Taylor Swift just announced the release date for her remastered solo version of her Red album (AKA the one about her ex Jake Gyllenhaal) and on her former record executive Scooter Braun’s birthday at that. Wow, her mind.
Taking to Instagram early this morning, Swift revealed that her version of Red will debut on the 19th of November. The album will come with “all 30 songs that were meant to go on Red,” including “one of them [that] is even ten minutes long.” So, TLDR: Folklore is about to become her second-best album of all time, huh?
Red, which first debuted in 2012, was written after Taylor Swift’s three-month relationship with actor Jake Gyllenhaal in 2011. This is worth noting since immediately after Tay-Tay’s announcement, good old Jakey began trending on Twitter. Her impact.
According to stans on Twitter, it’s also theorised that the song in question that’s been extended to ten minutes long could very well be “All Too Well”, AKA the song that directly references their romance and the impact their split had on Taylor.
It probably doesn’t help Gyllenhaal’s case that Taylor included a scarf emoji in the tweet about the album; a subtle nod to the scarf of Taylor’s that fans still believe Jake Gyllenhaal has from when they were dated. RIP to this man.
Jake Gyllenhaal after seeing that red (Taylor’s version) will have 30 songs on it pic.twitter.com/spbtVotxsA
— Zoe 💜 (@delicatestan1) June 18, 2021
y’all pray for jake gyllenhaal it’s gonna be a rough year pic.twitter.com/cAvLS06mrB
— mia (@miasth0ughts) June 18, 2021
Jake Gyllenhaal after Taylor Swift announcement. pic.twitter.com/KfqTC3FUgO
— doja fenty (@dxuncan03) June 18, 2021
jake gyllenhaal after watching taylor announcing 10 minute version of all too well pic.twitter.com/IJ7TVKXm3b
— nick | sntv (@nickputation) June 18, 2021
JAKE GYLLENHAAL GOING INTO WITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM AS WE SPEAK
— izzy (@spidermannwh) June 18, 2021
Speaking about the heartbreak she felt when the pair split at the time on Instagram this morning, Taylor added: “I’ve always said that the world is a different place for the heartbroken. It moves on a different axis, at a different speed. Time skips backward and forwards fleetingly.
“The heartbroken might go through thousands of micro-emotions a day trying to figure out how to get through it without picking up the phone to hear that old familiar voice. In the land of heartbreak, moments of strength, independence, and devil-may-care rebellion are intricately woven together with grief, paralysing vulnerability, and hopelessness. Imagining your future might always take you on a detour back to the past. And this is all to say, that the next album I’ll be releasing is my version of Red.
“Musically and lyrically, Red resembled a heartbroken person. It was all over the place, a fractured mosaic of feelings that somehow all fit together in the end. Happy, free, confused, lonely, devastated, euphoric, wild, and tortured by memories past.
“Like trying on pieces of a new life, I went into the studio and experimented with different sounds and collaborators. And I’m not sure if it was pouring my thoughts into this album, hearing thousands of your voices sing the lyrics back to me in passionate solidarity, or if it was simply time, but something was healed along the way.”
While a variety of her songs are inspired by her ex-lovers, Red has stood against the tests of time as one of her best and a classic among breakup ballads. In 2020, Swift herself called Red her “only true break up album.”
Interestingly enough, Taylor also announced the date for the remastered version on the same day as her ex-producer Scooter Braun‘s birthday, who up until November last year had the rights to her first six albums, including Red. So, to put it best, this is a power move if we ever saw one.