How Taylor Swift’s Friendship With Blake Lively Appears In Her Music
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Among Taylor Swiftclosest friends are superstar actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. Married since 2012, they first connected with the singer through comments that longtime fan Blake posted online around the time the “Bad Blood” music video was released. And the rest is history.
Not only does she enjoy cheering on her friends and interesting new artists, Taylor also enjoys collaborating with the people she loves and admires when the right opportunity arises, especially when those people are musicians. She invites them on stage in her shows, gives them cameos in her videos and works with them to come up with concepts.
With Blake and her husband, who are among the very first people to hear a new song written by Taylor, it’s a little different: her famous Easter eggs go even further. There have been two occasions so far the couple’s three daughters have appeared in their songs, and with a new baby and a new album on the way, fans are already wondering if new Easter eggs are also on the way. .
In the meantime, let’s recall some of the times Taylor’s friendship with Blake showed up in his music.
“beautiful” intro (reputation2017)
The cute baby voice saying “beautiful” at the start of this track belongs only to James Reynolds. Blake and Ryan’s first daughter, born in December 2014, was two years old when the reputation The album was released, and her participation in the song was originally part of a voice memo. The couple even recorded the moment they went to a concert during the stadium tour for reputation.
The teenage love triangle (folklore2020)
The nickname “Teenage Love Triangle” refers to a trio of songs by folklore, the first album Taylor made and released while in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, the three songs (“cardigan”, “auguste” and “betty”) tell the story of a girl named Betty and a boy named James, who date in high school and face a brief summer meltdown in because of James’ infidelity – although rumors of this have been circulating throughout the school, thanks to a gossip-loving friend named Inez.
Each of the songs is told from a different point of view: “Cardigan” is written from Betty’s point of view, evoking this love many years in the future; “August” is written from the perspective of the girl James spent the summer with, realizing she’s fallen too much in love with someone who was never hers; and “betty” is written from James’ perspective, as an apology and a confession.
The problem? James, Inez and Betty are the names of Blake and Ryan’s daughters. Betty, the youngest, was born in October 2019 and her name had not previously been revealed to the public folklorewhich means Taylor basically has to reveal the name of her friends’ daughter.
She even thanked the three girls (and their parents, of course!) when accepting the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, a record third in that category.
Bonus: “I bet you’re thinking of me” (Red (Taylor’s version)2021
Okay, this song technically has nothing to do with their friendship. It is, in fact, another brilliant sarcastic dig at music-loving indie actor Jake Gyllenhaal, whom Taylor dated when she was just 20, inspiring much of the material on Red and the recent re-recording Red (Taylor’s version). “I Bet You Think About Me” is one of the new tracks, which was written at the time but omitted from the original album release.
For this reissue, Taylor decided to give the song not only a place on the album, but also an actual music video. And the director she chose for the job was none other than Blake herself, a feature debut for the well-known actress – who is now set to direct a film adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel. seconds.