Jake Gyllenhaal & Reese Witherspoon might have split, but they’re denying it

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Late Sunday afternoon, People Magazine dropped the bomb! Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon are O-V-E-R. And if it’s People Magazine doing the first reporting on it, you know the source is coming straight from Reese or Jake, or both. So, yeah – they’re done. They’ve been dating since maybe late 2006, when they were working on Rendition, after Reese and Ryan Phillippe separated and began divorce proceedings. As far as I know, I think Jake is the only person Reese has dated after her split with Ryan. Jake was also photographed with Reese and Ryan’s two kids often enough, so you know that the relationship was something real – real enough to have Jake acting like a step-dad, at least.

Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal have split, a source close to the actress tells PEOPLE. No further details were given.

Witherspoon, 33, and Gyllenhaal, 28, costarred in the 2007 movie Rendition, after which rumors started flying about them as an off-screen couple.

By the summer of 2008, however, the rumors appeared to be confirmed, thanks, in part, to an extended Bastille Day holiday in Paris – followed, the next month, when they were seen in Marrakech, spending a Saturday strolling hand-in-hand, checking out bazaar stalls, before stepping into the shade for lunch, according to reports.

Come that Sunday, the couple reportedly stayed in their suites at the 5-star Amanjena Hotel, described as a beautiful, romantic getaway boasting a view of the Atlas Mountains.

By that fall, Witherspoon was telling Vogue about Gyllenhall: “He’s very supportive. Suffice it to say, I’m very happy in life, and I’m very lucky to have a lot of really supportive people around me who care very much for me, and, you know, that’s all you can hope for in life. I am very blessed in that way.”

This spring, in April, the two enjoyed a steamy escape to the Southern California desert, where they looked cozy together at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. “Reese looked cute in a hat and bikini,” an eyewitness told PEOPLE. “She was in a great mood and kept chatting with Jake between sips of a piña colada.”

And as recently as last month, things still appeared to be running smoothly between the two, with Witherspoon telling InStyle, “We spend the weekends outside L.A, in Ojai, where I have a farmhouse. We have chickens and we grow cucumbers and tomatoes. I love it. It reminds me of where I grew up in Tennessee.”

[From People]

I asked CB if she thought Jake was gay, since I know that’s coming – you know, a lot of people will be like “oh, it was a fake relationship anyway, Reese was a beard.” But I don’t think Jake is gay, and CB doesn’t either. Granted, he twitches a little on the gaydar, but CB thinks he’s just one of those ultra-sensitive metrosexual-types. She also thinks that he’s probably got commitment issues, and that they’ve been broken up for at least several weeks, judging from all of the photos of Reese solo, looking grumpy. To me, Jake seems like the kind of guy who is compulsively wholesome – utterly vanilla, always interested in being “the good guy” and the savior. I’d imagine he’s one of those men who likes to “fix” damaged women. As for Reese – well, I like her, but I get that she’s not everybody’s cup of tea. She seems really anal-retentive and high-maintenance, which would be a turn-off for a lot of men. Jake managed well enough for years though – so I really have no idea what broke them up. I suspect we never will know – Jake and Reese don’t seem like the kind of celebrity to use a split to win sympathy points.

UPDATE: Now People Magazine has a denial from their reps Nanci Ryder and Carrie Byalick, who rep Witherspoon and Gyllenhaal respectively- they told People, “It’s not true…They are still together.” Whatever. I guess maybe they’re hanging on.

Reese and Jake in happier times, in Palm Springs, California at the Coachella Music Festival on April 18, 2009. Also, photo of Jake and Reese on October 21, 2007 in Rome. Credit: WENN & PicApp/Getty.

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  1. eternalcanadian says:

    If People Magazine says it is so, it usually is. Although People Magazine does goof up once in a while, it is a rarity so yeah, that’s too bad about Jake and Reese. They were a cute couple.

  2. Dorothy says:

    I love Jake and I loved them together!!!! Did I mention I LOVE Jake??

  3. Firestarter says:

    I don’t know why people think he is gay. He has had several girlfriends and long term ones at that. Just because he doesn’t rush to the altar or because he was in Brokeback Mountain, shouldn’t be reasons to assume he is gay (not that there is anything wrong if he is). Heath Ledger never married and he was in the same movie, so why didn’t he get the gay rumors as well? I began to notice that after the movie came out, that was when people started their stupid chatter.

  4. DoMaJoReMc says:

    “She seems really anal-retentive and high-maintenance..”

    I’m pretty sure, to look at her photos when she is out and about, that she is FAR from high maintenence. She isn’t all about the hair and make-up and glam. She is seen quite often without make-up and in her kick-around-clothes. She apperas to me to be very unassuming. Anyway, I really like this couple, especially the way Jake is with her children. I hope the rumors are not true.

  5. Kevin says:

    I’m thinking Jake’s not going to totally let go until he finds out wether Adam Lambert is a go or not.

  6. Tess says:

    It’s very hard to make a relationship work well for all when there are children whose father isn’t the mother’s boyfriend.

  7. Melanie says:

    Jake has been filming in Pittsburgh, that’s why you have seen around L.A. solo. She also finished filming a movie in Philly in October. They have been visiting each other on set away from the paps.

    I’m glad their reps. squashed this.

  8. Ursula says:

    Both of them irritate me, and for no reason at all. Just that they bore the heck out of me. So my reaction to this split (and I believe they have split) is meh. They have zero chemistry. They could be brother and sister.

  9. Kate says:

    Jake Gyllenhaal is gay and his “relationship” with Witherspoon is just a fauxmance – it is very obvious if you are Jake fan.

    After all those arranged photo ops it is easy to see that Reese and Jake are doing this for publicity (straight image, Avon), and this looks just like another publicity stunt for boring fauxmance “couple”.

  10. Kate says:

    P.S. Doesn’t Jake have the movie ‘Brothers’ coming out this Friday?

    Perfect timing for a rumor like this to come out, right?

  11. ViktoryGin says:

    I hold no disdain for Reese, but if they have broken up for the sake of shameless celeb voyerism….I’m not grieving. Glad even? I just never liked the two of them together. Because my opinion should matter to them. I think I would like Gyllenhaal with…thinking of respectable starlets in Hollywood and drawing a blank.

  12. fizXgirl314 says:

    firestarter, I think Heath Ledger was married to that michelle woman and had a daughter with her right?

    I don’t know what is up with all these gay rumors though… if you’re an actress, you’re fat and lonely and if you’re an actor you’re gay… that seems to be about the depth people’s opinions are willing to go

  13. Lem says:

    that movie “brothers’ looks so emotionally disturbing! I can’t even imagine how heart wrenching for everyone involved (a real life version).
    I’m not a big theater go-er. I can’t decide whether to take several boxes of Kleenex and sit it or avoid it like the plague.
    Even the promo spots hit me hard! I know it’s a movie and all but I imagine it’s real to somebody and my heart just goes out to them. I can’t even fathom. how do you get past such a thing and make it right?

  14. Dorothy says:

    Heath and Michelle Williams were not married only dating but they do have a daughter together.

    JAKE IS NOT GAY, not that there is anything wrong with that… (totally showing my age with the Seinfield joke)

  15. Tess says:

    I think that the gay rumors about so many actors arise from the nature of their profession.

    The arts are all about transcending boundaries and limitations. Sexual taboos are powerful and the urge to cross them equally powerful for people who are drawn to the arts.

  16. Firestarter says:

    @fizX- He and Michelle never married, but they did have a daughter, Matilda, together.

    You are so right, if you aren’t married you are either gay, ugly or a miserable bitch/bastard. It can’t possibly be because you don’t WANT to get married. Because we all know so many marriages are on such solid ground and happy!

  17. snowball says:

    Reese and Jake just seem like a nice couple, emphasis on nice. I haven’t seen them do the big red carpet stuff, they seem to like (or at least be photographed liking) just plain normal stuff together.

    With all the stuff she went through with Ryan and the amount of time she really went date-less, I thought her going out with Jake was really thought out.

    Eh, anyway, if they broke up, that’s a bummer and if they’re still together, that’s nice.

    I never thought Jake was gay and don’t believe Reese would be in it to be his beard. The whole, keeping it family-oriented for Avon’s sake is hilarious.

    And Kevin, you made me gurgle my coffee. I’m pretty sure Adam would take all comers.

  18. crash2GO2 says:

    I really liked these two together – their pictures together. Jake always has this goofy sweet ‘in love’ look in his eyes. I hope it’s not true that they’ve parted ways.

    Firestarter, you are so right about people’s assumptions regarding singles and gayness. I’ve spent most of my adult life single, but because I’m an attractive person, people puzzle about why I’m single and often come to the conclusion that I must be gay. Because it just COULDN’T be that I’m happy being single and don’t NEED a man to feel complete. Although heaven knows a good man is always appreciated. 😉

  19. bella says:

    Jake’s a “nice” guy who once said something like “the best thing a man can do for his children is love their mother – my Dad taught me that.” That’s probably why so many people think he’s gay. He’s actually just well-brought-up. How amazing in this day and age, right?

    I like them together, and he seems to treat Reese and her children like gold. I hope they haven’t broken up.

  20. Iggles says:

    Run like the wind Toothy! Be free!

  21. Tia C says:

    The most boring couple in Hollywood broke up. Wow. Having a hard time containing my profound sadness. Must be a REAL slow news day.

  22. Tess says:

    Bella, did Jake’s father say that before or after he and his mother got divorced?

  23. Kevin says:

    Tess, you are on fire today!!! SMOKIN!!!

  24. publicity is money says:

    “That’s probably why so many people think he’s gay.”

    People think Jake is gay because he loves gay sex and beards with Reese Witherspoon.

    Who would ever talk about dull and dumped Reese without this showmance?

  25. Firestarter says:

    Publicity is money- And you know this as fact, how? Where is the proof that Jake is gay?

    Also, Reese may be dull to the majority of you, but she is an Oscar winning actress, who likes to live a low key life and doesn’t go out of her way to be cheap, tawdry and scandalous to keep her name in the public eye. She also is a refreshing air in an industry littered with duck lips, rail thin figures and motionless, shiny, Botoxed faces. I like the woman and I think it is really sad that in this day and age people have to constantly accuse certain celebs of being gay. Who cares anyway? If she is his beard and he is gay and they are okay with the relationship, what is it to anyone here?

    I do not care if he is gay, like Reese, he seems like a down to earth, decent person who deserves some respect and not a bunch of bullshit speculation on his sexuality, that affecta no one but him.

  26. Mairead says:

    Hollywood is the only place in the Western world where nobody is Bi. One thing or other. No middleground. No grey. 🙄

    And people keep thinking he’s gay because of that twerp Ted Casablancas and his Toothy Tile story. Jakey is about the only actor NOT included in his “And it Ain’ts”. Who knows if toothy even exists – I can’t tell. Reading his blinds is like taking an exploding kaliedoscope to the eyes.

  27. Firestarter says:

    Sorry, but I guess I am a little slow here, but I have no idea what Toothy Tile means. I have Googled it and can only find things that do not tell me what the heck it means.

    I know it was a Ted C thing (Thanks Mairead) but I have no idea what teh phrase means. Can someone fill me in please????

  28. diva says:

    I think Jake finally got the memo that he is hawt! He probably wants to be like any young guy at that age and go tear up the town, not sit at home with Reese and play step-dad. Two different lifestyles coming into play, figured this would happen and he is still in his twenties so their is a big difference in maturity.

  29. Lem says:

    Fire: that’s a box best not opened. You don’t want to go trying to decipher that Ted idiot unless you like smoke coming out your ears.
    Toothy Tile is Ted’s nickname for Jake. Or more correctly Toothy is Ted’s bread n butter paycheck. A nickname for a blind about a gay actor always inches away from coming out of the closet who likes to do ‘it’ in parking garages and pick up boys in West Hollyhood parking lots and yada yada natch. Ted has said ‘and it ain’t’ just about every single man on film besides Jake. He seems to be on a serious vendetta to ‘out’ Jake and Reese for that matter. The diehards are convinced Toothy is Jake. There are alot of coincidental comparisons. Ted will say, saw Toothy hiking today. Seacrest will then show pics of Jake hiking that day.
    If you’re really bored or really curious there are 4 years worth of back stories to google. Actually several sites have the entire catalog.
    (must be a really big rock you’ve been hiding under)

  30. Firestarter says:

    @Lem- Thanks for the update. but no I haven’t been hiding under a rock. I had heard stories about Jake possibly being gay, but I do not follow Ted Casablancas and all his hateful crap, just as I do not find Ian Halperin (who I only recently became aware of) a credible or decent source of celebrity info. So the toothy tile ref. was lost on me. Plus, believe it or not, other than two gossip sites, I don’t spend all day trolling for celeb gossip, I do have a life (kind of!) : )

  31. Lem says:

    I don’t follow Ted either. Just thought it was common knowledge for the gossip set.
    I’d never heard of that * cough English Escort,* cough (posted here last week-ish)still can’t find anything, really. Sounds fasinating to me; but try googling “English Wh***”. lol (which is much safer than googling British Wh…)

  32. Cheyenne says:

    People mag was caught with egg all over their face and has been backpedaling furiously since last night when Jake’s rep denied the split reports.

  33. Mairead says:

    I think Lem could be an aficionado of Blind Gossip, like meself Firestarter. 😉 Well, that’s where I came across that dreck anyway. She does get some fabulous blinds herself too.

    You’re better off staying away from Tool C. His nicknames make we want to do severe damage with the business end of a mace. Crotch Uh-Lastic is supposedly (the lovely) James Franco, Fierce A La Ferocity is allegedly Angie Jo for example. 🙄 Who knows if half his crap is real.

  34. Lem says:

    mairead, you read right. But toothy is common knowledge, no?

    Tool C it shall be! I try to avoid him but dang if BG doesn’t leave them up on Fridays to torture me. Kinda like CB and Aniston 🙁

  35. Kerry says:

    Nothing seems to be enough for this picky b**** – TicTacDo Just read this and thought about Ms.Witherspoon. It’s obvious that Jake was so in love with her and probably bent over backwards to help her be a good mom. She just seems to uptight – sometimes you just have to go with it – nothing will EVER be perfect, Reese!

  36. Kerry says:

    Plus, she ain’t getting any younger… time’s a wasting Reese – don’t throw away the good ones, they won’t be there once you grow up!