It’s no secret Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift have been friends for years, but what is a secret right now is whether or not the two are working on a new collaboration. On Wednesday (February 2), the “Bad Habits” singer posted a cryptic Instagram tease that has fans confident in Taylor’s involvement.
“Signing some cds for something coming in a bit, keep an eye out,” Sheeran wrote, captioning a photo of autographed CDs featuring a playing card that’s one half joker and one half blonde queen that looks suspiciously like Swift.
In the comments, fans of both musicians went wild at the thought that the two will be releasing a duet version of “The Joker and the Queen” off Sheeran’s latest album, = (Equals). “JOKER AND THE QUEEN REMIX WITH TAYLOR SO TRUE,” one fan wrote, while another asked, “Taylor’s collab finally????? 😍”
Listen to “The Joker and the Queen” below:
According to fans, the post hints that the remix is on its way, as multiple references to Swift were previously made in Sheeran’s video for “Overpass Graffiti” — there’s a patch with “Taylor Swift” stitched on the back of his leather jacket, which happened to be emblazoned with a joker’s face. Her name also pops up in a fake newspaper article whose headline reads “WHERE IS ED?”
GUYS. TAYLOR SWIFT AND ED SHEERAN PERHAPS ?????? pic.twitter.com/wuGg3Ov2so— ♪ eloise ♫ | 14 days til wolf alice! (@SWlFTHAIM) February 2, 2022
On the Swifties side of things, they believe Taylor has been dropping some Easter eggs of her own lately, including the subtle equal sign she carved into the cake in her “I Bet You Think About Me” music video, to the deck of Red (Taylor’s Version) playing cards she recently sold on her website.
This wouldn’t be the first time the duo has collaborated together — from 2012’s “Everything Has Changed,” 2017’s “End Game” to the recent Red (Taylor’s Version) vault track “Run.”