We’ve been hearing news reports and seeing photos of a new Hollywood/Nashville couple: Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal and they make me very worried!
I have written before about how much our family loves Taylor Swift. She’s smart, beautiful, talented and just overall seems like a good girl. But that’s just the thing – she’s a girl.
Gyllenhaal is a man. He’s 29-years old. Swift is only 20. He was in a long-term relationship with Reese Witherspoon (who was about five years older than him according to People.com) and he seemed to help with her kids. (A very mature role for him to take.)
Taylor, we understand why you like him. Who wouldn’t? He’s gorgeous, sexy, hot, seemingly intelligent, seems nice, and who wouldn’t melt from his smile. We get it. But he’s just too old for you.
If a regular sophomore in college brought home a 29-year-old man who was out of school and working, parents would flip out! They are just in a different mind-set and have experienced so many more things in life!
Now if Taylor was 30 and he was 39, I would have less of a problem with it. But 20 is just too young and innocent! He’s a grown man!
So what do you think: What is an appropriate age difference for young couples? What about in high school – should freshmen girls be allowed to date senior boys? What about high school girls dating boys in college – even just freshmen and sophomores? What about in college – is a freshmen girl OK to date a senior in college? What about a college girl dating a man out in the workforce? When does an age difference no longer matter? (I have opinions and answers for all of these questions!!)