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It’s been three months since Taylor Swift released her version of Red to the public, the same amount of time that she reportedly dated Jake Gyllenhaal. Now, the actor has finally shared his opinions about the album. Red (Taylor’s Version) features 30 unique tracks, many of them rumored to be about Gyllenhaal. “All Too Well” in particular has long been thought to chronicle the Donnie Darko star’s relationship with the songwriter.

Jake Gyllenhaal in a blue jacket and pink shirt
Jake Gyllenhaal | Robert Smith/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Taylor Swift fans believe ‘All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)’ is about Jake Gyllenhaal

“All Too Well” has been a favorite amongst Swifties for years. But the Speak Now artist gave her loyal fans even more of a treat when she was doing promotion for Red (Taylor’s Version). Not only did she release a 10-minute version of the song, but she also performed the tune on Saturday Night Live! But Swift wasn’t done yet, she also released a short film inspired by the song which featured herself, Sadie Sink, and Dylan O’Brien.

The actor caught a lot of heat when ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ was released

Given the age gap between O’Brien and Sink, it seemed that Swift was referencing her relationship with Gyllenhaal. It didn’t take long before Gyllenhaal found his way into the narrative. Swift’s fans were saying negative things about the actor. Some celebrities even weighed in, with Dionne Warick urging the actor to return the famous scarf.

“If that young man has Taylor’s scarf he should return it,” Warick penned about Gyllenhaal. “It does not belong to you. Box it up and I will pay the cost of postage, Jake.” Though Gyllenhaal didn’t respond to Swift’s song at the time, he did turn off his Instagram comments. However, in a recent interview with Esquire, the actor finally responded to the song.

Gyllenhaal responds to the 10-minute song

“It has nothing to do with me,” Gyllenhaal said of Swift’s “All Too Well”. “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.” Continuing on, the 41-year-old revealed that he had not listened to Red (Taylor’s Version) at all.


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But though Gyllenhaal seemed fine with Swift sharing her experience of their relationship, he did have something to say about social media harassment. Though he didn’t explicitly mention Swift, it seems as if he was referencing her relationship with her fans. Some Swifties have a history of doxxing and harassing people online in Swift’s name. And while the “Blank Space” singer has a close parasocial relationship with her fans, she has yet to call them out for poor behavior.

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“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 stated. “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.”