After the release of Taylor Swift’s “Red (Taylor’s Version)” on Nov. 12, Jake Gyllenhaal has been thrusted into the spotlight. Gyllenhaal, who’s starred in films such as “Donnie Darko,” “Brokeback Mountain,” and Spider-Man: Far From Home” dated Swift for three months in 2010.
Despite the short time, Gyllenhaal seemed to have left quite an impression on Swift. Her newly extended, 10-minute song “All Too Well,” along with a short film, is supposedly inspired by — and drops hints about — their breakup.
Swift’s song features lyrics such as “I’ll get older but your lovers stay my age,” and “you said if we had been closer in age maybe it would have been fine,” which are in reference to Gyllenhaal’s preference of dating girls much younger than himself. At the time of dating, Gyllenhaal was 29, while Swift was 20.
Gyllenhaal, 40, is currently dating 25-year-old Jeanne Cadieu. Despite the sudden onslaught against the actor, he seems to be paying no mind according to E! News. “Jake has no interest in any of it,” an insider told the entertainment news site. “He doesn’t read gossip or pay any attention to that.”
Meanwhile, another insider told US Weekly that Gyllenhaal — who was seen the day after the release of Swift’s album at an event in Los Angeles on Nov. 13 — is in “good spirits,” and was proud to have presented an award on sound editing at the event.
Swift is well-known for writing songs based on her many boyfriends — and subsequent breakups — with hits such as “I Knew You Were Trouble,” “Forever And Always,” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which doesn’t exactly carry subtly.
The pop star is currently re-recording and re-releasing all her albums because she doesn’t have ownership of the originals. That honor belongs to Shamrock Holdings, who acquired the rights from record executive Scooter Braun and Big Machine Records.
Thus, the only way for Swift to legally regain control of all her songs past November 2020 was to recreate them, which is also why there are extended versions. Swift also released “Fearless” in April, which originally came out in 2008.
“Red” originally released in November 2012. As The Daily Beast notes, “Red (Taylor’s Version)” caught listeners by storm, and sold an estimated 500,000 copies last week, which broke Spotify records and ended up being the high first-week sales total of 2021.
Having announced the re-release back in June, Swift pushed up the release by a week, and kicked off the revamped album by appearing on two late night shows – one with Jimmy Fallon on Nov. 11, and then another with Seth Meyers.
Taylor Swift’s fans — commonly known as “swifties” — have bombarded Gyllenhaal’s social media pages in an effort to defend their idol, drawing criticism for their somewhat aggressive attacks in the process.
Although there is clear bad blood between the two, the credibility of Swift’s lyrics have been questioned. There is also some hypocrisy present within Swift’s lyrics, as she too has dated younger men. In 2012, 22-year-old Swift dated 18-year-old Conor Kennedy, who was still in high school at the time.
Andrew Rhoades is a Contributing Reporter at The National Digest based in New York. A Saint Joseph’s University graduate, Rhoades’ reporting includes sports, U.S., and entertainment. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.