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Jake Gyllenhaal, wearing Gucci, attends the 10th Annual LACMA ART+FILM GALA honoring Amy Sherald, Kehinde Wiley, and Steven Spielberg presented by Gucci at Los Angeles County Museum of Art on November 06, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Taylor Swift attends the "All Too Well" New York Premiere on November 12, 2021 in New York City.

Jake Gyllenhaal is finally addressing Taylor Swift’s 2012 song, “All Too Well.” Swift, 32, dated Gyllenhaal, 41, for three months in 2010, and brought their romance back into the spotlight last November with the re-release of Red (Taylor’s Version), an album which features several songs widely thought to be about Gyllenhaal, including a 10-minute version of “All Too Well.”

In a new profile for Esquire, the Nightcrawler actor reacted to Swift’s lyrics, saying specifically of “All Too Well” that “it has nothing to do with me.” He told the magazine, “It’s about her relationship with her fans. It is her expression. Artists tap into personal experiences for inspiration, and I don’t begrudge anyone that.”

Without directly naming Swift, Gyllenhaal seems to imply that his ex had a duty to encourage her fans not to publicly attack him in response to her music. “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,” he said. “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. Is this our future? Is anger and divisiveness our future? Or can we be empowered and empower others while simultaneously putting empathy and civility into the dominant conversation? That’s the discussion we should be having.”

Gyllenhaal said he has not listened to the new version of the album, and when asked what he’s learned from the attention surrounding the song’s release, he responded, “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 realize that.” The actor is currently dating model Jeanne Cadieu, 26, and told the magazine of their relationship, “In a lot of ways, we’re family. I’m in a relationship that is full of love and support. I feel so at ease.”

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