Did Taylor Swift Get ‘Folklore’ Inspiration From ‘Friends’?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Taylor Swift arrives for Billboard

While singer-songwriter Taylor Swift is thought to sing about her relationships (like actor Joe Alwyn), she has additionally drawn from popular culture. Her Lover monitor “Death by a Thousand Cuts” was, partially, impressed by the movie Someone Great, and he or she’s cited Game of Thrones characters like Arya Stark as an affect for Reputation.

Taylor Swift arrives for Billboard's 2019 Woman of the Year at the Holllywood Palladium in Los Angeles on December 12, 2019.
Taylor Swift arrives for Billboard’s 2019 Woman of the Year on the Holllywood Palladium in Los Angeles on December 12, 2019. | Valerie Macon/AFP through Getty Images

So it’s not a stretch to imagine that Friends, probably the most well-liked TV sequence throughout her adolescence, might have discovered its manner right into a track. Here’s why some imagine that the phrases of the character Phoebe Buffay have been in Swift’s thoughts whereas writing a monitor on her 2020 album, Folklore.

‘Folklore’ encompasses a fictional love triangle

RELATED: There’s a Secret ‘Teenage Love Triangle’ Story on Taylor Swift’s ‘folklore’

In the YouTube chat main as much as the music video debut of the primary Folklore single, “Cardigan,” Swift answered some fan questions. One such reply, as captured in screenshots by a fan on Twitter, is under:

One factor I did purposely on this album was put the Easter eggs within the lyrics, extra than simply the movies. I created character arcs & recurring themes that map out who’s singing about who. For instance there’s a set of three songs I seek advice from as The Teenage Love Triangle. These Three songs discover a love triangle from all Three folks’s views at completely different instances of their lives.

After the album dropped, it didn’t take lengthy for followers to attach the dots. “Listen to cardigan, August and Betty they are songs from different perspectives of a love triangle/cheating situation – so so so good it’s like listening to a movie,” wrote one Twitter consumer, figuring out the three tracks.

In ‘Betty’ two characters are named after Blake Lively’s youngsters

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively with daughters James Reynolds and Inez Reynolds Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively with daughters James Reynolds and Inez Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively with daughters James Reynolds and Inez Reynolds | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

In “Betty,” Swift sings from the attitude of James. This is revealed within the lyrics, “Just thinking of you when she pulled up like/A figment of my worst intentions/She said “James, get in, let’s drive.” Additionally, the character Betty, who James is singing to, “heard the rumors from Inez.”

Fans have been fast to level out the James and Inez are the names of actor Blake Lively’s youngsters along with her husband, actor Ryan Reynolds. Lively and Swift have been buddies for years. And James is the newborn saying “gorgeous” at first of the Reputation monitor of the identical identify.

The different could possibly be from this episode from ‘Friends’

Reynolds and Lively have a 3rd daughter, whose identify they haven’t introduced as of August 3, 2020. While some now imagine it could possibly be “Betty” — in step with Swift’s theme — there are different doable causes that’s the identify their friend selected for her track. And one, as shared on TikTok, pertains to Friends.

In season 2, Ross kisses Rachel whereas he’s nonetheless relationship Julie. In the episode “The One With the List,” Phoebe performs at Central Perk. She says, “This is a story about a love triangle between three people that I made up.” She then sings, “There was a girl, we’ll call her Betty…” From there, the track doesn’t connect with Swift’s.

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