Jake Gyllenhaal Claims “All Too Well” Is About Taylor Swift’s Relationship with Her Fans and Not About Him

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Swifties all over the world have been waiting for this moment, and it has finally arrived.

Jake Gyllenhaal has no hard feelings when it comes to Taylor Swift releasing the ten-minute version of “All Too Well” last fall, he said in an interview. 

The original song was released in October of 2012. The lyrics are said to be about Swift and Gyllenhaal’s short-lived romance, which only lasted for three months or so. 

The extended version release sparked another round of speculation from fans about the role he might have in Swift’s then heartbreak. And as expected, fans threw unkind criticisms worldwide. 

When asked about “All Too Well,” Gyllenhaal replied by saying, “It has nothing to do with me.” He added, “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.” 

Gyllenhaal turned off comments on Instagram during the extended version’s debut, so many people speculated that he was personally affected by the online criticism.

“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,” said Gyllenhaal. 

“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,” he continued. 

“My question is: Is this our future,” Gyllenhaal further stated. “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 that he didn’t get to listen to Red (Taylor’s Version) when asked if he had.

Posted by Georgina Stewart

Georgina is a singer and songwriter. She loves writing about music and everything that comes with it.

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