Taylor Swift is no longer in emotional distress when singing her epic break-up ballad “All Too Well” and she has her fans to thank for her change of heart.
The 28-year-old pop star performed the song at the AT&T Now Chicago fan event on Wednesday night, where she told the audience that she now feels happy singing the track, rather than sad.
“You know it’s interesting, looking back on writing a lot of songs about my life, because when I first play it live, I’m obviously thinking about that experience that I had that inspired the song,” Swift said when introducing “All Too Well” (via Taylor Swift Updates).
“Then it kind of, over time, it morphs?… When I play a certain song, [it] changes from being about a person that was in my life, or an experience I had originally, and it kind of morphs into like, times I’ve played the song and heard you singing it back super loud.”
“All Too Well” featured on Swift’s critically-acclaimed 2012 album Red and is allegedly about her relationship and subsequent break-up with actor Jake Gyllenhaal. The “Shake It Off” hitmaker would often cry while playing the song during her Red Tour.
“It was like ahhhggghhh, owww,” Swift said when describing the feeling of when she first played the song, “and now, I play it and I think of the times I’ve played it in a stadium or an arena or my living room with you guys screaming the words back to me.”
“I wanted to thank you for changing it, because it’s kind of nice to sing a song that you’re proud of, but not feel pain while you sing it.”