OFFSTAGE: Taylor Swift Will Have to Write a Long Song About Jake Gyllenhaal

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If any of these recently-reported Swiftenhaal sightings mean anything, it’s that the song Taylor Swift eventually and inevitably will write about Gyllenhaal will be a very long one. Because unlike Swift’s other romances that have seemed to come and go in a flash (Drew, Joe Jonas, John Mayer, Cory Monteith, Taylor Lautner), this one with actor Jake Gyllenhaal could be more of the long-term, on-again-off-again variety. The two were spotted together Wednesday night (Jan. 19) in Nashville having dinner at the Bound’ry. People magazine is reporting that a patron said, “They were cordial to one another, but not affectionate.” So if I had to speculate, since Gyllenhaal was in Nashville, it could mean that he was coming to Swift’s home turf to say he was sorry for breaking things off in December and that he wants to win her back. And maybe he wanted to do so before she left for her Asia in February to get her international Speak Now tour up and running. We will never know what the two of them talked about on Wednesday. Small talk? Work and the weather? But I have a feeling Gyllenhaal wishes he could go back to December.

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