Why is everyone talking about the Taylor Swift scarf?

American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift released a new recording from her 2012 album Red so that she can legally own it again. And she broke the record for number of streams on Spotify in a single day, by a female artist, with over 122.9 million streams.

Wow, okay, that’s awesome. So why is everyone talking about their old scarf then? Fair question; there has been a lot of talk about the headscarf this week. Truly, only Mrs. Taylor Alison Swift could make a ten-year-old garment a universal symbol of grief.

Taylor Swift was seen wearing the scarf in question (no, that red scarf is not the actual scarf) in late 2010, in several <a class=paparazzi shots with her then-boyfriend Hollywood actor Jake Gyllenhaal .” src=”https://static.ffx.io/images/$zoom_0.252%2C$multiply_0.4431%2C$ratio_1.5%2C$width_756%2C$x_0%2C$y_0/t_crop_custom/q_86%2Cf_auto/9e064d1847362bbeddb1cc074982d4b448f55bd1″ height=”224″ width=”335″ srcset=”https://static.ffx.io/images/$zoom_0.252%2C$multiply_0.4431%2C$ratio_1.5%2C$width_756%2C$x_0%2C$y_0/t_crop_custom/q_86%2Cf_auto/9e064d1847362bbeddb1cc074982d4b448f55bd1, https://static.ffx.io/images/$zoom_0.252%2C$multiply_0.8862%2C$ratio_1.5%2C$width_756%2C$x_0%2C$y_0/t_crop_custom/q_62%2Cf_auto/9e064d1847362bbeddb1cc074982d4b448f55bd1 2x”/>

Taylor Swift was seen wearing the scarf in question (no, that red scarf is not the actual scarf) in late 2010, in several paparazzi shots with her then-boyfriend Hollywood actor Jake Gyllenhaal .Credit:PA; iStock

So wait, just to be clear, is this a literal scarf out there? In a way, yes, it’s a real physical scarf. It is dark blue, with red and gray stripes. Swift was seen wearing it in late 2010, in several paparazzi shots with then-boyfriend Hollywood actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal was also seen wearing the headscarf.

In a whole different sense, the headscarf can be a kind of metaphor for the innocence lost when our hearts are broken, or parts of ourselves that we give to the people we love. Either way, Gyllenhaal has something of Swift that is no longer his own.

But above all, yes, it is a piece of fabric worn around the neck in order to stay warm.

OK, so, did Swift sing about the scarf? Yes! In the song Very good, which is almost certainly about Gyllenhaal (and exploded this week after Swift released the 10-minute version at her fans’ request, alongside a 14-minute short) that she sings: “I left my scarf over there with your sister / And you still have it in your drawer even now.(For the record, we think the sister is Maggie Gyllenhaal, who claims to not know where or even the meaning of the scarf is).

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Later, Swift sings: “But you keep my old scarf from that very first week / Because it reminds you of innocence / And it smells like me / You can’t get rid of it / Because you remember it too well.

Okay, but we all kept a random item of clothing that belonged to an ex, right? It is not a crime! Well, no, it is not, legally speaking, a criminal offense. It’s more of an emotional crime. The scarf is a cozy woolen pledge of Taylor Swift’s love and trust – and this guy just took it! And I put it in a drawer like it wasn’t very very valuable!

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