Monday, 15 October, 2018

Jimmy Fallon holds back tears during emotional tribute to his mother

Stacy Diaz | 14 November, 2017, 17:10

Squeezing his hand in the air three times, he added, "I love you".

Fallon's mother died at the age of 68 on November 4.

"She was the one I was always trying to make laugh".

But while his mom was at the hospital, Fallon squeezed her hand to say "I love you", but Gloria was unable to squeeze his hand back.

Swift appeared on Jimmy Fallon's late-night show to perform "New Year's Day", already a fan favorite from her new sixth LP. He went on to tell a personal story about a childhood memory that has stuck with him, even as he was by his mom's side in the hospital in her last days. Suddenly she sings the line, 'Squeeze my hand 3 times in the back of the taxi.' I almost gasped. "She would squeeze my hand three times and say, 'I love you.' And I would squeeze back, 'I love you, too, '" he said. Thank you to Taylor, the Roots, [Steve Higgins], our whole staff and crew, and to all the FalPals, fans, and everyone who reached out to and supported Jimmy and his family. "Mom, I'll never stop trying to make you laugh", he said.

Fallon teased the appearance on his Instagram earlier Monday, saying, "I wanted to make sure we have a very very special, big musical performance and we got one!"

The 27-year-old songstress, dressed in a metallic hoodie for her close-up, shared a touching moment with the tearful host post-performance, as they embraced and she patted him on the back.

Fallon canceled the broadcast for his show the day before his mother passed away, citing a "private Fallon family matter".