Mystery solved! On Thursday (Aug. 6), Taylor Swift spilled the tea on country radio about where she came up with the names for the three characters at the center of Folklore highlight "Betty."
"[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," the superstar explained of the song's premise, before revealing, "I named all the characters in this story after my friends' kids... and I hope you like it!"
Upon the surprise album's release two weeks ago, speculation ran rampant on social media that the titular character at the heart of the harmonica-laden track was named after Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds' youngest daughter, particularly after Swifties noted that the famous couple's two older daughters -- James and Inez -- are also name-dropped in the ode to teenage love and heartbreak.