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On Monday, Swift surprised fans with the release of a music video for her new song “I Bet You Think About Me,” a “from the vault” recording featured on the album Red (Taylor’s Version), which Swift dropped Nov. 11.
“I finally got to work with the brilliant, brave & wickedly funny @blakelively on her directorial debut. Join us as we raise a toast, and a little hell,” Swift wrote in a post revealing a teaser of the video shared Sunday on social media.
The video stars Miles Teller as a groom who is haunted by a red-clad Swift at his wedding to another woman, played by Teller’s real-life wife, Keleigh Sperry.
Though the video marks the first time Swift and Lively have collaborated on a project, Swift has referenced her close relationship with Lively and husband Ryan Reynolds several times in her music. For instance, on Swift’s 2017 album reputation, the song “Gorgeous” kicks off with a voiceover from Lively and Reynolds’ daughter James saying the word “gorgeous.”
When Swift released the song “Renegade” — her collaboration with Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner’s Big Red Machine — she posted a collage of photos, including one credited to James Reynolds. “You wouldn’t be the first renegade to need somebody,” Swift captioned the post. “Collage by @grahamtlbrtfoto. Photo by James Reynolds.”
Meanwhile, on her song “Betty,” featured on her 2020 album folklore, Swift chronicles a story that mentions the names of Lively and Reynolds’ three daughters, Betty, James and Inez, as characters.
When speaking at the SiriusXM Town Hall special with Jess Cagle in August, Reynolds reacted to the song, calling it “an honor.”
“I mean the names are of our kids, but we trust her implicitly, and she’s very sensitive to any of that stuff,” Reynolds said when asked if he inquired what the song was about first. “And obviously, the song has nothing to do with our kids other than our kids’ names.”
He added, “We thought it was pretty, pretty damn amazing. We still do. You know, I still walk down the street and shake my head thinking, ‘I can’t believe that happened.'”
When Cagle asked whether their kids knew of the song, Reynolds said he and Lively “surprised them with it.” “They didn’t know. They had no idea. We don’t tell them anything,” he said, before quipping, “We find they’re most compliant if you offer them no access to outside information.”
Watch the “I Bet You Think About Me” video below.
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