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Blake Lively Seemingly Responds To Backlash From Alcoholic Betty Booze Line

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By Fiyin Olowokandi on July 26, 2023 at 2:00 PM EDT

Blake Lively isn’t letting critics win when it comes to her decision to make alcoholic drinks!

In June, the “New York, I Love You” actress took a dramatic turn, launching a collection of canned cocktails, Betty Booze. Unlike the businesswoman’s other line of drinks, Betty Booze is a mixture of flavors and alcohol. Sadly, the addition of booze angered fans who thought it inappropriate for Lively, as she is a non-drinker, to promote alcohol. 

Almost a month after getting called out by fans, the mom of four responds to the backlash from fans. Keep reading to find out more! 

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Blake Lively Claps Back On Critics With Her Reasons For Making Alcoholic Drinks 

Over the weekend, the “Gossip Girl” alum ensured critics didn’t have the last say about her decision to start Betty Booze. She took to her Instagram stories, declaring that her brand is all about experimenting with flavors. For starters, she uploaded a lovely image of herself promoting the drink brand. 

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In the shot, the mom of four, wearing a shirt that she left unbuttoned, held onto a sign that read, “21+ Over.” Above her was a big lemonade signboard while cans of her Betty Booze drink were displayed on a table. Alongside the image, the wife of actor Ryan Reynolds set the record straight about her brand. 

Lively wrote, “Yeah, I still do Lemonade stands, but obviously alcohol-free. And it sells out FAST. I didn’t perfect the recipe until I was in my 20s. It’s lemony gold.”

She continued, “But the adults in my life always wanted a version with alcohol. That’s where the idea of @bettybooze was born. Now they can leave me alone so I can get back to my lemonade stand hustle. It’s so good for my ego.”

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The Tv star launched the alcoholic drink brand in June and promoted it on her Instagram. She uploaded pictures of her posing with some flavors of the drink. The three canned cocktails advertised in her post were; “Sparkling Bourbon with Apple Ginger Sour Cherry,” “Sparkling Tequila with Oak Smoked Lemonade,” and “Sparking Tequila with Lime Shiso.” 

However, fans criticized Lively’s new brand, and some even called her a “money grab” for making alcoholic drinks when she’s a non-drinker. One fan slammed the actress, writing, “How can you market/create a product you don’t openly consume yourself? Come the f on now!”

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Blake Lively responds to criticism of alcohol line

“It’s so lame when celebrities who don’t drink suddenly promote alcohol,” another critic lashed at Lively. A third, echoing similar sentiments, wrote, “Really tired of the celebs milking alcoholism when they know it’s toxic and dangerous and don’t drink themselves. Money grab from the Celebs.”

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Blake Lively’s Casting Controversy For ‘It Ends With Us’ Film Adaptation Finally Addressed By Colleen Hoover

Lively's response comes after her age controversy for the “It Ends With Us” film adaptation was finally addressed by Colleen Hoover. When the “All I See Is You” actress and Justin Baldoni was announced as cast for the movie adaptation, there was an outburst from fans. 

Several fans claimed that 39-year-old Baldoni and  35-year-old Lively were significantly older than the ages they portrayed in the movie. Lively plays Lily, a 23-year-old who graduates college and moves to Boston, where she finds love in the arms of a 30-year-old neurosurgeon, Ryle, portrayed by Baldoni. 

However, Hoover put fans to rest, addressing the age discrepancies. She said, “Back when I wrote It Ends With Us, the new adult [genre] was very popular. You were writing college-age characters. That’s what I was contracted to do.” 

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Blake Lively launches alcohol brand

She continued, “I didn’t know that neurosurgeons went to school for 50 years. There’s not a 20-something neurosurgeon.” For the bestselling author, the film is a way to make things right. “As I started making this movie, I’m like, ‘We need to age them out because I messed up.’ So that’s my fault.” 

Despite the errs with the cast's ages, Hoover highlighted that she is pleased with the cast. She further confessed she’s a fan of Lively and has been “obsessed” since watching her on “Gossip Girl.”

While the movie is in the works, the author is impressed with what she has seen. “I got to see the footage they filmed thus far. I’m not a crier. I know that I write emotional books, but I’m not an emotional person. And I cried so much on set.”

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Hoover added, “You guys are going to be so happy. I’m extremely happy, and now my expectations are up, and I’m going to keep them there.”

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