Jake Gyllenhaal hasn’t listened to Taylor Swift’s extended version of her hit song “All Too Well,” and he doesn’t have any plans to either.
In a new interview with Esquire, the actor comments for the first time about the song that had everyone speculating about the reason his relationship with Swift ended so quickly.
The former couple only dated for about three months 12 years ago and Swift’s 10-minute-long remake of her song “All Too Well” seems to suggest that their age difference (she was 20 and he was 29 at the time) played a major part in their budding relationship’s demise.
It has nothing to do with me. It’s about her relationship with her fans,” he said. “It is her expression. Artists tap into personal experiences for inspiration, and I don’t begrudge anyone that.”
While he said the time after the song’s release was not hard on him, he spoke more generally about how he believes stars should communicate with their fans when asked about turning off his comments.
Jake Gyllenhaal further spoke about Taylor Swift fans calling him a ‘villain’ and revealed the reason behind disabling comments on Instagram. The Spider-Man actor added, “At some point, I think it’s important that when a star’s supporters become unruly, we feel a responsibility to make them civil again and not allow cyberbullying. This involves a deeper philosophical question. About how we have to take responsibility for what we do. My question is: is this our future? Is anger our future? Or can we use empathy and civility in conversations?”
He added that he has not listened to the album and said he’s very aware that “there’s interest” in his personal life. “My life is wonderful. I have a relationship that is truly wonderful, and I have a family I love so much,” added Gyllenhaal. “And this whole period of time has made me realize that.”