(Metro) -- Speaking about the track from Folklore, which is written from the perspective of a 17-year-old boy who lost the love of his life, Taylor revealed that the characters’ names were inspired by Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’ children. Blake and Ryan share three daughters – five-year-old James, three-year-old Inez and a 10-month-old now thought to be called Betty, and their names are all mentioned in the song. Taylor told Country Radio: ‘I’ve always loved that in music you can kind of slip into different identities, and you can sing from other people’s perspectives. So that’s what I did on this one." ‘I named all the characters in this story after my friends’ kids.’
So for all us Swifties, this has been the worst kept secret since about 15 minutes after folklore dropped. They're not exactly the most difficult dots to connect, as it seems a lot of people knew the names of Blake and Ryan's (I'm manifesting being on a first name basis with them) daughters were James (little odd?) and Inez (quite pretty). That left one unknown name to match with the one unnamed child.
Now it's one of my favorite songs on the album, an album I've listened to on repeat for about two weeks now, but even I've gotta chime in here and say it's a little bizarre. It's a peculiar way to reveal the name of a baby, as a character in the middle of a love triangle with her two sisters (James is a boy in the songs and in pretty much every other instance aside from the Reynolds family table). There are three songs on the album all told from the perspective of a different person in an unfaithful relationship. "Cardigan" is sung by the girl who got cheated on, "Betty" is sung by the 17 year old boy who did the cheating, and "August" is sung by the "other" girl. They're three fucking amazing songs and it's a very cool way to tell a story. But still, strange.
Don't get me wrong when Betty grows up and tells all her classmates that her name was revealed to the world on a Taylor Swift song she's probably gonna be the coolest kid in class. But when they ask what song and she explains that her sister James was trying to win her back after cheating they're probably going to say the same as I just did, bit strange.