Jake Gyllenhaal: It's "Okay" Being Single Again

Celebrity News Apr. 13, 2010 AT 10:30AM
Jake Gyllenhaal: It's "Okay" Being Single Again Credit: Courtesy of Peggy Sirota/GQ

How's single life treating Jake Gyllenhaal these days?

"It's ... it's okay," he says in May's GQ.

A few years ago, Gyllenhaal -- who has since split from Reese Witherspoon -- boasted that "the most important job for a man is to find the right woman."

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Does he still feel that way?

"Mmmm," he says. "It goes in either direction. I think it's important for every man to find the right woman and every woman to find the right man."

Asked if that's the most important thing, he pauses for a long time. "Who am I to say what the most important thing in life is?" he replies. "The best answer I could give to any of those things is that I really don’t know. Particularly right now in my life."

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Gyllenhaal's parents -- film director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner -- finalized their divorce last year after 29 years of marriage.

He says such events can "bring out the truth and honesty in a relationship, and that's greatly relieving to everyone — that people can kind of move and change and grow. And so in some ways, as much pain as there is, there's also a positive outlook on it. And thinking, you know, some relationships last a lifetime, and some relationships don't."

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He says his parents' split hasn't affected his personal view about relationships. "Like I said, I think it takes a lot of courage for my parents to make the decision that they made, and I trust both of them and their outlook on life," he says. "They're wonderful parents to me and my sister [Maggie]."

"I think any successful marriage, even if it hasn’t lasted for a lifetime, will create a sense of an ideal," he goes on. "But I don’t have a fantasy. There's not a fantasy. I know it's messy, is what I want to say."

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"Family ... my family, you know ... I love them ..." he adds. "Whatever they do, whatever they are ... I love them..."

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