On October 22, 2012, Taylor Swift fans everywhere took a big, collective gasp when they heard “All Too Well” from the album. red for the very first time.
The heartbreaking anthem is about six minutes long and describes Taylor’s anguish over her relationship with ex-boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal.
Taylor was just 20 years old when she began dating the then 29-year-old Hollywood actor in 2010, and they were together for three months before breaking up in early 2011.
It didn’t take long for “All Too Well” to become one of Taylor’s favorite songs. When it was revealed that the original version was up to 20 minutes long, the Swifties were desperate to hear what had been cut.
During the 2012 appearance good Morning America, Taylor said that “All Too Well” was “the hardest to write on the album”. Explaining the reason, she said: “It took me a very long time to filter whatever I wanted to sing without a 10-minute song that you can’t put in an album.”
“I wanted a story that could serve as a song, and I called my coward writer Liz Rose and said, ‘Come on, we’ve got to filter this,’ and it took me a very long time to get it, ” He added.
But Liz remembered it even longer and said in 2016 that “All Too Well” was “probably a 20-minute song when [Taylor] called me.”
After years of petitioning for Taylor to share the uncut version, her fans’ wishes were met last year when she released a re-recording of it. red,
In case you missed it, the singer announced in 2019 that she would be re-recording her first six albums after her old label, Big Machine Records, sold the owner of her original recordings to her nemesis, Scooter Braun.
Taylor vowed to re-release any songs that were recorded with him in order to devalue the original and prevent Scooter from profiteering as well as legally owning them.
In addition to recording her own versions of her own songs that fans already know and love, Taylor is also sharing some of the songs, “From the Walt”, which were originally written for the album, but were finalized. Cut not made.
and in the example of redTaylor answered the prayers of her fans when she included an expanded and clarified version of “All Too Well”, which was released with the title “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)”. 12 last year.
But Taylor didn’t just stop with the song’s release; He used its length by making an accompanying music video in the form of a short film that he himself directed.
The film starred 19-year-old Sadie Sink and 30-year-old Dylan O’Brien as lovers, and it didn’t take long for fans to notice that the age difference between the two actors is reminiscent of the one between Taylor and her husband. Jake.
But in case there was any doubt as to what the song was inspired by, Dylan can also be seen in the video sporting the same facial hair as Jake, and even wore a beanie that Jake and Taylor in her paparazzi shots, which were taken during their relationship.
In addition to portraying Dylan’s character in a bad light, with him consistently depicting an apparently distressed Sadie, Taylor has a seemingly incongruous song about leaving her scarf at Jake’s sister Maggie Gyllenhaal’s house. Draw attention to the line.
She sings in the opening verse: “I left my scarf there at your sister’s house / And you still keep it in your drawer.” She later revisits the topic with this line: “But you keep my old scarf / From the same first week / Because it reminds you of innocence / And smells like me / You can’t get rid of it can.”
In the film, Sadie can be clearly seen leaving a draped red dupatta on a ladder, with the camera zooming in on her even after the actor leaves the frame. At the end of the video – and years after the story – Dylan is wearing the same scarf as he looks out a window at his ex.
Reiterating how important a scarf is to Taylor, she also sells an “all too well” red scarf on her merchandise website.
And on Saturday, Taylor was asked about the importance of the scarf during an appearance at the Toronto International Film Festival, where she joined its CEO Cameron Bailey for a screening of the short film as well as a discussion about making it .
When questioned, Taylor was clearly nervous as she explained the meaning of the scarf.
“The scarf is a metaphor, um… and… we turned it red because red is a very important color in this album, called red,” He started.
After a few awkward laughs, Taylor continued: “Um… and I guess when I say it’s a metaphor, I’m just going to stop… and I’m going to say thank you for the incredible question.” Whoever asked it, you really took us along for the ride with that, thanks.”
Taylor’s strange reaction — combined with the confirmation that the scarf is a metaphor — is actually tied to a longtime fan theory that the scarf represents her virginity.
One fan tweeted last November, “No matter what anyone tells me, I always believe that the scarf represents Taylor’s virginity.” And in 2020, someone else wrote: “Scarf Taylor was talking very well about her virginity and in this essay I will.”
And in 2014, two years after the original release of “All Too Well,” a source told RadarOnline that Taylor had actually lost her virginity to Jake, which is why she took their breakup so hard.
The insider claimed that Taylor initially waited until she was married to have sex, but changed her mind with the actor. “She thought she was going to marry Jake, that’s how she loved him,” he said.
But shortly after, Jake fails to attend Taylor’s 21st birthday party at her family’s home in Nashville. The source added at the time: “The day before – all was set – he was coming, never mind. But the day, she doesn’t hear from him at all. No texts, no calls. Taylor thought maybe she was somehow planning to surprise K. No. He didn’t show up and locked himself in the bathroom and cried all night.
featured in this moment all very well The short film, which has lyrics in reference to the event in an expanded version of 2022, has been added. This was the inspiration behind Taylor’s song “The Moment I Know”.
“In my party dress / In red lipstick / With no one to impress / And they’re all standing around me singing / ‘Happy birthday to you’ / But one thing was missing / And that was the moment I knew,” she sings in the 2012 track.
This, along with Taylor’s reaction and comments at TIFF, has convinced many fans that her theory was correct and that the scarf is a symbol of Taylor’s virginity.
One person commented on a video from Saturday’s interview, “She restrained herself before saying what the metaphor is, but the girl we know.” Another tweeted: “Taylor Swift pretty much confirms that the scarf is a metaphor for her virginity, which I didn’t expect.”
Someone else wrote: “I can’t believe he confirmed it”
Others were concerned about the location mentioned in the song, with one fan writing: “In her sisters house?” Joked another: “Maggie Gyllenhaal is looking at this:”
A third person commented: “Not the way people asked Maggie if she still had the scarf and didn’t know what it was.”
And it’s happened literally several times, with Maggie admitting that she’s constantly asked about Taylor’s scarves during her 2017 appearance. Watch Live with Andy Cohen What Happens?,
“I never understood why everyone asks me about my scarf, what is it?” Maggie said in response to a question about it on the show. “I’m in the dark about the scarf. It’s absolutely possible. I don’t know, but I’ve been asked this before, and I’m like, ‘What are you talking about?'”
Meanwhile, Jake broke his silence on the investigation facing the back of “All Too Well” earlier this year, when he told Esquire he wasn’t “sorry” for writing to Taylor about his personal experiences. But later he suggested so that he does not let his fans troll him over it.
“It has nothing to do with me. It’s about the relationship he has with his fans,” Jake said of the re-release red, “It’s an expression of that. Artists use personal experiences for inspiration, and I don’t complain to anyone for that.”
“At some point, I think it’s important when supporters go unchecked that we make them feel a responsibility to be citizens and not allow cyberbullying in anyone’s name,” he said.
And Jake isn’t the only one of Taylor’s exes who got a bad rep after his songs inspired him, John Mayer previously responding to a death threat that one of his fans sent him on social media.
On the other hand, Taylor’s ex Joe Jonas has recently hinted that he and Taylor are now on good terms after their bad 2008 split.
Other celebrities that Taylor has written about over the years include Harry Styles, Tom Hiddleston, and his current partner, Joe Alwyn.