Here’s the Heartbreaking Reason Why Taylor Swift Made Jimmy Fallon Cry

"I was crying. We all were."

Monday’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was an emotional one. Returning to the show for the first time since his mother’s death, Jimmy Fallon broke down in tears as he recalled squeezing his mother’s hand during her final moments. As if his emotional speech wasn’t already a tearjerker for viewers, Taylor Swift then made a serendipitous tribute to the late matriarch in her surprise performance of “New Year’s Day,” which unintentionally referred back to Jimmy’s touching story about his mom.

Needless to say, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house after that.

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