In “duh” news, Us Weekly has a story claiming that Ryan Phillippe doesn’t like ex Reese Witherspoon’s sorta boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal. Is that supposed to be surprising? By most accounts Phillippe cheated on Witherspoon, so it seems like he should keep his opinions to himself. I must be blind or really naive, but what’s not to like about Jake Gyllenhaal, other than the fact that he’s dating your ex-wife? He’s not exactly a rebel; he seems reasonably smart and nice. I’ve heard he can be a bit bossy, but that’s not the end of the world. It’s likely just jealousy crap. See, guys can be bitchy too!
“Ryan Phillippe hasn’t exactly offered a warm welcome to ex Reese Witherspoon’s off-again, on-again guy, Jake Gyllenhaal, 26. ‘Ryan is pissed about Jake,’ a Phillippe insider tells Us Weekly, adding that Phillippe, 32, told Witherspoon, 31, ‘he didn’t want “that guy” around their kids [son Deacon, 3, and daughter Ava, 7] and then made some crude Brokeback Mountain remark.’
“However, a Gyllenspoon source tells Us that ‘Reese doesn’t have Jake spend the night when the kids are around.’ And though the actor may be angry that Witherspoon is moving on, his feelings for Aussie actress Abbie Cornish, 25, are less conflicted. Phillippe was seeing his Stop Loss costar at the time of his split from Witherspoon last October (his rep denied any relationship), and while the twosome seemed to cool after his marriage broke up, a source close to the couple tells Us, ‘They have been hanging out [again] since June.’”
“On August 5, the pair were seen strolling together in L.A.’s Franklin Canyon Park. ‘They were laughing,’ says an onlooker, ‘and obviously enjoying themselves.’”
[From Us Weekly]
A “Brokeback Mountain” joke, really? That’s pretty lame. Reese also seems pretty uptight and proper (I mean that in a good way, you don’t see it a lot in Hollywood) and she and Jake seem like a match that makes sense. Ryan Phillippe never seemed to have a lot of substance, and his supposed jealousy of Reese wasn’t exactly helpful to their relationship. I think the reason everyone got so excited at the prospect of Reese and Jake dating is that they seem like such a cute match. He’s said to love kids, she’s got ‘em, it’s a match made in heaven. Okay really, it’s impossible to know, but let’s hope that Ryan is able to be a little more mature, for the sake of their kids. It’s pretty rare that you have a Bruce Willis/Demi Moore/Ashton Kutcher situation where everyone loves each other and they become one giant extended family. I hope this couple sticks around, they’re adorable.
Picture note by JayBird: Here’s Jake Gyllenhaal at LAX a few months ago. Header image of Reese and Ryan in happier days, at the “Walk the Line” premiere. Image thanks to PR Photos.