Taylor Swift’s Surprise Performance On Jimmy Fallon Is Absolutely Heartbreaking

On Monday night, Jimmy Fallon hosted The Tonight Show for the first time since the death of his mother Gloria. Taylor Swift made an appearance, surprising him by performing a song off her new album Reputation. The ballad, called “New Year’s Day” proved to be an emotional performance for everyone involved.

At the beginning of the episode, Fallon paid tribute to his mom and shared this heart-wrenching story:

“When we were little, my mom would walk us to this store, me and my sister, and we would hold hands, she would squeeze my hand three times and say, ‘I love you,’ and I would squeeze back, ‘I love you, too.”

He went on to say that he had tried to use the same tender way to communicate when she was hospitalized.

“Last week I was in the hospital, and I grabbed her hand and squeezed. ‘I love you.’ I just knew were were in trouble.”

Needless to say, the entire studio was shocked when Swift echoed this exact gesture in the lyrics of “New Year’s Day” during her performance.

After the show, Tonight Show producer Mike DiCenzo described the emotionally charged atmosphere on set and how the entire cast and crew “lost it” during Swift’s performance in a series of really sweet tweets:

He went on to thank Swift for showing up “with zero hesitation” despite not being scheduled to perform.

When Taylor sang that specific lyric, everyone broke down.

Watch Taylor’s full performance: