The Gyllenhall parents are apparently suffering some financial difficulties, as revealed in court documents regarding their divorce. Since they’re getting divorced they probably have other issues also, although I guess they won’t be fighting over the kids.
Jake Gyllenhaal and his sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal, may be famous actors with equally A-list squeezes, but it looks like their parents haven’t been reaping the benefits of their children’s success.
According to divorce documents obtained by TMZ, Stephen Gyllenhaal and Naomi Foner are in deep financial trouble. The couple, who separated last January, apparantly acquired some serious debt during the course of their marriage, including mortgage payments, home equity lines of credit against their two homes, several credit cards and “various outstanding loans.”
Naomi, a screenwriter, says she had to take out a loan during the writer’s strike because she had no money coming in.
Gyllenhaal allegedly told Foner of their finances, “I have been clear that if worse comes to worse, I will let all of this collapse into ruin, just as I believe letting the markets crash and burn are the right approach.”
Uh huh. How about just asking your kids for help?
Jake and Maggie could probably help their parents our financially, and that is probably the right thing to do for the people who raised you, clothed you and fed you for 18 years or so, but I can sort of see the other side of this. Once you begin to help someone financially it can be a slippery slope of endless handouts, and going beyond that person, but also to others who might be looking to your generosity. Also, if they assisted in paying off the mortgage on that home, would that then be some kind of statement supporting whichever parent was living there at the time?
The other issue is that perhaps they weren’t aware of the financial strife their parents were in.
Hopefully their divorce and financial issues can pass without further drama.
Naomi Foner and Stephen Gyllenhaal are shown in the header at a screening of Brokeback Mountain on 11/29/05. Jake Gyllenhaal is shown with his mom below on 6/14/07. Credit: WENN