REESE WITHERSPOON AND JAKE GYLLENHAAL SPLIT
Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal are said to have separated amicably after more than two years together.
The Walk The Line Oscar-winner and Brokeback Mountain nominee shot down rumours of a split two weeks ago, but new reports say the relationship was definitely over by then.
“They needed time to figure it out and they were on different coasts,” a source told E! News. “When they were finally together they talked it out and decided they're not going to be together any more.
“There are no other people involved. The relationship just ended. It just fizzled. But they also wanted to be careful and private about it because of Reese's kids.”
Witherspoon, 33, has a 10-year-old daughter, Ava, and son Deacon, six, from her nine-year marriage to actor Ryan Phillippe.
As recently as October the couple seemed to be enjoying domestic bliss, with Witherspoon telling InStyle magazine: ”Jake is a great cook. He does a lot.
“We spend the weekends outside LA, in Ojai, where I have a farmhouse. We have chickens and we grow cucumbers and tomatoes. I love it.”
And Gyllenhaal, who turns 29 tomorrow, talked about how much he enjoyed having children in his life, his sister Maggie's three-year old daughter Ramona as well as Witherspoon's.
He told an Australian magazine: “I've learned so much from the kids in my life and somehow they just become the centre of your life and the way you look at things,” he told an Australian magazine.
“Obviously I exist in my girlfriend's world and my sister's world in a different way, but it's opened my heart and I feel much more grown up and want to grow up as a result together.”
Gyllenhaal will next be seen in the Jim Sheridan-directed Brothers, his first movie since Rendition, the film on which he met Witherspoon, opening next month.
Witherspoon's last film was Four Christmases, and she was a voice in the animated Monsters Vs Aliens.