With Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal both in the middle of heavy promo tours — she having just released the blockbuster album Speak Now, allegedly chock-full of songs about her high-profile exes, and he making the publicity rounds with his "Love and Other Drugs" co-star Anne Hathaway — we knew their rumored romance would have to come up.
The first bit of question deflection occurred when Swift stopped by Ellen DeGeneres' talk show. "I'm always optimistic about love ... always, sometimes," Taylor said when asked how she feels about love right now.
The exchange that followed included DeGeneres giving Swift her unsolicited seal of approval. "It's just y'all hanging out — this does not prove anything," DeGeneres said after displaying a photo of the two out in public. "I'm just saying he's adorable, and I like him very much, and so if that is the case that he's your boyfriend, I think that's fantastic."
When Kevin Manno from MTV's "The Seven" asked the same question of Gyllenhaal, Hathaway came to his rescue.
"I need to say, I have been Jake's onscreen lover for many, many years, and I find it incredibly disrespectful to the lack of reality between us that you're asking about something real right now," Hathaway, who also co-starred with Gyllenhaal in "Brokeback Mountain," said with only a half-serious edge in her voice. "Why would you do that?"
Needless to say, Gyllenhaal didn't confirm or deny the rumors; he let Hathaway do all the talking.
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