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This Story About Taylor Swift's Performance On Jimmy Fallon Will Break Your Heart

"Whatever you think of Taylor, she did something beautiful for Jimmy and our show today, and we're forever grateful."

Last night, Taylor Swift made an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon to perform a song from her new album, Reputation.

The show was the first back after Jimmy's mother, Gloria, died just over a week ago. At the beginning of the episode, he paid an emotional tribute to her, during which he said this:

If you're familiar with "New Year's Day", you'll know it includes a lyric about your loved one squeezing your hand three times.

After the show ended, Mike DiCenzo, a writer and producer for The Tonight Show, tweeted a beautiful story about Taylor's performance.

It was a really tough day for our whole staff. A lot of us knew his mom Gloria, and she was the best. The best. Sh… https://t.co/lT5TImqIXG

He revealed that Taylor hadn't actually been scheduled to perform on the show, but they wanted to do something special for the first show back, and when they asked her Taylor said yes without hesitation.

@questlove First, a quick word about Taylor Swift. She was not scheduled to do our show today. But we wanted someth… https://t.co/sol5hfs2Oe

Jimmy hadn't told that story about his mother before, and nobody had heard "New Year's Day" – so when Taylor sang that specific lyric, everyone started to cry.

@questlove She sang "New Year's Day." No one had heard it. Suddenly she sings the line, "Squeeze my hand 3 times in… https://t.co/xofAXzgwoJ

@questlove I could see Jimmy silhouetted at his desk dabbing his eyes with a tissue. We all lost it. It was a beaut… https://t.co/FHDrHN5AQ6

As soon as Taylor finished the performance, she walked over to Jimmy and enveloped him in a huge hug, which DiCenzo said was "100% real emotion".

"Whatever you think of Taylor, she did something beautiful for Jimmy and our show today," DiCenzo tweeted. "And we're forever grateful."

@questlove That hug between Jimmy and Taylor after the song was 100% real emotion. Whatever you think of Taylor, s… https://t.co/lRaPF0zjTz

You can watch Taylor's emotional performance in full here:

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