Even the most casual of celebrity enthusiasts would probably be aware of Taylor Swift’s close friendship with Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds.
He and Blake also gave up their lakeside home in New York for Taylor to shoot her All Too Well short film last year, and Blake recently directed the music video for Taylor’s song “I Bet You Think About Me.”
In return, Taylor often honors Blake and Ryan’s children in her music, including sampling their then-2-year-old daughter James on her 2017 song “Gorgeous.”
According to People, Taylor played the unreleased song to her friends when they were visiting her one day, and after the personal performance, James became so obsessed with the word “gorgeous” that Taylor recorded her saying the word to introduce the track.
The proud parents were filmed enthusiastically jumping up and down as “Gorgeous” started at the show, and Blake later admitted on Good Morning America: “We were very embarrassing. That was the true, unfiltered version of our terrible stage parent pride.”
However, she went on to add that James is completely unaware of her claim to fame, and that she didn’t let Taylor credit her daughter on the song because she wants her children to have regular lives.
“Our kids have very normal lives, as much as that’s possible,” Blake explained. “So she didn’t even get a title on the album. I should be collecting royalties!”
In 2020, Taylor paid tribute to Blake and Ryan’s kids for a second time as she name-checked James and her two younger sisters — Inez and Betty — in her song “Betty,” which features on the Folklore album.
The song tells the story of a high school romance gone wrong, and each of the named characters is an obvious reference to her close friends’ children, which Ryan previously said was “pretty damn amazing.”
“The names are the names of our kids, but we trust her implicitly. She’s very sensitive to any of that stuff. And obviously the song has nothing to do with our kids other than our kids’ names,” he told SiriusXM at the time.
“But I mean, what an honor. We thought it was pretty…