Mark your calendars ‘cos this Wednesday Taylor Swift is set to perform “Betty” for the very first time since dropping album folklore back in July. The singer will perform the single at the Academy of Country Music Awards, marking her first performance on a country show in seven years.
While folklore, like all of Taylor’s albums, has prompted heaps of fan theories and confirmed Easter eggs, “Betty” in particular has incited bucket loads of both. The song not only revealed the name of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’ third daughter (Betty, of course), as well as included the names of the couple’s other kids, James and Inez, it also restoked the fire that LGBTQIA+ ally Taylor was queer – though, she later dismissed them.
“[James] has lost the love of his life basically and doesn’t understand how to get it back,” she said on country radio in the US. “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,” she continued.
“I named all the characters in this story after my friends' kids... and I hope you like it!” Swift concluded.
Shortly after its release, best mate Blake Lively said on her Instagram Story of the album: “Can we all please crawl inside that piano with you [Taylor] and live in this album.. Like you, Folklore is full of heart, soul, humour, passion, intelligence, wit, whimsy, reality, imagination, strength, vulnerability, and above all things: Love.”
You can catch the ACM Awards streaming live, or download it after-the-fact. More info here. And in the meantime, here's the music video for "Betty":
Main Image Credit: folklore, Taylor Swift