Jake Gyllenhaal’s whirlwind romance with country crooner Taylor Swift is ending not with a whimper, but a bang. The explosive relationship left one question unanswered: Who dropped who?
Initially, Swift, 21, appeared to be the moving party.
She told Allure magazine last year: “I have a phobia about being in the wrong relationship. So as soon as I establish that it’s not the right one, I don’t want to waste their time,” she said.
But new reports claim that Gyllenhaal, 30, pulled the plug on the relationship, leaving Swift shocked and devastated. “Jake reached out to her and started all of this, but now he’s not acting as interested,” a source told Us Weekly (on stands today).
“He said he wasn’t feeling it anymore and was uncomfortable with all the attention they got,” says the insider. “He also said he could feel the age difference. Taylor is really upset. We told her not to move so fast with this but she didn’t listen.”
Swift was said to be smitten when Gyllenhaal reached out to her at a dinner meeting reportedly arranged by Gwyenth Paltrow.
The relationship grew hot and heavy enough that both visited their respective families and Gyllenhaal showered Swift with expensive gifts, including a $100,000 bracelet, for her 21st birthday.
“Jake cares about her, but [the publicity] was a lot for him,” says another source from Gyllenhaal’s camp. “He wants to keep his private life private, and that’s hard to do dating Taylor.”
The same hyper publicity ultimately doomed the relationship between Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez and the breakup damaged both their careers.
Swift has a huge fan base and it’s hard to see how they could look on Gyllenhaal in a positive light.
As for Swift, she’s been unlucky in love.
She famously dated Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers in 2008 and the relationship ended disastrously. Jonas broke up with her by sending her a text email.
At the time, Swift said another woman, actress Camilla Belle, came between them.
She had an equally whirlwind romance with John Mayer, 32, last year, that also ended just as quickly as it began.
Taylor wrote a bitter song about the breakup.
Gyllenhaal has previously dated Kristen Dunst and Reese Witherspoon.
Swift celebrated the New Year alone in Nashville, while Gyllenhaal, was in New York. He was seen alone at the closing party for Broadway’s “Fela!” the following day.