June 6, 2023

Dear John: Taylor Lautner is praying for you as Taylor Swift prepares to release her re-recorded album Speak Now (Taylor’s Version).

Lautner, who briefly dated Swift in 2009, appeared on the Today show Tuesday with his wife, aka Taylor, to join the duo’s podcast The pinchwhen asked about the upcoming July 7 release of Swift’s third re-recorded album Speak now song “Back to December” is reportedly about the end of Swift and Lautner’s relationship.

“I think it’s a great album. Yes, I feel safe,” Lautner said Today. “Praying for John.”

The Dusk actor supposedly was referring to John Mayer, who reportedly inspired the nearly seven-minute film Speak now track “Dear John.” The slow, sad song features scathing lyrics like, “I can see it all now that you’re gone / Don’t you think I was too young to mess with? / The girl in the dress wrote you a song / You should’ve known , you should have known.”

Taylor Lautner and Taylor Swift

Taylor Lautner and Taylor Swift

Mike Coppola/Getty; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic Taylor Lautner and Taylor Swift

By comparison, “Back to December” is a much sweeter song in which Swift takes responsibility for ending the relationship, singing about wishing she could try again: “But this is me swallowin’ my pride / Standin’ in front of you sayin’ I’m sorry for that night / And I’m going back to December.”

While Lautner is probably obvious, his humorous concerns for Mayer aren’t entirely unfounded. When Swift re-recorded her album Red, she recorded a new 10-minute version of the break-up epic “All Too Well,” which is widely believed to be about her relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal. When Swift revealed that the extended song would be included on the new album, fans took to social media to joke that Gyllenhaal should be scared of what was on the re-release.

Swift has not yet revealed what new tracks will be coming Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)but the album’s product pages on her website indicate that there will be six new additions.

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