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Who Is ‘’Betty’’? Taylor Swift Reveals The Story Behind Her Newest Single

It’s all about how complicated teenage love triangles can be

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Good news Swifties, Taylor Swift is performing at this year’s American Music Awards and it will be her first performance on a country show in seven years!!

Even though she has approximately zero ACM nominations this year, she’s going to be performing a track from her recent album Folklore, at the virtual ceremony. Fans might’ve expected “Cardigan” or the heartbreaking track that is “Exile” featuring Bon Iver, but Taylor chose “Betty” instead—yup the track where she publicly revealed the name of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds third daughter. But tbh, the backstory couldn’t be about their child, right? Buckle up! We are here to tell you: 

During a live chat on folklore‘s release night, Taylor told fans: “There’s a collection of three songs I refer to as The Teenage Love Triangle. These three love songs explore a love triangle from all three people’s perspectives at different times in their lives.”

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The first two songs in the trio are “Cardigan,” and “August.” “Betty” is the third song to complete the teenage love triangle, and the lyrics are from the perspective of James, a 17-year-old boy who cheated on the title character Betty with another girl. ~ahh cliché~ and once the teenagers all return to school, James tries to apologize to Betty by using his immaturity as an excuse for his behavior. Okay, straight from the Hollywood movies, I see? 

You can sing from other people’s perspectives. That’s what I did on this one. I named all the characters in this story after my friends’ kids

The 30-year-old Grammy Awards winner said, “[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. I’ve always loved that in music you can kinda 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…and I hope you like it!”

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