People: Jake Gyllenhaal wants to marry Reese & she refuses


Methinks People Magazine is doing some damage control! People just released a new story on the Jake Gyllenhaal-Reese Witherspoon rumors that began yesterday, when People first reported Jake and Reese had split. According to People’s new article, they had a source who claimed Reese “told close friends around Thanksgiving that she and Gyllenhall… had broken up.” People Magazine also does a somewhat defensive timeline of how Reese has been solo the past few weeks, as if to say “Dude, they weren’t photographed together for two weeks! What were we supposed to think?”

People goes on to make it sound like Reese and Jake have broken up several times, the working (and unspoken) theory being that Reese and Jake did actually break up a few weeks ago, but might get back together yet again. Another claim: Jake wants to marry Reese (“Jake would marry her tomorrow”) but Reese is gun-shy about re-marriage and strictly adheres to a “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy (“Jake can be a little overbearing at times, and Reese is really happy with life right now. Why screw that up or change a good thing?”).

While the precise status of the Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal relationship remains unclear – over the weekend a source close to the actress told PEOPLE the couple had split, a claim denied by their reps – the two have certainly had their share of highs and lows during their two-year relationship.

Witherspoon, 33, told close friends around Thanksgiving that she and Gyllenhall, also 33, had broken up, says the source. She was seen driving alone in Los Angeles over the weekend, then on Sunday she was spotted at the Whiskey Kitchen in Nashville – without Gyllenhaal.

As a couple, the last time they were seen together was two weeks ago, when they spent time in Philadelphia (where Reese is shooting a yet-to-be-titled movie with Oscar-winning director James L. Brooks) and in Pittsburgh (where Jake is shooting his new movie, Love and Other Drugs).

“As much as everyone thinks they’re right there, they’re really not near the whole marriage thing,” a source close to the couple told PEOPLE last spring. “Jake would marry her tomorrow, but Reese doesn’t want to go there yet, even though he would like to.”

The source adds: “There’s a huge attraction between them, and they’ve becomes a team, partners, but Jake can be a little overbearing at times, and Reese is really happy with life right now. Why screw that up or change a good thing?”

Then there are her children – daughter Ava, 10, and son Deacon, 6 – with former husband Ryan Phillippe to consider. “The kids are her first priority,” says the source. “They’re not ready for that, at least as far as Jake.”

The pair first met on the Morocco set of the movie Rendition in 2006. “Jake went and introduced himself to Reese,” a source close to both told PEOPLE. From there, “things slowly progressed, but it was never something she thought would happen from the start. She just kind of developed this little crush over time.”

But with Witherspoon’s divorce from Phillippe still pending at the time, the actress took a step back during the summer of 2007.

“They broke up. It’s totally and completely over,” a source in Witherspoon’s circle told PEOPLE at the time. “Reese was the one who had to do it. She just got out of a divorce and was so concerned with her family, she just didn’t have the time for him and he really demanded that.”

The divorce was finalized in June 2008, but moving on proved difficult for Witherspoon. “When people get in your face and say, ‘This will pass,’ you think: Are they crazy?” Witherspoon said in the April 2009 issue of Elle magazine, adding that the divorce was, “very humiliating and very isolating.”

Still, Witherspoon came to realize, “If it’s not painful, maybe it wasn’t the right decision to marry to begin with. Those are the appropriate emotions.”

Reuniting with Gyllenhaal in 2007, Witherspoon later said her beau was “really a fantastic guy.”

“He’s very supportive,” was she told Vogue last year. “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.”

Still, Witherspoon was hesitant to discuss the possibility of marrying again. Despite repeated rumors that the duo had gotten engaged, reps for the pair denied a proposal – and Witherspoon made it clear that she wasn’t ready.

“Family is all we have in life, but I don’t know how I feel about marriage,” she told Parade last year. “Obviously, I’m not far enough out of being married to think about doing it again. You sort of reconstitute your family. You find a family with people who come into your life for a reason.”

[From People]

Well, I think it’s perfectly reasonable that Reese would be rather “meh” on marriage after the chaos of being married to Ryan Phillippe. Excuse me, I mean “alleged” chaos. He was allegedly cheating on her all over the place, and I could see Reese having some big trust issues. It’s also interesting to hear that Jake is “a little overbearing” – I’m just happy to hear he’s not Mr. Perfect, although I do think it’s kind of sweet that he is the one who wants to get married and Reese is the commitment-phobic one. Good work, Reese!

Reese and Jake in New York on June 6, 2009. Also, Reese and Jake at the ‘Rendition’ premiere in Toronto on September 7, 2007. Credit: INF.

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  1. e says:

    Yeah and the whole fact that HE IS GAY might make her think twice about marriage.

  2. snowball says:

    What. The. Hell.

    Up next, People has exclusive coverage of Jake and Reese reunited on their alien spacecraft!

  3. Firestarter says:

    Good God, AGAIN, other than some stupid rumor from Ted (I don’t get any gossip right except on a lark) Casablancas, what proof is there that he is gay?

    The sad fact is that I think he is secure enough to admit to being gay if he was gay.

    Also, big deal if she was in Tenn. without him or driving around. People, however committed they may be, do, on occassion, spend time apart.

    I think Reese is enough of a woman and mother to not want to be a beard for some closet case. She doesn’t need to do anyone any favors, so what would be in it for her to go along with this “charade”? Oh yeah, I forgot, people say she is gay too.

    Someone said it on here or another web site, in the immortal words of Kurt Cobain, “Everyone is gay”

  4. Ophelia says:

    I may be totally out of the loop here, but why is there pretty much an internet-wide consensus that JG is gay? I know he was in Brokeback Mountain,(that movie was so good, I wept into a napkin half the time and I never cry at movies) but so was Heath Ledger and nobody decided he was gay. My gaydar is broken!

  5. Firestarter says:

    @Ophelia- Check out the other Jake and Reese post from earlier. Lem filled me in on the “scandal” Ted Casablancas seems to be ground zero, the bitter queen that he is.

  6. Sumodo says:

    Nobody’s asked his sister?

  7. Cheyenne says:

    He acted a gay role in a movie so that makes him gay? Am I missing something here?

  8. Linda says:

    Oh God, he’s such a fox!!

  9. lucy2 says:

    I have to agree Firestarter. It’s widely assumed that JG is Toothy Tile, Ted’s subject of many blind items about a closeted star. But I’ve never heard anyone else come up with anything beyond what Ted has “said”.
    I don’t really care either way – I like both of them as actors, and whether it’s a real relationship, a PR convenience, or just friends, that’s their business.
    I know some have said Reese isn’t all that pleasant, but I imagine she’s very driven and focused, and protective of her kids. I could see her not wanting to get married again for a while, if ever.

  10. e says:

    I don’t think Reese is gay, I just think she likes this faux relationship because it keeps her from having to deal with constant speculation on who she will hook up with next. She probably doesn’t want to get married again so why not date a gay dude who she can be friends with and they can both discretely do whomever they want on the side. Meanwhile middle America can sigh about how they make the perfect couple and buy tickets to their rom-coms and family films.

    Jake pretending to be straight has nothing to do with security…it has to do with the fact that studio execs are stuck in the dark ages. I don’t even like Ted but I think Jake likes dudes. Honestly, it is not that big of a deal.

  11. Tia C says:

    The gay rumors about JG are totally stupid. Just because he played gay in a movie does not make him gay. And I’m no fan, but that is just ridiculous. The more salient matter to me is that I can’t understand why anyone cares about The Most Boring Couple in Hollywood. I don’t even understand why I’m here commenting about it, LOL.

  12. e says:

    obviously playing someone gay in a movie does not make him gay! I don’t think people are suggesting that it does.

  13. fauxmance says:

    Having sex with men and bearding with women makes Jake Gyllenhaal gay.

    People magazine writers should learn to check basic facts – Jake is 28 and he met Ryan and Reese years before Rendition.

  14. fauxmance says:

    “I think Reese is enough of a woman and mother to not want to be a beard for some closet case.”

    Reese Witherspoon is DOING THIS FOR HERSELF, Gyllenhaal guarantees a lot of publicity and a gay man like him is interested in long term showmance (he can’t dump her after 3 months, ask Aniston about it). Reese’s PR team started “dating Gyllenhaal” rumors TWO WEEKS after she announced her divorce. Reese did everything in her power to replace “left for a younger woman” gossip with “dating younger man, she is over Ryan” fake public image.

    Check out her interviews, there is always “Reese has it all” PR message there.

  15. Firestarter says:

    Look, there are plenty of openly out actors and as much as people would like to think that the evil studio execs are behind closet cases, NEWSFLASH! There are plenty studio execs that are GAY themselves.

    Everyone likes to put this closet spin on everything, but bottom line is, the actors themselves are the ones who are fearful of coming out, not the executives at them coming out.

    Jake has had relationships with many women, and I doubt they would all be going along with the charade. Reese Witherspoon doesn’t need a faux relationship to stop specualtion on who she is dating, because what could be worse than the speculation and attention she gets from being in a relationship with a supposedly gay man. No divorced actress is that hurt by a divorce or that publicity shy of her next relationship that she would stay in a relationship for years with a gay man. Maybe in Old Hollywood that went on, but it isn’t 1950 any longer.

    Until I see him making out with some guy at Katsuya, I am of the opinoion that this is a desperate attempt of some nasty Gossip Queen to make himself relevant.

    And by all means, keep trying to legitimatize Jake’s alleged homosexuality, as I am sure you are in the know based on your inimate relationships with both Jake and Reese. There is nothing wrong with being gay, but there sure is with trying to convince people of something that has NO basis in fact.

  16. Kevin says:

    It gives her a built in shopping partner/interior decorator, which is great! I believe her production company is called Type A productions as a nod to her personality type.

  17. Leticia says:

    Her legs are so cute!

  18. diva says:

    Jake is a class act and he is being a gentleman by letting it appear as though Reese left him. In another time and place men didn’t break up with women, the code was the gentleman always lets the lady leave. It is so old school and classic that no one recognizes it anymore.

  19. Kevin says:

    Problem with that Diva is that at some point they quit leaving so changes had to be made. It’s called progress, just like global warming. heh heh

  20. Pete says:

    The reason why Reese agreed to be Jake’s beard is most likely because she wants to avoid Jennifer Aniston’s fate: to be seen as sad and lonely. There’s a ridiculous double standard in Hollywood. Besides, it keeps her name in print.

  21. bella says:

    The first blatant error in People’s article is Jake’s age: he’s 28, not 33. One can only wonder what else is incorrect.

  22. Sister Mary Francis says:

    Toothy Tile is NOT Jake. The age profile doesnt match up to this guy. You need to think along the lines of a star from Dazed and Confused or the man who had the opposite of a bottom fire arm. Do you know what im saying? Toothy Tile is OLDER then this possible princess, Jakie Poo 🙂

    I hear gay rumors about Jake but the only thing that rings true for me is that he just has “gay face” lol (tired term right?) no more no less. His make up people say he has gay face and gay lips. Thats how I first heard it lol. Kind of f’ed up.

  23. Goddess711 says:

    They’re both awesome and I don’t blame her a bit for not wanting to ruin a great relationship with marriage. Look at the headlines everyday or take a look to the left and to the right. 2 out of 3 marriages end in divorce and for some reason guys see it as some kind of conquest and then need to get some on the side to make sure they still CAN. There’s always a low self-esteem ho’bag who’s ready to move on in and serve a purpose.
    Good for Reese for saying “this is good just the way it is.”

  24. Beck says:

    Toothy Tile could be anyone…American Pie guy? I hate speculating about someone else, it’s meanspirited. Sexuality is normal but I don’t think JG is gay at all. I think he’s pretty down to earth compared to so many other Hollywood types and played Gay once so people are quick to assume that he’s gay and hiding it.

    Again, it soo false.

  25. ViktoryGin says:

    Can’t blame her. Why shoot yourself in the foot by tying yourself to a contract that WILL end in divorce. (It’s Hollywood, after all). And then have to PAY to get out of it when he’s caught messing around……

  26. jaundicemachine says:

    What the hell is she wearing?

    I can get past the fedora. . . but the sad sack with the bad 80’s watercolor blobs? So not cute.

  27. e says:

    Wow firestarter getting a little defensive? I didn’t know that YOU had such an intimate relationship with Jake and Reese…our mistake. Hasn’t Tom Cruise dated a lot of women? Guess that means he is straight.

  28. niamh (neev) says:

    A closeted gay would NEVER take on a role in Brokeback Mountain. Only a very secure straight man or an openly gay man would risk it.

    It’s so weird when women say they aren’t sure about marriage because their first one didnt work out. It’s not the freaking marriage that went wrong, it was the idiot you married!
    Now Jake is penalized. So backwards.

  29. mel says:

    Just because you play a gay character doesnt mean your gay ppl. I actually like them as a couple and hope that didnt break up.

  30. Twisted_Chuddies says:

    I like this couple….:(

  31. meme says:

    OK let’s play REAL life. Jake wants to marry Reese. She is not ready and her children (according to this article) are even more on the not ready side. Unless one has been there,this can be hard to understand. I was divorced in 1987 and was talking re-marriage in 1990. I had 3 children who were NOT ready even tho they saw their dad on a regular visitation schedule. I did it anyway, got married. My kids ended up hating my husband and him them. NONE of us were ready, but we did it. 20 years later, I wish I never did it. It hurt my children, and me because I didn’t realize how NOT ready they especially were. Trust me, Reese is doing 100% RIGHT for her children. I commend her highly for the sensibility that I wish I had years ago. I also do not believe they’ve split up, nor do I believe for one minute that Jake is gay. Some people just have nothing better to do than gossip lies.

  32. Firestarter says:

    e- I would hardly call my posts being defensive, as they are not about me.

    Like I said, there is nothing wrong with being gay, but there is something wrong when people run around spreading a rumor that has no basis in foundation.

    I would rather be a person who is not feeding in to some blind item about someone and their PERSONAL life, than to be the one swearing to God that it is true, when they are not even acquainted with the person in question.

    It is mean spirited and immature to be honest.

    Have a great day!

  33. linda says:

    One problem between them may be religious differences, particularly since she has children.