The actor, who dated the “Bad Blood” singer for three months way back in 2010, let that be known when he shut down an interviewer’s attempt to ask him about their breakup. When a reporter for The Guardian started prodding about Gyllenhaal’s private life, the 36-year-old explained, “I’m not necessarily guarded, but I consider intimacy to be very important and I don’t think everybody needs to know about my family or my personal details.”
“I’m old school in that way,” he added.
However, Gyllenhaal became quite defensive when the journalist questioned why he would date Swift in the first place, knowing full well the 27-year-old will most likely write a song about their romance.
“I think when you’re in a relationship, you are constantly scrutinized, your friends are scrutinized, but…” he said, trailing off. According to the writer, Gyllenhaal then stared at him and gave an exaggerated shrug.
When pressed about listening to Swift’s songs rumored to be about their split, including “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “The Moment I Knew,” and “All Too Well,” Gyllenhaal retorted, “I would love to not talk about my personal life.”
“I would love to talk about the movie,” he said “through a cold smile,” according to the interviewer.
As a final blow, the Life star called out the reporter for trying to dig for gossip, sarcastically telling him, “You seem like a very smart person who has done their research, particularly into tabloid research, which is obviously the most important of all research.”
After reportedly going into a speech about “really not liking being asked about Taylor Swift 15 minutes ago,” Gyllenhaal told the journalist before walking out of the sit-down, “It’s an irony to me when people say: ‘An entertainer or actor should not be political,’ because it’s very easy to sideline people and, for instance, ask about past relationships or things that I believe are meant to be private.”
Harsh. And that’s why you don’t ask him about Taylor Swift.