Taylor Swift’s ‘Tonight Show’ Performance Was So Emotional, It’ll Have You Sobbing


Taylor Swift performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday, Nov. 13, and the video is emotional on its own. But one of the show's employees revealed some more details about her performance through a Twitter thread last night, and it will make you sob. Last night was Fallon's first night back on the show following the death of his mother, Gloria Fallon, on Nov. 4. Fallon paid an emotional tribute to his mother during the show, during which he revealed some private things about his relationship with his mother that make Taylor Swift's Tonight Show performance even more of a tearjerker. In the memorial to his mother on the show, Fallon said through tears,

It was a moving moment. When Swift performed later in the show, she sat at a piano and sang "New Year's Day," which is the last song on Reputation and one of the most emotional on the album. It's a romantic song with lines like, "Hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you," and "Don't read the last page, but I stay when it's hard, or it's wrong, or we're making mistakes." But the most emotional moment in this performance came when Swift sang the "New Year's Day" lyrics that say, "You squeeze my hand three times in the back of the taxi." Having heard Fallon's story about his mother squeezing his hand three times, there wasn't a dry eye in the house when this coincidence happened.

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Following Swift's performance, one of the Tonight Show writers and producers, Mike DiCenzo, tweeted his thread revealing Swift agreed to perform that night completely last-minute out of an act of kindness for Fallon.

In a series of tweets, DiCenzo said,

It was a moving performance, and fans loved it.

Swift was in New York this past weekend as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live hosted by Tiffany Haddish, where she performed "...Ready For It?" and "Call It What You Want." The end of The Tonight Show showed Fallon running through the crowd giving high fives to the audience members which, according to DiCenzo, was added in because it was Gloria Fallon's favorite part of every episode.

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