How Did the Guy Who Inspired Taylor Swift’s Album ‘Red’ React?
Is Taylor Swift finally telling us who the lucky guy is that inspired her chart-topping album ‘Red’?
Although the internet has concluded for the last year that the tune at the heart of the album, “All Too Well,” is an ode to Jake Gyllenhaal, the 24-year-old could very well be fessing up, according to her latest interview.
“I heard from the guy that most of ‘Red’ is about,” Swift told NY Mag. “He was like, ‘I just listened to the album, and that was a really bittersweet experience for me. It was like going through a photo album.’ That was nice. Nicer than, like, the ranting, crazy e-mails I got from this one dude. It’s a lot more mature way of looking at a love that was wonderful until it was terrible, and both people got hurt from it — but one of those people happened to be a songwriter.
“So what are you going to do?”she asked. “Did you not Wikipedia me before you called me up?”
Gyllenhaal famously romanced the then 21-year-old country cutie and it was their 2010 Thanksgiving holiday together that inspired the song, according to reports, with telling lyrics about spending time together with his sister Maggie Gyllenhaal at her home in Brooklyn, N.Y.
“I left my scarf there at your sister’s house, and you still got it in your drawer even now,” she wrote. “We’re singing in the car, getting lost Upstate. Autumn leaves falling down like pieces into place.”
“Photo album on the counter, your cheeks were turning red. You used to be a little kid with glasses in a twin-size bed…” the lyrics read.
Swift told Good Morning America last year about the difficult writing process for the song: “‘All Too Well’ was the hardest to write because it took me a long time to filter through everything I wanted to say,” she said. “It started out being a 10-minute song, which you can’t put on an album. I had to filter it down to a story that could work in the form of a song.”
But she’s just going to keep people guessing and letting the tabloid fodder continue without a full confession of her lyrical lost loves: “There’s a spin on every single celebrity out there,” she told NY Mag. “I know that one of my spins is: ‘Oh, Taylor’s heartbroken. Oh, Taylor fell in love and the guy broke her heart. She’s sad all the time, and lonely.’
“I mean, they can say that all they want. Those are real feelings that every single person goes through,” Swift added. “I think that it’s okay to be mad at someone who hurt you. This isn’t about, like, the pageantry of trying to seem like nothing affects you. I’m a songwriter. Everything affects me.”