If you’re a Swiftie, you’ll have remembered the furore around the re-release of Red last year.
Taylor’s new version of All Too Well, the 10 minute epic, put new light on the brief relationship she had with Hollywood star Jake Gyllenhaal – who she dated for three months in 2010.
Naturally, the re-release of Red saw an increased level of media attention towards Gyllenhaal – who has now spoken publicly about the drama.
“It has nothing to do with me. It’s about her relationship with her fans,” he told Esquire.
“It is her expression. Artists tap into personal experiences for inspiration, and I don’t begrudge anyone that.”
He added that he felt Swift, 32, could have perhaps weighed in to stop some of the unpleasant messages and behaviour he received from her fans.
“At some point, I think it’s important when supporters get unruly that we feel a responsibility to have them be civil and not allow for cyberbullying in one’s name,” Gyllenhaal, 42, explained.
“That begs for a deeper philosophical question. Not about any individual, per se, but a conversation that allows us to examine how we can—or should, even—take responsibility for what we put into the world, our contributions into the world.
“How do we provoke a conversation? We see that in politics. There’s anger and divisiveness, and it’s literally life-threatening in the extreme.”
And when he was quizzed on whether he’d listened to Red, the Nightcrawler star said: “No. “I’m not unaware that there’s interest in my life. My life is wonderful. I have a relationship that is truly wonderful, and I have a family I love so much. And this whole period of time has made me realise that.”
Swift has most certainly moved on from Gyllenhaal, considering it’s been 12 years since they dated.
She is now happily coupled up with actor Joe Alwyn, with the pair having first started dating in 2016.