Emma Stone

What's up with Emma Stone's weird tweet? (And why do we care?)

March 5, 2013 at 11:57 AM ET

With great power comes great responsibility, whether you're a teenager with spider abilities or a celebrity with a Twitter account. Emma Stone rarely uses Twitter, so she caused a stir on Saturday when she tweeted a cryptic message about her boyfriend Andrew Garfield and their Amazing Spider-Man 2 co-star Shailene Woodley.

The actress's message read as follows: "nawder nad islasehne tsintgi ni a erte." It appears at first to be nonsense, but if you rearrange the letters in each word, you get: "Andrew and Shailene sitting in a tree."

Surely not a coincidence, but what does it mean? Since Stone, 24, and Garfield, 29, have been dating for nearly two years, the tweet sparked speculation that there could be trouble in paradise. Is life imitating art, with the actresses playing Garfield's onscreen love interests vying for his real-life affections? And if so, why tell the world over Twitter, via word puzzle?

Honestly, this is just another case of celebrities tweeting vague things that we all try to frantically decode. In theory, Twitter should be a great equalizer, letting fans have conversations with the stars they admire. But what often happens instead is that celebrities speak their own language, and the rest of us are left scratching our heads. Sometimes, the celebs are deliberately trying to keep us guessing. Most of the time, though, they're just doing what we all do on Twitter, Facebook and other social media: Updating people about our lives, promoting the stuff we believe in and trading inside jokes with friends. It's just that they're doing it in a very public forum, which can leave their fans feeling left out. That's when the guessing game begins.

That said, Emma's tweet might not seem so significant if she weren't such an infrequent Twitter user. She's literally only posted once before, and this most recent tweet has already been removed. Stone is a smart cookie, and surely knew that her scrambled sentence would get tongues wagging. So we doubt that she was actually leaking any kind of personal info. Some other possibilities: It was a dare. It was a practical joke played by someone on set. It was a promotional stunt for the Amazing Spider-Man sequel. It was a test to see whether she could make headlines for one stupid tweet. (Did we pass or fail?)

Regardless, it doesn't look like Stone's relationship with Garfield is in any kind of jeopardy. On Saturday, not long after the mystery tweet, the actors were spotted kissing, dining and shopping in downtown New York City.

A version of this story originally appeared on iVillage.