Jake Gyllenhaal backtracks on his comments about not bathing regularly: ‘I was being sarcastic’

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Jake Gyllenhaal is washing away his previous comments about his bathroom hygiene.

One month after making headlines for saying he finds “bathing to be less necessary,” the “Nightcrawler” star is now taking it back by revealing he actually does shower on the regular.

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During a screening for his new Netflix fim “The Guilty,” Gyllenhaal clarified his stance on washing his body.

“I don’t know what it was,” the 40-year-old said of the controversy, per Buzzfeed. “I answered a question where I was being sarcastic and ironic, and it’s followed me around.”

“Unfortunately, I showered before I came here,” he joked. “So… I’m sorry.”

Back in August, Gyllenhaal went viral for disclosing his shower rituals, or lack thereof, during an interview with Vanity Fair.

“More and more I find bathing to be less necessary, at times. I do believe, because Elvis Costello is wonderful, that good manners and bad breath get you nowhere. So I do that,” he told the outlet. “But I do also think that there's a whole world of not bathing that is also really helpful for skin maintenance, and we naturally clean ourselves."

The Oscar-nominated actor's comments came after Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, and Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell all disclosed their lax stance on bathing their respective kids.

While Bell later clarified she was joking, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made it clear where he stood on the celebrity bathing controversy.

“Nope, I’m the opposite of a “not washing themselves” celeb. Shower (cold) when I roll outta bed to get my day rollin’. Shower (warm) after my workout before work. Shower (hot) after I get home from work. Face wash, body wash, exfoliate and I sing (off key) in the shower 🧼,” Johnson tweeted.

The world can not rest assured knowing Jake Gyllenhaal also keeps his ripped body clean as a whistle.

"The Guilty" hits theaters on September 24th and will stream on Netflix on October 1.

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