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Who did Taylor Swift date at 21? All Too Well lyrics raise eyebrows

Amber Peake November 12, 2021
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Taylor Swift has dropped her own version of her 2012 album Red, having released a re-recorded edition of her 2008 album Fearless earlier this year.

Following the new Red (Taylor’s Version), fans are curious to know more about the singer’s love life at 21 as the album references her relationships and breakups of the time.

While she was famously reported to have dated Jake Gyllenhaal with fans linking their relationship to the Red track All Too Well, we explore who else Taylor Swift was rumoured to have dated at 21.

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Who did Taylor Swift date at 21?

Within Red (Taylor’s Version), the singer released a 10-minute version of All Too Well, which references her “turning 21” and ofcourse fans are naturally curious to know who she dated at the age.

While there seem to be conflicting rumours surrounding Taylor Swift’s dating life at 21, we break down who the singer was rumoured to have dated at the time.

Swift celebrated her 21st birthday in December 2010 and was reported to be dating Nightcrawler actor Jake Gyllenhaal, 29, who she was first linked to in the October. The couple did not date long and following Swift’s birthday and the Christmas holidays, the couple were said to have broken things off in January 2011.

The Wildest Dreams singer’s next rumoured suitor was Fantastic Beasts star Eddie Redmayne. However, the actor has since laid dating rumours between him and Swift to rest. While appearing on Watch What Happens Live in 2016, Redmayne exclaimed: “I never went out on a date with Taylor Swift.”

At this time, Swift was also linked to The Greatest Showman actor Zac Efron. According to Business Insider, the two reportedly dated in February 2011 during the promotion for their film The Lorax.

But the pair cleared up rumours when they appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2012 when Swift explained to Ellen: “He’s awesome, we are not a couple though.”

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Who does she write about in Red?

Taylor Swift released her album Red in October 2012, and explored themes of heartbreak and referenced her breakups at the time of the album’s conception.

As the album is said to reference her past relationships of this time, it is no surprise fans have linked some songs to Jake Gyllenhaal. According to Rolling Stones, some of the possible songs about Gyllenhaal include State Of Grace, All Too Well and The Moment I Knew.

Red is also said to be about to her relationships with Harry Styles and Conor Kennedy, who she dated before the albums fall release. Styles has famously been linked to I Knew You Were Trouble, while Everything Has Changed is thought to be about Kennedy.

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Fans are a wreck after listening to the 10 minute version of All Too Well

In the singer’s new release of her 2012 album Red, Taylor Swift included a 10 minute version of the track All Too Well. Swift had previously hinted a10 minute version of the track existed in an interview with Good Morning America at the time of Red’s initial release.

As Swift releases her own re-recorded version of the album today (12 November), the singer included the extended edition of the song with fans having since taken to social media as they share their reactions to the emotional track:

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.