A lot of people have had Taylor Swift’s brand new album folklore on repeat since it dropped and while certain songs like “Exile” and “August” have been some of the real standouts with the fanbase, there’s been a lot of attention placed on “Betty” given it allegedly outed the name of Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s third daughter. Now, Taylor Swift has confirmed that’s exactly what she did as she and her creative team on the album have revealed more about the process behind creating it.
In a fairly recent radio interview, Taylor Swift talked a bit about “Betty,” telling country radio after her album started charting that the song is about mistakes, written from the perspective of a 17-year-old boy, though it name drops all three of Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s girls: James, Inez and Betty. This publicly confirmed the speculation that had been rampant since the album dropped on July 24:
The name dropping of Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s kids had previously seemingly been proved when Lively posted a tribute to her pal Taylor Swift a few days ago. But her music collaborator, The National’s Aaron Dessner, extrapolated out on the concept of the folklore album a little further, noting that it was super important to Taylor Swift that the songs on the album share a narrative and connect through the characters she created based on the names of her famous pals' kids. Dessner told Rolling Stone,
Fans caught on to this really quickly when folklore initially came out, trying to figure out the myriad connections as they listened to the album over and over. It’s been fun for fans to tie the characters to real life people and come up with crazy theories including of the “Who is William Bowery” bent, but folklore is grounded in a lot of ways too. Aaron Dessner told the outlet Taylor Swift even had Freewheelin Bob Dylan in mind when “Betty” was being written.
So not everything’s a mystery to unravel, though Dessner did also tell Rolling Stone ideas left to untangle are things Taylor Swift enjoys creating for her fanbase. He said of William Bowery:
At the end of the day it’s clear there’s still a lot more to uncover with folklore, and as August slips away like a moment in time we hope to learn more.
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