Born on December 19, 1980, to American parents who are already established in the entertainment industry, it was only natural for Jake Gyllenhaal to tread the same path as his folks and he did. As expected, he started off very early as an actor, seemingly with the guidance of his parents – film director and poet Stephen Gyllenhaal and Naomi Foner, a screenwriter. He debuted onscreen in 1991 in the comedy movie City Slickers with his breakthrough coming in 1999 via his role as Homer Hickam in October Sky.
A few decades down the line, Jake Gyllenhaal has been in more movies than we can mention and got the deserved recognition for his contributions. He has landed several awards and nominations at prestigious award bodies including Screen Actors Guild Award, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor, Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, BAFTA Award and of course, the Golden Globe Awards.
Admittedly, with such popularity comes many probes into one’s private life, a situation Jake couldn’t escape from. He has been called a lot of things and his sexuality has been the victim of several speculations in the past. Then, there’s that dramatic relationship with Taylor Swift. We explore the fascinating facts about the personal life of Jake Gyllenhaal and every other detail you might find intriguing.
Is Jake Gyllenhaal Gay?
For most, if not all thespians, playing a gay role and nailing it suggests homosexuality in the public eye. Jake Gyllenhaal has played more than one of those roles and had his fair share of speculations. In 2005, he played a gay role in Brokeback Mountain. His role as Jack Twist did not just receive critical acclaim but also earned his major recognition from award bodies. One of his recent projects – Netflix thriller Velvet Buzzsaw is another pointer that could fuel the gay rumors plaguing the actor. In the 2019 project, Jake portrays Morf Vandewalt, a gay art dealer and his steamy sex scene has done more harm than good to the rumors making the rounds about his sexual orientation.
Notwithstanding, Jake’s movie roles do not define who he is in real life. Although it gives him a sense of fulfillment to contribute to making gay people feel good about who they really are, the American actor is not gay, at least if the people he has been in a relationship with are anything to go by.
Is He Married or Dating Anyone?
From Kirsten Dunst to Reese Witherspoon, Taylor Swift and Alyssa Miller, Jake Gyllenhaal has dated quite a handful of Hollywood beauties. He was with Dunst for almost two years and was with Reese Witherspoon, co-star on Rendition, for the same time frame. His relationship with Reese lasted from 2007 to 2009 before he moved on to widely-loved singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, followed by model Alyssa Miller but none of these women got a permanent place in the heart of the American actor.
In other words, Jake Gyllenhaal is not married. He also dated Ruth Wilson (2015), Anna Kendrick (2011), Natalie Portman (2006), Jenny Lewis (2001). His current publicized relationship is with French model Jeanne Cadieu who he hooked up with in 2018. For now, no wedding bells are chiming from their end.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s Relationship With Taylor Swift
It was one heck of a rollercoaster affair and we couldn’t help but notice the Hollywood young couple at the time their fire for each other was burning high. Their dalliance which lasted for about two to three months was headed for doomsday right from the start. For starters, Jake was almost clocking thirty while Taylor was just a 20-year-old romantically inexperienced young girl trying to enjoy life at the fullest.
They met through Gwyneth Paltrow during one of her dinner parties at her London home. At the time of their acquaintance, Jake was in the market for a life partner and luckily, Taylor shared the same sentiment. They even spent 2010 Thanksgiving with Jake and his sister Maggie‘s family and were often seen having fun dates and holding hands in public but this wasn’t enough to convince Jake that Swift is a keeper.
A few months into their affair, before New Year’s Eve, he pulled the plug. Though Jake has dated many celebrities, his dalliance with Taylor garnered much media attention and he didn’t like it, besides, the age difference between them began to manifest in ways he wasn’t comfortable with, thus, the split.
If there’s any hope of the couple patching things up, it was all squashed with the release of Taylor’s track We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together which is believed to be about her short romance with Jake Gyllenhaal.