OFFSTAGE: Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal in Nashville

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OK. I guess we better start taking this Taylor Swift-Jake Gyllenhaal thing seriously. When the two stars were spotted here and there together in California, it could’ve meant anything. Maybe he was researching a role for a movie. Perhaps she was recruiting him for one of her music videos. Maybe they wanted to join celeb forces for some kind of political or humanitarian cause. Or maybe he was just still trying to shake that Brokeback Jack Twist stigma once and for all. But now that Gyllenhaal and Swift were seen hanging out in Nashville over the holiday weekend, having breakfast at the hip coffeehouse Fido near Vanderbilt University on Saturday (Nov. 27), it can only mean one thing: Love, and the eventual song Swift will write about it. Although I hope the song is the kind that has a happy ending.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.