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Ryan Reynolds Jokes That He and Blake Lively Still Waiting For Taylor Swift to Tell Them Name of 4th Child

Ryan Reynolds knows when not to rock the boat. The IF co-star and Wrexham A.F.C. co-owner popped into The Today Show on Monday morning (May 13) to talk about his role in actor/director John Krasinski’s new animated movie about imaginary friends, as well as to spill some details on one of the most-burning questions in Hollywood: what did he and wife Blake Lively name their fourth child?

The couple have made a habit of keeping their kids’ faces (and names) out of the public eye, but speaking to Today co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, Reynolds joked that the only person who might know the baby’s name is the world’s biggest pop star. Guthrie practically begged Reynolds to cough up the name, asking him, “Taylor Swift keeps dropping it into lyrics… is the fourth child’s name, the baby’s name, anywhere on the record?”

That record, of course, is Swift’s mega-selling The Tortured Poets Department, and Reynolds — legendary for his desert-dry wit and dead-pan jokes — quickly responded, “We always wait for Taylor to tell us what the child’s name will be. And we’ll say this: we’re still waiting.”

Teasing that Swift is clearly a prolific writer, Reynolds channeled mock panic as he said, “what are we doing here?”

Jokes aside, Reynolds has good reason to await Swift’s blessing, as the singer previously unveiled her A-list pals’ other three children’s names in the song “Betty” from 2020’s Grammy-winning Folklore album. That song name-checks the couple’s third child in the title, daughter Betty, four-and-a-half, in addition to older sisters Inez, seven-and-a-half and James, nine.

Last year, at a May stop on her Eras Tour in Philadelphia, Swift shouted out the couple’s first-born trio while performing “All Too Well” at Philly’s Lincoln Financial Field. Lively and Reynolds welcomed their fourth in Feb. 2023, but have not discussed the baby’s name to date.

Check out the Today show clip below.

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