Jake Gyllenhaal Plays Coy About Ex-Girlfriend Taylor Swift: She’s a “Beautiful Girl”

Jake Gyllenhaal and Taylor Swift
Jake Gyllenhaal fielded questions from Howard Stern about ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift  George Pimentel/WireImage.com; Anthony Harvey/Getty Images

Shakin' it off. Fans were in a tizzy on Monday, July 20, after Good Morning America welcomed Jake Gyllenhaal to the show as his ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift's hit song "Bad Blood" played in the background — but Gyllenhaal himself says he wasn't at all fazed by the coincidence. In fact, he told Howard Stern on Wednesday that he didn't even notice.

The shock jock brought up the incident during an interview with the Southpaw actor, 34, on his SiriusXM radio show, pointing out that it was a "big deal" on social media. "Were you aware of that?" he asked. 

Gyllenhaal replied with a laugh and a simple "no," then went on to add, "First of all, I did not hear that. When I'm doing an interview, when you are up at 5 a.m. and you can't make sense of words, you're not thinking about the background music that's playing behind you."

Stern joked that the show's producers were "up to shenanigans" and played the song on purpose to "make some sort of association." But Gyllenhaal didn't take the bait. 

"I'm sure they have so much music on that show playing all the time," he demurred. "It's just one of those things."

Stern continued to press the star about his relationship with the "Style" singer, 25, whom Gyllenhaal dated briefly in 2011, and who's now hot and heavy with Scottish DJ Calvin Harris. "I feel — and this is me stepping in — you should have married Taylor Swift, and I'll tell you why," he said. "What a power couple!" 

He continued: "I would have said, 'Jake, this is The One.' Because to me, nothing is sexier than a woman who can play songs and write." 

Gyllenhaal, for his part, had nothing but nice things to say about the pop sensation, telling Stern she's a "beautiful girl."

He played dumb, though, when Stern's co-host Robin Quivers asked about the song Swift had written about him — "All Too Well," from her 2012 album Red.

"Do I [have a song]? I don't know," he quipped.

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