms and Ghostwriting

One of the factors contributing to the conspiracy theory was Swift’s history of using pseudonyms and engaging in ghostwriting. She has previously used the pseudonym Nils Sj√∂berg when co-writing “This Is What You Came For” with Calvin Harris, and Joe Alwyn, her boyfriend, was credited under the alias William Bowery for tracks on her albums “Folklore” and “Evermore.”

Similarities Between the Novel and Swift’s Personal Life

Fans pointed to several similarities between the novel and Swift’s personal life, further fueling the theory. The poster for the film features a cat that resembles Swift’s cat, Olivia Benson, and Swift has been known to wear sweaters with an argyle pattern. Additionally, the character of Elly Conway, the author of the novel, has red hair, similar to Swift’s appearance at the end of her short film “All Too Well.”

Swift’s Busy Schedule in 2023

Despite the compelling evidence presented by fans, many also acknowledged that Swift’s hectic schedule in 2023 made it unlikely that she would have had the time to write the novel. She released two rerecorded albums, embarked on her international “Eras Tour,” and made high-profile appearances at Kansas City Chiefs games to support her boyfriend, Travis Kelce.

The Identity of Elly Conway

While the novel is attributed to Elly Conway, very little information is available about the author. Her biography on the Penguin Random House website states that she was raised in upstate New York and wrote the novel while working as a waitress in a late-night diner. The anonymous author maintains an active Instagram account, with her first post coinciding with Swift’s 33rd birthday on December 13, 2022, further fueling the conspiracy theory.

Vaughn’s Confirmation of a Real Book and Author

Despite the persistent rumors, Vaughn reiterated that there is a real Elly Conway who wrote the novel and that Swift had no involvement in its creation. He emphasized that he wanted to avoid being associated with those trying to capitalize on Swift’s popularity and that the focus should be on the book’s quality and the upcoming film adaptation.

Swift’s Influence on the Film

While Swift may not have had a direct hand in writing the novel, Vaughn revealed that she indirectly influenced the film’s production. Her love for cats inspired the Vaughn family to get a Scottish Fold cat named Chip, who appears in the film. This connection, however, is the extent of Swift’s involvement in the “Argylle” project.


The conspiracy theory that Taylor Swift wrote the novel “Argylle” has been thoroughly debunked by the film’s director, Matthew Vaughn. While the evidence presented by fans was intriguing, it lacked concrete proof. The director’s confirmation of a real author and his desire to focus on the merits of the book and film adaptation put an end to the speculation. The “Argylle” project stands on its own, without any secret involvement from Taylor Swift.