Brad Pitt courting rumors are like tabloid editors’ personal private QAnon. They at all times get labored up over scant proof till they flip it into some overblown conspiracy that just about at all times has no foundation in precise truth. Even Pitt himself has joked about this phenomenon.
So when the English tabloids exploded in unison yesterday that Pitt has been “secretly” courting Swedish singer Lykke Li for months now, there have been quite a few causes to be suspicious. We must always add that the rumors aren’t essentially new—the infamous nameless gossip clearinghouse Instagram account Deux Moi first acknowledged Pitt and Li had been noticed collectively again in June 2021, and the supply claimed they’d been hanging out since at the least March.
Then again, that is removed from the primary time a Submit-Angelina Pitt was linked to a lady you’d extra doubtless examine in hipster or artwork magazines relatively than grocery checkout tabloids—just for it to end up that they had been simply associates (see: Search Get together actress Alia Shawkat or MIT Professor Neri Oxman).
Like Julia Fox earlier than she met Kanye West, Li may be removed from a family identify, however she is a longtime determine amongst extra culturally clued-in units. She’s a musical icon for the sorts of Millennials who fondly keep in mind their American Attire slim slacks, Tumblr accounts, and cans of Sparks. She broke by means of in 2007 together with her music weblog hit “A Little Bit” and has maintained a good indie music profession ever since, with two of her 4 albums being awarded Pitchfork’s coveted “Finest New Music” designation. (Enjoyable truth: in 2009 Drake interpolated “A Little Bit” on his breakthrough mixtape “So Far Gone,” which truly appeared to get sure music snobs to take a seat up and take discover of the previous Degrassi actor as an precise musician). Li has by no means had a single chart on Billboard, however she has attended the Met Gala, frolicked with Kim Kardashian at journal events, and sat entrance row at trend exhibits. You recognize, she has that type of effortlessly stylish stage of fame the place boomer moms have by no means heard of you, however you haven’t any downside shifting in the fitting circles. The type of fame the place you possibly can conceivably meet Brad Pitt whereas out and about, however nobody would instantly choose up on it.
The ‘bloids have additionally picked up on the truth that Li and Pitt allegedly stay close to one another in Los Angeles, making any relationship geographically handy. Oh, they’re additionally each within the drinks enterprise: Pitt has a vineyard at Château Miraval in France, whereas Li is a companion within the mezcal model Yola. In order that’s one thing.
Then again, since separating from Angelina Jolie, Pitt has dived headfirst into Los Angeles’ artsier social circles. He repeatedly hangs out with acclaimed sculptor Thomas Houseago. He goes to Thundercat concert events with Shawkat (although the pair maintains they’ve by no means dated). He’s noticed at artwork exhibitions across the globe. He produces movies for a few of cinema’s most fun younger administrators. It will solely make sense he’d finally run into Li socially, who has lengthy saved her dwelling base in Los Angeles. Pitt has additionally confirmed that he’s managed to (gasp) preserve platonic grownup friendships with members of the other gender with out courting them.
May this be simply one other case of tabloids leaping the gun? Who is aware of. It truly wouldn’t be essentially the most random celeb romance rumor of 2022.
Replace: Because it seems, it might be simply one other case of the tabloids being determined. Page Six and People each report from sources that the pair aren’t courting. They’re informal associates, however Web page Six provides that they haven’t even seen one another in two years.