We might be OK, but we’re not fine at all—Taylor Swift just released her achingly beautiful short film!
In addition to dropping her re-recorded Red album on Friday, Nov. 12, the superstar singer released a short film for her 10-minute version of “All Too Well.” Swift starred in the visual—which she wrote and directed—alongside Teen Wolf alum Dylan O’Brien and Stranger Things actress Sadie Sink.
Before Swifties around the world got to see the film, she treated New York fans to a special premiere. “We have provided tissues,” Swift told the crowd. “You do not need to be stoic, serious, or anything that you are not if that is not how you want to feel during this. Be yourselves. I love you. I’m gonna watch this with you. I’m very proud, and I’ll see you after.”
Following the showing, she performed the 10-minute version of her 2012 ballad live in the auditorium.
The Grammy winner, who is re-recording her earliest albums amid her ongoing music battle, first announced Red (Taylor’s Version) in June. “I’ve always said that the world is a different place for the heartbroken,” she wrote in a letter to fans. “It moves on a different axis, at a different speed. Time skips backwards 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,” Swift continued. “In the land of heartbreak, moments of strength, independent and devil-may-care rebellion are intricately woven together with grief, paralyzing vulnerability and hopelessness. Imagining your future might always take you on a detour back to the past.”
Red, originally released in 2012 and beloved by Swifties everywhere for its heart-wrenching lyrics, was supposed to have 30 songs on it. However, a number of them were cut. On the updated version, fans finally got to hear those unreleased tracks—including the 10-minute version of “All Too Well.” The song, a fan favorite, is believed to be a look back on Swift’s relationship with actor Jake Gyllenhaal.
We decoded the entire album here.
Take a look at the “All Too Well” short film above. You’re gonna need tissues.