Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor squash the 'I burn for you' debate

It wasn't actually Regé-Jean Page who said the now-famous line

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Our favorite on-screen couple Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor have set the record straight over who actually said the iconic "I burn for you" line — and it's not Regé-Jean's character Simon.

Netflix's hit period drama Bridgerton was projected to be viewed by 63 million households within its first 28 days on the streaming service and it made stars of its lead actors. But some of us are still getting one of the series' most famous lines slightly wrong. 

Many people are convinced Regé-Jean said the line "I burn for you", during a much-talked-about sex scene. Whereas in fact the line was delivered by his costar, Phoebe. In response, the actor told Variety the false attribute has now created a “Mandela Effect,” which is when a large group misremembers something collectively.

“No! This is an injustice that needs to be put right,” he told the outlet. “No one’s asked me about this. I do not say, ‘I burn for you.’ It’s not my line! That’s Daphne’s line.”

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If you go back to the fifth episode of the series, you will see Phoebe's character, Daphne saying the famous line to Simon as they declare their love for one another. It's possible confusion may have crept in because of the line Simon says right before Daphne's big moment.  

"When one burns for someone who doesn’t feel the same,” says the Duke, prompting Daphne to say she "burns" for him.

We know this info may be just as shocking as learning who Bridgerton's Lady Whistledown is, but here's the exact scene below for further proof.

Phoebe on the other hand knew that the line would be a pivotal moment in the series after reading the script. 

“I remember reading it and thinking, ‘Wow this is the big one’ because not only is it the performances but the journey that we go from fighting and not being friends to the total other end of the spectrum,” she said.

As impactful as the line has become, both actors were still surprised over how strong most of us reacted towards it.

“You have no idea what lines people are going to care about,” Phoebe told Variety as she described preparing for the wedding night scene. “That was surprising to me. It wasn’t like I saw ‘I burn for you’ in the script and was like, ‘This is what people are going to talk about.'”

It had such a resounding reaction, that some of us fans even created clothing and accessories featuring the line "I burn for you."


Bridgerton I Burn For You Candle, $11/£8.12

Bring a Bridgerton-inspired scent into your home with a candle that aims to provide an "I burn for you" atmosphere to almost any room.


Bridgerton Shirt, $14.30 $10.01 (save $4.29)/£7.38

Show off your love for the period drama with a Bridgerton-inspired shirt featuring the iconic "I burn for you" line written across the top.


Bridgerton Daphne and Simon Art Print, $10.34/£7

If you're looking to add a touch of Bridgerton to your home, this art print was inspired by the show and features a recreation of Daphne and Simon with the line "I burn for you" written across the bottom.

In the end, all that matters is that our diamond of the season ended up with her Duke, regardless of who said what. Now that the actors have cleared the air on the big "burn for you" debate, it's time to re-watch the entire series while waiting for Bridgerton season two.

Rylee Johnston

Rylee is a U.S. news writer who previously worked for woman&home and My Imperfect Life covering lifestyle, celebrity, and fashion news. Before joining woman&home and My Imperfect Life, Rylee studied journalism at Hofstra University where she explored her interests in world politics and magazine writing. From there, she dabbled in freelance writing covering fashion and beauty e-commerce for outlets such as the TODAY show, American Spa Magazine, First for Women, and Woman’s World.