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Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal sure look cute together lately ... but how did they meet in the first place? Between the Nashville cutie's touring schedule and the L.A. actor's shooting schedule -- not to mention the nine-year age difference -- it's a little surprising that they ever crossed paths. Could it be that they were introduced by a mutual friend... named Gwyneth Paltrow?
The adorable (though unconfirmed) couple flew to London earlier this month to have dinner with Paltrow and hubby Chris Martin -- which started rumors that Paltrow had gotten them together in the first place. When USA Today recently asked the actress about her role in the relationship, she played coy.
"I've just known Jake for a long time and he's a great guy, and Chris has a friendship with Taylor," said Paltrow. But when asked if she'd introduced them at one of her A-list dinners, Paltrow wouldn't spill details.
"I'm scared to say," she said. "It's so weird. I wonder how people find out these things. It was a while ago, so I don't know why it would come out today."
Whatever -- from now on, we're nicknaming Gwyneth Paltrow "The Millionaire Matchmaker." (Sorry, Patti Stanger!)
As for Swift, 21, and Gyllenhaal, 30, they're continuing to be super-cute -- and super-shy -- about their romance. Last week, Jake reportedly bought Taylor an $11,000 guitar signed by country legend Chet Atkins for her 21st birthday. But when asked whether he had a date booked for the Golden Globes, Gyllenhaal's lips were sealed.
"It's going to be a long, slow burn for me," said the actor, nominated for the film Love and Other Drugs. "I'm not rushing into anything!"
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