Today (November 12), Taylor Swift released Red (Taylor’s Version), a re-recording of her acclaimed 2012 album Red, as part of her ongoing mission to regain ownership of her early music.
Fans are reacting on social media to the apparent Jake Gyllenhaal reference in the 10-minute version of her hit single “All Too Well.” While the 2010 song has long been rumored to be about Swift’s relationship with Gyllenhaal, the new version all but confirms the singer wrote it after they broke up in 2011.
New lyrics include the lines: “And I was never good at telling jokes/ But the punchline goes: I’ll get older, but your lovers stay my age.”
Swift and Gyllenhaal dated for three months from October 2010, splitting just after the Grammy winner turned 21 that December. Gyllenhaal, 40, is currently dating 25-year-old model Jeanne Cadieu.
Fans are pissed off that Gyllenhaal allegedly skipped Swift’s 21st birthday, noting the lyrics: “You, who charmed my dad with self-effacing jokes/ Sipping coffee like you were on a late night show/ But then he watched me watch the front door all night, willing you to come/ And he said, ‘it’s supposed to be fun… Turning 21.’”
Most Twitter users referenced the part of the song that goes: “And I, left my scarf there at your sister’s house/And you’ve still got it in your drawer even now.” Some demanded Gyllenhaal return the scarf, while others were sure the scarf was already on its way back to Swift.