"He was a lot of things to me" "The only conclusion was love"
The hooded figure could also be Rumpel. He wore a hooded cloak quite a few times. Mother Gothel also wears a hooded cloak, but then again, they arent doing Tangled. I could see Rump wanting some magic hair for potions and spells and such. As well as the witch for the same reason.
Based on the picture that went along with the article, I’d say the Rapunzel story takes places during the missing year, so Rumple isn’t there with the gang.