Taylor Swift addressed speculation about the song 'Betty'

Lawrence Kim
August 9, 2020

I've always loved that in music you can kinda slip into different identities and you can sing from other people's perspectives. Couplets such as "Take me to the lakes, where all the poets went to die // I don't belong and, my beloved, neither do you" and "A red rose grew up out of ice frozen ground // With no one around to tweet it" is the invisible string tying reputation and folklore together.

'This is a song that I wrote from the perspective of a 17-year-old boy. "So that's what I did on this one", she continued. Rather, Taylor just borrowed their names for the characters in her song and further explained the lyrics' backstory in her interview with Country Radio.

'I named all the characters in this story after my friend's kids, and I hope you like it!' she said, after fans first noticed she used the monikers of the beloved Hollywood couple's eldest daughters, James, five, and three-year-old Inez. Reps for Lively and Reynolds did not return a request for comment at the time.

Taylor Swift surprised fans when she announced the release of her eighth studio album, 'Folklore' at the end of July and the new EP naturally sent fans wild for a number of reasons. Can we all crawl inside that piano with you and live in this album....

Lively and Reynolds, who Wednesday in 2012, have been close friends with Swift since 2015. However, since their daughter James was previously featured on Swift's song "Gorgeous", rumors started flying that "betty" revealed the celeb baby name.

Boosted by an early release of the album on CD, Folklore holds on to the top spot with a lead of 3,500 chart sales over its closest competitor.

In a new chat with Country Radio, Taylor Swift confirmed that her song Betty is in fact named after Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds' third kid.

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