What Is Jennifer Aniston's Connection To Taylor Swift?

When Taylor Swift announced her next re-recording, "Red (Taylor's Version)," back in June, fans were eager to see what surprises were in store. Although the album didn't drop until November 12, the biggest interest was in Swift's 10-minute version of her 2012 song "All Too Well." At the time of its original release, it instantly became a fan favorite, as it detailed the supposed heartbreak she endured after her three-month relationship with actor Jake Gyllenhaal. (Of course, neither party has ever confirmed the accuracy of said speculation, but Swifts continue to stick by this theory.) Throughout the years, Swift also shared that she and co-writer Liz Rose cut down the original to better suit as a radio single.

However, now the full-length version is out in the world and has caught fans' attention even more. Swift has been a documented fan of the show "Friends" for quite a while, with Glamour even noting similarities between her 2020 song "Betty" and a track performed on the show. Yet, it appears the pop star has taken the parallels one step further, revealing more about a possible connection to Jennifer Aniston in the lyrics of "All Too Well."

Jennifer Aniston gave Taylor Swift love advice

In the new verses of Taylor Swift's 10-minute version of "All Too Well," Swift details how an unnamed female actor attempted to help her at a party, leading many to speculate the true identity of the secret starlet. "Not weeping in a party bathroom / Some actress asking me what happened, you / That's what happened, you," Swift sings.

Right away, fans unearthed an article from the New York Daily News in 2011 that mentioned how "Friends" star Jennifer Aniston approached Swift at the People's Choice Awards to tell her she would be okay, leading many to believe that she was the one being mentioned in the lyrics. The publication also reported that the two had not met prior, but share a common ex-boyfriend in John Mayer.

Mayer has also found himself at the center of Swift's songwriting before. The "Gravity" singer once told Rolling Stone that Swift's "Dear John" from her third studio album, "Speak Now," "really humiliated" him "[b]ecause I didn't deserve it. I'm pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that. It was a really lousy thing for her to do." But, as they both surely know, all's fair in love and "heartbreak warfare."