Updated on Aug 7, 2020. Posted on Aug 7, 2020

    Taylor Swift Finally Confirmed Who The Characters From "Betty" Are Named After

    "I named all the characters in this story after my friends' kids."

    After two weeks of speculation, Taylor Swift has finally revealed who the characters in her song "Betty" were named after, confirming that the names were inspired by Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively's daughters.

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    In the hours before releasing her new album, Folklore, Taylor revealed that three of the songs on the album told the story of a "teenage love triangle", with each song told from the perspective of a different person in the triangle.

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    It was assumed pretty quickly when the album came out that one of the songs was "Betty", which is told from the perspective of a person who was dating or in love with Betty, but who also had a summer fling with another girl.

    Fans have spent the last two weeks theorising about the other two songs in the triangle. Most think "Cardigan", the album's lead single, is the story told from the perspective of Betty, while either "August" or "Illicit Affairs" are told from the perspective of the other girl.

    Some have even speculated that every single song on the album can be linked to the love triangle story in some way.

    One of the triangle's biggest mysteries, though, was where Taylor got the names for the characters. While none of them are specifically named in the other songs on the album, in "Betty", we're introduced to both a James and Inez...

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    Which just so happen to be the names of Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively's eldest daughters.

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    So, of course, people immediately began wondering if Taylor had just subtly revealed the name of Blake and Ryan's third daughter, who was born late last year.

    Now, Taylor has confirmed those rumours are in fact true while promoting "Betty" on country radio stations, admitting that all the characters in the song — including Betty — are named after "her friends' kids".

    Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are pictured in a Christmas-themed photo with Taylor Swift and other friends

    This isn't the first time that Ryan and Blake's kids have made an appearance in Taylor's discography — their eldest, James, actually has a credit on the Reputation album as the baby voice at the beginning of "Gorgeous".

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    And, based on their reactions to hearing the song on the Reputation tour, they couldn't be prouder parents.

    Taylor also took the time to give some insight into her songwriting process, saying she used "Betty" as an opportunity to explore different identities and perspectives.

    And she went on to explain a little bit about the song's storyline:

    [James] has lost the love of his life, 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. Everybody makes mistakes, everybody really messes up sometimes, and this is a song that I wrote from the perspective of a 17-year-old boy.

    The queen of songwriting and Easter eggs is at it again.

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    Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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