Lively and Reynolds, good friends of Swift, are no strangers to a pleasant surprise either.
The couple only mentioned the arrival of their third child in October 2019 during an interview, and it was revealed that Lively had given birth weeks earlier.
So when Swifties heard the song Betty, of Folklore, there was reason to believe that Lively’s good friend had actually announced his child’s name in song form.
Taylor sings: “You heard the rumors of Inez / You can’t believe a word she says / Most of the time, but this time it was true / The worst thing I’ve ever done / C ‘ was what I did to you… She said, ‘James, get on, let’s drive’ / These days turned into nights / I slept next to her, but / I dreamed about you all summer . ”
Inez and James are the names of Lively and Reynolds’ other two daughters. So, naturally, fans quickly made the connection and decided that their third child should actually be named Betty because of the song’s title.
“Inez ??? James ??? What if Betty was the name of Blake Lively’s third child, ”one fan wrote on Twitter.
Another said: “The way Taylor used the names Inez and James in Betty because those are the names of Blake and Ryan’s children. She really loves these kids. ”
Later on the day of the album’s release, a source confirmed the news to People magazine, saying the song is named after Lively and Reynolds’ third daughter.
This isn’t the first time the famous couple’s daughters have been included in Swift’s new music. In his song Magnificent, of Reputation album, their eldest daughter, James, can be heard speaking at the start of the track.
Swift is well known for the “Easter Eggs” she leaves for fans in her songs and lyrics, as well as on her social media.
However, even her most hardcore fans didn’t see this latest album coming – and it seems to have come as a surprise even to Swift herself.
In a statement announcing the release, she said, “Most of the things that I had planned for this summer did not happen, but there is something that I did not anticipate that happened,” the creation of the album.
The release comes less than a year after his last album, Lover, was released in August 2019.
“Isolated, my imagination ran wild and this album is the result, a collection of songs and stories that flowed like a stream of consciousness,” she wrote on Instagram on Friday July 24th.
“Taking a pen was my way of escaping into fantasy, history and memory. I told these stories to the best of my ability with all the love, wonder and whimsy they deserve. “
Updated: July 26, 2020 04:45 PM