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  • Taylor Swift's fans speculated that the scarf the singer mentions in "All Too Well" represents her virginity
  • It's become widely accepted among her fans that the heartbreak anthem about Swift's relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal
  • The Grammy winner recently confirmed that the "scarf" is a "metaphor"

Taylor Swift's latest comments about her heartbreak anthem "All Too Well" may have confirmed a longstanding fan theory about her relationship with ex-boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal.

The 32-year-old Grammy winner has never officially confirmed that the song, which was originally released as part of her 2012 album "Red," is about Gyllenhaal, 41, but it's become widely accepted among her fans that it is. One theory fans have about the track is that the scarf Swift sings about in the song represents her virginity.

On Saturday, Swift explained the importance of the scarf during an appearance at the Toronto International Film Festival alongside its CEO, Cameron Bailey, for a screening of "All Too Well: The Short Film" and a discussion about the making of it.

The singer was visibly flustered after being asked the meaning of the scarf but confirmed that it was indeed a "metaphor."

"The scarf is a metaphor, um, and... We turned it red because red is a very important color in this album, which is called 'Red," Swift said before awkwardly laughing in a video clip from the event posted on TikTok by user @wreckmyplans.

She continued, "Um... And I think when I say it's a metaphor, I'm just going to stop... And I'm going to say thanks for the incredible question to whoever asked it, you've really taken us for a ride with that one, thank you."

Swift's reaction and comments had a number of her fans believing that the singer confirmed their speculation about the scarf representing virginity.

"I'm sorry but how did ya'll not know? I thought the line, 'cause it reminds you of innocence,' was very obvious," one fan wrote.

Another commented, "I can't believe we actually got a confirmation."

In "All Too Well," Swift reportedly mentioned leaving her scarf at the house of Jake's sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal, singing: "I left my scarf there at your sister's house / And you've still got it in your drawer even now."

"But you keep my old scarf / From that very first week / Because it reminds you of innocence / And smells like me / You can't get rid of it," she also sings in the track.

The scarf also made an appearance in the "All Too Well" short film released in November 2021, directed by Swift and starring Dylan O'Brien and Sadie Sink.

In the film, Sink can be seen leaving a red scarf draped over a staircase. Toward the end of the video, O'Brien is wearing the same scarf following their breakup, according to Buzzfeed.

Gyllenhaal, who dated Swift from October to December 2010 when he was 30 and the singer was only 20, has been spotted out wearing a striped scarf similar to one Swift has also been photographed wearing, according to The Verge.

Swift and Gyllenhaal reportedly split in January 2011. An unnamed source told Us Weekly that he told the singer at the time that their relationship was "not working out."

During an interview on "Good Morning America" in 2012, Swift revealed that "All Too Well" was "the hardest to write in the album emotionally," explaining, "It took me a really long time to filter through everything I wanted to put in the song without it being a 10-minute song, which you can't put on an album."

She added, "I wanted a story that could work in the form of a song, and I called my co-writer Liz Rose and said, 'Come over, we've gotta filter this down,' and it took me a really long time to get it."

Gyllenhaal was previously asked about the song on "The Howard Stern Show" in 2015. At the time, he replied, "Do I [have a song]? I don't know."

Taylor Swift attends her "All Too Well" short film premiere in New York in November 2021
Taylor Swift attends her "All Too Well" short film premiere in New York in November 2021 AFP / ANGELA WEISS

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