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Why Everyone Wants To Know Where It Is—And If Jake Gyllenhaal Has It

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With last week’s release of Red (Taylor’s Version), Taylor Swift fans — even octogenarian superstar Dionne Warwick — are clamoring to find the whereabouts of a scarf she lost over 10 years ago, and all signs point towards her ex-boyfriend and the rumored subject of the album’s breakup songs, actor Jake Gyllenhaal. 

Key Facts

Swift, who lost out on ownership of her first six albums in 2019 when Big Machine Records sold them to music manager Scooter Braun, has been recording her own version of her masters — she released her own version of her 2012 album Red on Friday, which featured a never-before-heard 10-minute version of the song “All Too Well,” and a short film set to the song. 

In the song, Swift sings, “And I left my scarf there at your sister’s house/ And you’ve still got it in your drawer even now,” and “But you keep my old scarf from that very first week/ ‘Cause it reminds you of innocence / And it smells like me.” 

Swift, who was 20 at the time, dated Gyllenhaal for about three months in 2010 when he was 29 — and paparazzi photos of the couple at the time show Swift, and then Gyllenhaal, wearing a navy scarf with red stripes. 

A chunky knit red scarf is heavily featured in the “All Too Well” film, starring Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien, and in the video for “I Bet You Think About Me,” which was released Monday.

Deux Moi, a popular anonymous Instagram account that posts follower-submitted celebrity sightings and blind items, claimed over the weekend that it connected someone who believed they have the scarf to Swift’s team, and said the authenticity of the scarf had been verified, though it did not reveal its current owner. 

Tangent

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jake’s famous sister who is referenced in “All Too Well,” said on Watch What Happens Live in 2017 that she is “in the dark about the scarf,” though the narrative from the song is “totally possible.” 

Crucial Quote

“If that young man has Taylor’s scarf he should return it,” Dione Warwick tweeted Monday. “It does not belong to you. Box it up and I will pay the cost of postage, Jake.”

Contra

When questioned about whether or not he was playing Gyllenhaal in the video, O’Brien claimed he was portraying a character named Brandon. “It’s just an insightful and random take on a relationship that I don’t think she’s even experienced,” he told Extra. 

Key Background

The extended version of “All Too Well” and its accompanying film tells a wrenching story of a breakup. Swift originally wrote the long version of the song for Red’s original release but was forced to cut it down to a normal length. The age difference between the actors mirrors that of Swift and Gyllenhaal and is a key focus of the story. In one crucial scene, the character played by Sink is shown being ignored by O’Brien’s character at a dinner party he hosted with his older friends, which she later tells him makes her feel insecure. O’Brien’s character constantly belittles hers, and at one point not showing up to her 21st birthday party. The age gap is the common motif of the song, with Swift singing “You said if we had been closer in age maybe it would have been fine/ And that made me want to die,” and “And I was never good at telling jokes, but the punch line goes/ I’ll get older, but your lovers stay my age.” 

Further Reading

Taylor Swift Has Seven Different Albums On Billboard Top 100 (Forbes) 

Nearly A Decade After It Was First Released, Taylor Swift’s ‘All Too Well’ Could Hit No. 1 (Forbes) 

Taylor Swift’s ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ Could Move Half A Million Copies In Its First Week (Forbes)

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