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Ryan Reynolds jokes he, Blake Lively are waiting for Taylor Swift to reveal name of baby No. 4

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Ryan Reynolds dodged questions about his fourth child with Blake Lively by name-dropping Taylor Swift on Monday’s episode of “Today.”

The couple welcomed their youngest in early 2023 and have never shared the little one’s name or sex publicly — but that didn’t stop Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie from inquiring.

“The only way this is going to make more news … is if you tell us the name of your fourth child,” Guthrie said. “Which I know you won’t do but Taylor Swift keeps dropping it into lyrics!”

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively with Taylor Swift
Ryan Reynolds joked that he and wife Blake Lively are “waiting” for Taylor Swift to announce the name of their fourth child in her music. Getty Images
Ryan Reynolds on "Today."
The “Deadpool” star dodged questions about the name of his youngest while on “Today” Monday. NBC
Ryan Reynolds on "Today."
“We always wait for Taylor to tell us what the child’s name is,” he joked. “And I’ll say this: We’re still waiting.” NBC

The 14-time Grammy winner has famously used the couple’s eldest three daughters — James, 9, Inez, 7, and Betty, 4 — as inspiration for several of her songs.

Although Reynolds wouldn’t reveal the now-1-year-old’s moniker, Guthrie asked if the fourth child’s name is anywhere on Swift’s new record, “The Tortured Poets Department.”

“We always wait for Taylor to tell us what the child’s name is,” the “Deadpool” star joked. “And I’ll say this: We’re still waiting.”

Ryan Reynolds and Taylor Swift
Swift used the names of the couple’s other three children in her song “Betty.” Charles Wenzelberg / New York Post

“She’s a prolific writer — I mean, what are we doing here?” he sarcastically added. “And ‘lazy’ is not a word I’d attach to Taylor.”

Although Reynolds, 47, and Lively, 36, have kept their children out of the spotlight, Swift used the girls’ names in her song “Betty.”

A voice recording of James is also featured on Swift’s song “Gorgeous” from her 2017 album, “Reputation.”

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively.
The couple welcomed their fourth child last year but have not shared the little one’s name or sex. ?Instagram
Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds and their two eldest daughters.
They are also parents to daughters James, 9, Inez, 7, and Betty, 4. FilmMagic

However, Reynolds previously assured fans that he and the “Gossip Girl” star don’t mind Swift, 34, using their daughters’ names in her songs.

“We trust her implicitly. She’s very sensitive to any of that stuff,” he said in a 2021 interview. “And, obviously, the song has nothing to do with our kids other than our kids’ names. But I mean, what an honor.”

The two actors, who wed in 2012, even brought their two eldest daughters to one of the Eras Tour shows in Philadelphia last year.

Taylor Swift and Blake Lively.
The girls refer to the “Ant-Hero” singer as their “aunt” Taylor. Instagram/blakelively
Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and Taylor swift
However, Reynolds previously revealed the girls thought singing was just a “hobby” of Swift’s. Jackson Lee

In fact, while performing the 10-minute version of “All Too Well,” Swift seemingly acknowledged her two tiny fans.

In videos shared by concert-goers, the hitmaker looked into the VIP tent, where the girls were with their mom, and mouthed, “Hi James, hi Nezzy.”


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However, before seeing the pop star in concert, the young girls didn’t realize their “aunt” Taylor was a famous singer.

During an appearance on “The Jess Cagle Show” in 2022, the “Proposal” star explained that “just like the rest of the world,” listening to Swift’s music was “like a religion” in their home.

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It wasn’t until they saw Swift in concert that they realized she was a megastar. Getty Images for TAS Rights Management
Taylor Swift and Blake Lively.
The “Gossip Girl” star and the pop star have been friends for nearly a decade. GC Images

Despite her songs playing on repeat, the girls thought Swift was “just like an aunt, like a friend of Mommy and Daddy that’s very, very close, almost family.”

“And then they went to a concert one day and were like, ‘Ohhhhh, this isn’t a hobby,’” he joked.

The “Age of Adaline” star and the “Anti-Hero” singer became close friends in 2015, one year after the actress first became a mother.

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