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Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift Prove ‘Everything Has Changed’ With ‘The Joker and the Queen’ Sequel

Sheeran and Swift continue the story of “Everything Has Changed” — with the same lookalike actors — nearly 10 years later

Well, “Everything Has Changed,” indeed. On Thursday, Ed Sheeran released the Taylor Swift-featuring remix for “The Joker and the Queen” — and its music video continues the storyline of the pop icons’ first collab. (Warning: you might cry.)

The 2013 video for “Everything Has Changed,” a track from Swift’s 2012 album Red, follows Sheeran and Swift’s imaginary children (who look very much like the singers) as they fall in love in elementary school. Nearly 10 years later, the same actors reprise their roles — this time as college students at different schools as they imagine a life together as they begin adulthood.

“And I know you could fall for a thousand kings/And hearts that would give you a diamond ring,” Sheeran sings on the chorus. “When I fold, you see the best in me/The joker and the queen.”

In the video, the young couple reminisce about their childhoods as they go through college life. By the end of the clip, the pair finally reunites in their hometown, where they originally met.

The song, which originally appeared on Sheeran’s 2021 album =, marks the fourth collaboration between the pop powerhouses. “Me and Taylor first met and wrote + recorded our first song together in 2012, ten years ago now, I’m so so honored to have her on this song,” Sheeran tweeted after the video premiered. “Not only is she the best singer/songwriter in the world but she’s also a very close friend, I’m very lucky to have her in my life.”

“The Joker And the Queen featuring my good friend @taylorswift is out this Friday,” Sheeran wrote on Instagram Wednesday, sharing a 30-second preview of Swift on the duet. The “Shape Of You” singer previously confirmed a song with Swift was on the way in a red carpet interview with LADBible at the Brits on Tuesday, sending fans into a frenzy. (“It comes out Friday and it’s with Taylor Swift,” he said.)

Last week, Swifties and Sheeran stans were quick to notice that Swift might be joining the singer for a remix of the track after he shared a photo of a CD booklet showing a blonde woman bearing an eerie resemblance to Swift on a playing card. “Signing some CDs for something coming in a bit, keep an eye out,” Sheeran captioned the photo as fans went nuts in the comments. 

The pop icons and longtime friends have collaborated several times in the past. In addition to “Everything Has Changed,” Sheeran was featured on the previously unreleased track “Run” from Red (Taylor’s Version). Swift also teamed up with Sheeran and Future for “End Game” on her 2017 album, Reputation.


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