Taylor Swift performed her epic 11-minute break-up anthem All Too Well, written about her 2010 break-up with Jake Gyllenhaal, as she hosted Saturday Night Live
Taylor Swift has sent the Internet into a tailspin with the re-release of her 2012 album Red.
Now the pop sensation, 31, has set a new record as she performed her new version of All Too Well, which was identified as a highlight of the re-record, on hit American comedy show Saturday Night Live.
Taylor performed the break-up anthem in its 11 minute entirety on the weekend sketch show, making it the longest song ever to be performed on the long-running comedy show.
The song was set to the backdrop of her recently released short film of the song, which she co-directed and which stars Teen Wolf actor Dylan O’Brien and Stranger Things’ Sadie Sink.
The video seems to direct inspiration from Taylor’s split with actor Jake Gyllenhaal, 40, and features Dylan opting to skip Sadie’s 21st birthday celebrations – something which Jake infamously did towards the tail end of his relationship with Taylor.
This is in spite of the fact that the singer has never officially confirmed that the song is about Jake.
Hosts of the show were quick to comment on the length of the song, which ran on for over ten minutes.
“Well, guys, I think the one lesson we learned this week is never break up with Taylor Swift or she will sing about you for 10 minutes on national television,” joked Taylor’s SNL co-anchor Colin Jost.
“At the very least, return the scarf.”
Taylor also joined a minimal list of musical guests not to return for an encore on the show.
However, she did take part in a musical skit about ‘three sad virgins’ with comedian Pete Davidson.
The sketch showed Pete playing a version of himself as he pretended to work on an SNL sketch with three of his friends, played by Ben Marshall, John Higgins, and Martin Herlihy of Please Don’t Destroy.
The skit opened with the men collaborating on a rap, before Davidson dubbed the trio “three sad virgins” in spite of protestations from the group.
The three friends tried to get Davidson to change up the skit and suggested using recent cinema release Dune as inspiration, but without success.
Eventually Taylor joined in to sing part of the song, describing one of the men as having the “sex appeal of a scarecrow”, while another had a “bowling ball head”.
Taylor teased: “None of them have the guts to take their shirts off in front of a girl.”
This isn’t the first time that Taylor has been a musical guest on the show.
In 2009 she even acted as both a host and musical guest in one of the episodes.
Her recently re-released album Red (Taylor’s Version) has broken records.
On its official Twitter page, a spokesperson for music streaming platform Spotify said: “On Friday, November 12th, Taylor Swift’s Red (Taylor’s Version) broke the record for the most-streamed album in a day by a female, and Taylor broke the record for the most-streamed female in a day in Spotify history.”