Jake Owen Takes a Valentine’s Pop Quiz
Here's some sweet news for Valentine's Day (unless maybe you're Jake Owen, that is): Jake is single and available these days. And it never hurts to see what's on the mind of a single guy when it comes to the basics of love and his personal views on relationships. The Boot caught up with 28-year-old heartthrob to present him with our Single Man's Pop Quiz!
On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is it for you to be in love?
Eight. It depends on what you're doing at the time. I'll just say eight.
Would you ever go on a blind date?
Yeah, sure, why not?
Your new song, 'Eight Second Ride,' is about a one-night stand. Your song 'Don't Think I Can't Love You' is more about showing real love in a relationship. Which song comes closer to where you are right now?
[laughs] That's a great question! I'd have to say ... I don't know. 'Don't Think I Can't Love You' ... well, I'm definitely a lover. I definitely believe in love and long-lasting love, but I'm young, and I like to have a good time, so I'm also a rambler. I don't seem to get tied down for too long unless it's someone I completely fall in love with, and I would hope that would last forever.
When was the last time you had your heart broken?
A couple of years ago.
How did you get through it?
Just like anybody. Life goes on. What you sometimes think is everything to you really isn't at all until you get past it. The good thing for me is I've got a guitar, so I can sit down and play my guitar, and write a song to help me get over it.
Did you write a song to help you get over it?
I did. It's called 'How Do I Live With One?' I just actually recorded it. It's a song about [he starts to sing]: '"They say that you can die from a broken heart; It'll kill faster than a gun; But if I don't die from this broken heart; Tell me how do I live with one?" It might be on my next album, I don't know. I've been playing it quite often. It's a great song.
What's the biggest turn-on vs. the biggest turn-off with women for you?
I like to have something to talk about. I like to engage in a conversation as opposed to having nothing to talk about. I hate to say I like super-intelligent women, because I don't want her to be way smarter than I am. [Laughs] I'd like us to have enough to talk about where we intrigue one another.
What's the greatest thing about being single and available versus the thing you miss most about being in a relationship?
It's the fact that with my life and my job and being always on the go, I can just pick up and go at any time. I don't have someone else's feelings there that I have to worry about or take care of. Although, I do miss that. I like taking care of people. I like having someone in my life, but at this point, I've been working really hard on my career and trying to really take it seriously. It's hard sometimes when you're having to balance that between yourself and someone else -- which is why I totally commend a lot of my buddies that are not only in my band that are married, but my friends that are artists that are married. Sometimes I get a little jealous, because it's awesome that some of my friends have a wife, and their wife is their rock. I also hope for that one day, but for me right now my life is working out weird. It's probably better that I don't have someone serious in my life right now. My mom and dad have been married for 30 years, and it's just pretty neat to watch them together because they truly do love one another.
When was the last time you were jealous of someone?
I don't really get jealous. I'm not a jealous person. I've never in my life ever been a jealous person.
What's a deal breaker for you in a relationship?
Honesty. I'm big on honesty. I think you have to be honest. Your trust level has to be there ... so if she wasn't honest. You have to be truthful about things. Also, just being who they are ... not trying to be someone that they're not.
What are five important qualities in a girl you would date?
Well, just be 1.Nice; 2.Caring; 3. My family has to like her ... I don't know, she doesn't really need much more than that. I don't demand too much out of a relationship. Oh ... 4. Sense of humor; and 5. There has to be chemistry. I have to be attracted to her for sure.
Are you so preoccupied with your career right now that you don't have time to date?
Sometimes I think so, but then there's parts of me that tell me that I'm not preoccupied at all that wishes I was.
Is there a girl you'd like to see at your high school reunion?
Yes, there is. Her initials are K.P.
How do you act when you have a huge crush on someone?
I act like an idiot. I don't know what to do. I tend to feel like I'm back in fifth grade again.
When was the last time you got the first date jitters?
It's been awhile because I haven't been on a first date in a while.
What would your idea be of a fun date?
I would probably do whatever she wants to do, and try not to do anything too serious ... have fun with it. I'll do everything from going rollerskating and fall down, to sitting in a park somewhere having lunch, or go out on my boat and just go cruising. Or I could go fishing. I'll bait her hook.
If you went on a date and in five minutes you knew it just wasn't going to be fun, would you suddenly get a headache and leave or would you stick it out?
I'd have to stick it out. You never know sometimes. Sometimes your mind will tell you one thing, but ... I'd stick it out.
Do you have a favorite slow-dance song?
Marvin Gaye, 'Let's Get it On.'
Do you remember your first kiss?
Yes, I do. I remember it very well. I think I was like 13 years old. I was at my baseball field as a kid. We were inside the dugout. She scared me. She kissed me ... it was a kiss I'd never had before. And, no, I'm not giving you her initials. [laughs]
You're at a party and someone hits on your date, what do you do?
I let him entertain himself because if I'm there with her, I'm not really worried about it. If she wants to be with that guy, then she'll do it. Like I said, I'm not a jealous person. I don't care. I'm really laid back. I'm not a confrontational person either, so I kind of do my thing and let the rest of the world do what it does.