Taylor Swift is opening up about her double life as “Nils Sjöberg.”
During their chat, Sir Paul and Taylor talked about writing under different pen names.
“I think, when a pseudonym comes in is when you still have a love for making the work and you don’t want the work to become overshadowed by this thing that’s been built around you, based on what people know about you. And that’s when it’s really fun to create fake names and write under them,” Taylor said, as Sir Paul asked if she’s ever done that.
“Oh, yeah,” she said.
“Oh, well, we didn’t know that! Is that a widely known fact?” he asked.
“I think it is now, but it wasn’t. I wrote under the name Nils Sjöberg because those are two of the most popular names of Swedish males. I wrote this song called ‘This Is What You Came For’ that Rihanna ended up singing. And nobody knew for a while. I remembered always hearing that when Prince wrote ‘Manic Monday,’ they didn’t reveal it for a couple of months,” she explained.
“Yeah, it also proves you can do something without the fame tag. I did something for Peter and Gordon; my girlfriend’s brother and his mate were in a band called Peter and Gordon. And I used to write under the name Bernard Webb,” Sir Paul said.