It’s unclear when Taylor Swift will rerelease Speak Now, but Us is going “Back to December” early in honor of the Grammy winner’s rerecordings.

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When Swift was working on her third studio album, she had been linked to lớn Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner and John Mayer. Her relationship with her Valentine’s Day costar has been long rumored lớn be the inspiration behind the album’s second single.

Swift và Lautner dated for several months in the fall of 2009, calling it quits that December. “He liked her more than she liked him. He went everywhere he could to lớn see her, but she didn’t travel much khổng lồ see him,” a source told Us Weekly at the time. “They decided they were better as friends.”

When the musician released Speak Now in October 2010, she explained to Yahoo! Music that “Back to lớn December” had a different message than her other breakup anthems.

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“Up until now, I haven’t really felt like I really needed to lớn apologize to someone,” she admitted at the time. “It’s just necessary.”

In the track, Swift sings, “You gave me roses & I left them there to lớn die / So this is me swallowin’ my pride / Standin’ in front of you sayin’ I’m sorry for that night / & I go back to December all the time.”


The lyrics also address Lautner’s “tan skin” and “sweet smile,” their “beautiful times” in the summer of 2009 & realizing she “loved” him that fall.

“It’s almost word-for-word. It is a song and a conversation that needed to lớn happen because I don’t want to hurt people. If you unintentionally vày so, you’ve got to lớn make that better,” Swift told USA Today at the time of the track. “I feel so comfortable singing about these details và these relationships và listing times, dates, details, names. But when it comes lớn an interview và they say, ‘Are you dating this person?’ or ‘Did you date this person?’ or ‘What’s your current relationship status?’ I suddenly feel very shy.”

Lautner, for his part, was forced to address the tuy vậy when his Scream Queens costar Lea Michele brought it up during a Facebook Live. “Didn’t she write a tuy nhiên about you?” the Glee alum asked in August 2016.

“That’s what she does,” he replied. “She writes songs.”

Michele pushed harder, asking, “I think it’s something about a sweater and a hat, right? … It’s like, your hat in December!”

Lautner gave in and said, “It’s called ‘Back lớn December.’”

Years later, the Abduction actor got engaged khổng lồ another Taylor — Tay Dome — in November 2021. Swift, for her part, has been dating Joe Alwyn since 2017.