Taylor Swift's new album, Folklore, has been out for less than a week—and along with receiving a massively positive reaction from critics and fans alike, it's also being dissected for hidden messages and Easter eggs.
There's the theory that Swift's boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, is actually William Bowery, a cowriter on two of the songs, and the one that posits that she revealed the name of Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively's third child. Plus, there's the real-life story of Rebecca Harkness, the woman who previously owned Swift's house in Rhode Island, which she chronicles in “The Last Great American Dynasty."
Now a Swiftie has drawn a very compelling parallel between the song “Betty” and an iconic moment on Friends, a show we know Swift holds dear. “I like Friends because I've seen every episode, so it's like switching my brain off. I know exactly what they're about to say,” she said during a 2015 radio interview.
Remember back when Ross (David Schwimmer) got home from China with a new girlfriend, Julie (Lauren Tom), right when Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) was ready to admit she had feelings for him? They kiss eventually, then Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) basically outed the whole situation to Julie while playing a set at Central Perk.
Could this moment have been Swift's inspiration for her own “Betty”? Phoebe introduces her song saying, “This is a song, um, about a love triangle…between three people I made up. It's called ‘Two of Them Kissed Last Night,’" which could absolutely be Tay Tay's POV for “Betty” too. It's also about a love triangle, and Swift said she wrote songs on this album from fictional perspectives.
Then you have the opening line to Phoebe's song: “There was a girl, we'll call her Betty.”
Watch the clip for yourself, and tell me you don't buy into this theory just a little bit:
Whether Friends inspired “Betty” or not, can we get a Taylor Swift–Phoebe Buffay duet ASAP?
Originally Appeared on Glamour