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Fans have long speculated that Jake Gyllenhaal and Taylor Swift’s breakup inspired his hit “All Too Well,” and now the actor is finally weighing in.
Swift, 32, released the song in 2012 on her album “Red,” and months ago she delighted fans with a 10-minute reissue of the song, which she also performed on “Saturday Night Live.”
The extended version sent fans into a frenzy, blaming Gyllenhaal for her 2010 split from the Grammy-winning artist after three months of dating. The backlash is believed to be the reason he disabled comments from his Instagram.
In a new interview with Esquire, Gyllenhaal shares his thoughts on the song for the first time, and whether he also believes the exes’ breakup inspired it. For her part, Swift never said if Gyllenhaal inspired the song.
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“It has nothing to do with me. It’s about his relationship with his fans,” he told the outlet.
He added, “It’s his expression. Artists draw on personal experiences for inspiration, and I don’t blame anyone.”
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Gyllenhaal informed the interviewer that Swift’s recent fan criticism hasn’t been difficult to handle despite the overwhelming attention it has garnered. It even led Dionne Warwick to go viral for her Twitter comments, in which she said she would “pay the shipping” for him to return Swift’s famous red scarf.
When the interviewer mentioned that Gyllenhaal had disabled his Instagram comments amid the media frenzy, he shared his stance on cyberbullying.
“At some point, I think it’s important, when fans become unruly, that we feel responsible for requiring them to be civil and not allow cyberbullying on their behalf,” he said.
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“It calls for a deeper philosophical question. Not about an individual per se, but about a conversation that allows us to consider how we can – or even should – take responsibility for what we put out into the world, our contributions to the world. How do we spark a conversation? We see it in politics. There’s anger and division, and it’s literally deadly in the extreme,” he continued.
Gyllenhaal said he received no threats and was not implying it.
“My question is, is this our future? Are anger and division our future? Or can we be empowered and empower others while simultaneously bringing empathy and civility into the mainstream conversation? is the discussion we should be having.”
The re-release of “All Too Well” was also mentioned in the fake news segment of “SNL” Weekend Update.
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“Well guys, I think the lesson we all learned this week is never break up with Taylor Swift or she’ll sing about you for 10 minutes on national TV,” co-anchor Colin Jost joked to the audience. thunderous cheers.
“At the very least, give the scarf back,” he added, referring to the song’s lyrics in which Swift claims the subject of the ballad still has the red scarf she left at her sister’s house. “because it reminds you of innocence and it smells like me.”