In “Betty,” Swift mentions the names James and Inez, which are the names of Blake and Ryan's first two children.
In response to the song, one fan tweeted, “Did Taylor just confirm @blakelively & @RyanReynolds third child's name?? She used, Inez, James, and BETTY?? @taylorswift13 @taylornation13 #Folklore Someone confirm pleaseeeee."
Another Twitter user said, “Am I the only one that realized that Taylor Swift's song Betty has both of Blake Lively's kids names in it? Is Blake's third baby named Betty?! I am so invested in this new theory now.”
A source confirmed to People magazine that the song is named for Ryan and Blake's third child.
Blake and Ryan's children have been featured in Taylor's music before. In her 2018 hit “Gorgeous,” Taylor featured James' voice for the intro.
On Thursday, Swift surprised the world by announcing the release of her eighth album, which she recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic. That same night, she dropped the music video for her song “Cardigan,” which she directed.
Of the music video, she revealed on Instagram, “The entire shoot was overseen by a medical inspector, everyone wore masks, stayed away from each other, and I even did my own hair, makeup, and styling 😂.”
As for the inspiration behind her album, Swift tweeted, “In isolation my imagination has run wild and this album is the result. I've told these stories to the best of my ability with all the love, wonder, and whimsy they deserve. Now it's up to you to pass them down.”
“Folklore” features 16 tracks, including a collaboration with Bon Iver called “Exile.” It's the fourth album on which she has worked with Jack Antonoff; they also collaborated on her albums “1989,” "Reputation,” and “Lover.”