When Taylor Swift released her new song ‘Betty’ everyone thought that it was a mere coincidence that Betty is also the name of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’ 10-month-old baby.
But, the Love Story singer confirmed that it wasn’t just a coincidence. Taylor released her eighth studio album Folklore on July 24. The 30-year-old, singer confirmed that she also used the names of her famous friends’ two other children James (5) and Inez (3) in her new song.
Taylor indirectly confirmed this to be true in an interview for Country Radio on August 6.“I named all the characters in this story after my friend’s kids, and I hope you like it.” She even tweeted the same.
“Everyone makes mistakes, everybody really misses up sometimes. This is a song that I wrote from the perspective of a 17 year old boy. I named all the characters in this story after my friend’s kids, and I hope you like it!” — Taylor Swift introducing “betty” on Country Radio pic.twitter.com/CQE8Vgoc4I
— Taylor Swift News (@TSwiftNewsLA) August 6, 2020
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds hold the title of Taylor’s friends since 2015. The famous couple’s first daughter Inez even lent her voice to the intro of Taylor’s 2017 song Gorgeous.
Of course, Betty isn’t actually about Blake and Ryan’s children. Rather, Taylor just borrowed their names for the characters in her song and further explained the lyrics’ backstory in her interview with Country Radio.
“He lost the love of his love, basically, and doesn’t understand how to get it back. I think we all have these situations in our lives where we learn to really, really give a heartfelt apology for the first time,” Taylor said on the radio program, referring to the character “James” in her song.
She continued, “Everyone makes mistakes, everybody really messes up sometimes. This is a song that I wrote from the perspective of a 17-year-old boy. And I’ve always loved that in music you can kind of slip into different identifies and you can sing from other people’s perspectives, and that’s what I did in this one.”
Blake Lively complimented Taylor Swift for Folklore after the album’s release. “Thank you, Taylor Swift. Can we all crawl inside that piano with you and live in this album….Like you, Folklore is full of heart, soul, humour, passion, intelligence, wit, whimsy, reality, imagination, strength, vulnerability, and above all things LoVe,” the Gossip Girl actress wrote on Instagram on July 25. She concluded on a sweet note, writing, “We love you.”