It’s been a decade since Swift released “All Too Well,” and despite all of the rumors that the song is about their stint together, Gyllenhaal has stayed quiet about the whole thing…
With the re-release of the song on the singer’s Red (Taylor’s Version) album, the rumors have sparked again, and according to Esquire, Gyllenhaal said he turned off his Instagram comments when the album dropped, just knowing the shit storm that was ahead.
With that being said, he says that he believes the song isn’t about him at all:
“It has nothing to do with me. 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.”
For him, it was big picture… and the kind of comments he got on Instagram, the vitriol and the hate, is the same thing he sees in our divisive political culture these days. He asked the question… what is the star’s responsibility to keep their fans in line:
“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. 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.
My question is: Is this our future? 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.”
And more specifically, he cut straight to the point on if the song affected him in any way or not, just incase it really was about him:
“My life is wonderful. I have a relationship that is truly wonderful, and I have a family I love so much.
And this whole period of time has made me realize that.”