Word hit the media that Charlize Theron and Brad Pitt are dating and it hit us like a ton of bricks. We’ve all speculated on the kind of girl that Pitt would end up dating next and how could we not? He's dated and married two very high profile and awesome leading ladies in the past, and it looks like he's just snapped up another one. Not that we are surprised one bit. Brad is a gorgeous megastar and we weren’t believing for a minute that he was going to settle down with a regular woman. He had us fooled for a minute, though.
There are a ton of questions going around about the Brad-Charlize situation, like how on earth did these two meet? And, what do his exes think of his new choice? There are children involved on both sides so we’re assuming they are taking things slowly.
Check out these 20 things we know about Charlize and Brad’s relationship so far.
20 They Have Been Dating For A Month
That’s like a year in Hollywood, so it’s a good start for the two of them. One thing is for sure, they will look great on the red carpet together. According to what a source told The Sun, “They have been casually seeing each other for nearly a month now. They’ve been friends for some time—ironically through Sean [Penn]—but things have developed.”
19 They Met During A Photo Shoot
They are both in Hollywood, sure, but unless they do a movie together, it’s hard to imagine that two celebrities would just happen to run into each other and start dating. Brad and Charlize were involved in shooting a commercial together six months ago for Breitling. Apparently, Adam Driver was there as well as some watches but Brad Pitt got the girl.
A source told People, “About six months ago, they did a shoot together. So they have spent time together.”
But we'll have to see if they go from photoshoot to official relationship.
18 Angelina And Charlize Have A Feud
Why are we not surprised? It has been said that Ange is not a big fan of Charlize so we are likely to hear more about that if things get serious between Charlize and Brad. Radar Online reported that the two women have feuded over scripts before and really dislike each other.
“The hate fest between these two started a long time ago and just won’t stop,” the insider told Radar Online. “It’s as though directors are getting a buzz out of playing them against each other, by dangling a script to both of them then leaving them to b**** and slug it out.”
17 Brad And Charlize Are In Their Honeymoon Phase
There have been a lot of denials about the couple since the news broke but when sources are claiming that they saw the two canoodling at an event, it’s hard to ignore such claims. As The Sun reports, the two were at a showbiz function when things started to get cozy. “They were ridiculously touchy-feely and his arm was around her back. At one point he winked at her,” a source told the media outlet.
16 They Both Have Children
There are always children to consider in situations like this. But Charlize has experience in adoption just like Brad does. He has six children on his side while she has two. It’s still up in the air how often Brad gets to see his children since Angelina has been difficult during the divorce proceedings but going on a family vacation with eight children would certainly be an experience if these two decided to blend their families. Are we moving too fast? We can’t help it, it’s so exciting!
15 She Has Not Met His Children
The two spent time together over the holidays and Charlize has visited Brad in his home in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, as The Sun reports. So, things have been taken up a notch regarding their relationship! However, she has not met his children yet. That’s not really surprising as it seems he doesn’t get to spend a whole lot of time with them either.
They probably also want to take things slow. After all, this is Brad's first real relationship since splitting with Angelina.
14 Angelina Was Shopping When The News Broke
It couldn’t have been easy for Angelina to be out on the streets when word of the relationship broke out. She was shopping with her son Pax at the time, as The Daily Mail reports, and was likely hounded by paparazzi over the news. She acted as she always did with a stone-cold expression.
The custody battle between Brad and Ange has been finalized, as Radar reports, and we hope that from here on out things will be easier for them. So far, Ange has kept her opinion to herself about Charlize.
13 Sean Penn Set Them Up
It’s rumoured that Sean Penn, Charlize's former fiancé, was the one that set them up. Charlize and Sean broke up in 2015 after being in a relationship for about two years, but it's clear that they have remained on good terms with each other otherwise a setup between Charlize and Brad couldn't have happened. Maybe Sean sees some potential there so he decided to play matchmaker.
12 Date Night At Chateau Marmont
While Brad and Charlize were at the showbiz function where they were seen getting closer, what's really telling is that it seemed like they were on a date. As The Sun reports, Brad had gone to watch If Beale Street Could Talk in a private Hollywood Hills home and Charlize was a guest at a showing of Roma in Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. A source told the media outlet that Brad went to see Charlize at Chateau afterwards, he changed his clothes and then joined her in a "corner of the bar."
11 He’s Sticking To Celebrity Women
Many thought that Brad would follow his friends George Clooney and Matt Damon and date someone who isn't in the spotlight. He had been linked to MIT professor Neri Oxman and we thought he might be leaning in the direction of avoiding another actress in Hollywood. Oxman denied the rumours and eventually, it became clear that the two were not going to be involved.
“I can’t see Brad dating someone super famous again, I can definitely see him dating someone with a lower profile,” a source has said, as The Daily Voice reports.
10 Charlize Is An Independent Woman
Charlize is not the kind of woman that needs a man to care for her. For the most part, she has been raising her two children on her own. Her last public relationship was with Sean Penn almost four years ago. Whether she has been technically single this whole time or not, she hasn’t been serious enough with anyone to go public with it. The same goes for Brad, so now may be the perfect time for something serious to start between them.
9 Brad Is Looking For More
Charlize is stunning, there is no doubt about that, but in order to keep a man like Brad Pitt, there has to be more than physical looks - and she certainly has that, with her acting talent and philanthropy.
One of Brad's popular quotes, as reported by Khaleej Times, is:
“When you see a person, do you just concentrate on their looks? It's just a first impression. Then there's someone who doesn't catch your eye immediately, but you talk to them and they become the most beautiful thing in the world.
The greatest actors aren't what you would call beautiful sex symbols.”
8 The Kids Come First
It would be cool if these two got together and raised their children together. Even for stars, being a single parent can be a stressful and lonely experience. Charlize does get a lot of help from her mom, which we’re sure is helpful.
“Sometimes I lose my mind, especially in a car, like when we’re on a road trip or something,” the Atomic Blonde star told Us. “[My mom will] look at me and laugh. Then she’ll say, ‘It’s just a moment. It’s going to pass.’”
7 They Can Both Hold Their Own In Hollywood
For some Hollywood couples, huge fame only comes to one party and that can cause strife in the relationship. But for Charlize and Brad, they are on the same level. They can both hold their own and carry movies as the big star at the box office. There is really no chance that their careers will get in the way of their love, especially since they are both at the stage where they can pick and choose their projects.
6 Charlize Is Looking For An Equal Partner
Charlize wants to be an equal in her relationship and Brad is the perfect man to do that for her. Considering his ex is Angelina, one of the most independent and powerful women in Hollywood, it’s unlikely that Brad is looking for a housewife. He has always been attracted to strong women and Charlize ticks that box, along with being wise. As Elle reports her saying,
“Nobody is blessed with this genetic mutation of brilliance and strength. Life teaches you strength.”
She couldn't be more right.
5 He’s Experienced Great Loss
Even in Hollywood, a divorce is going to be painful. Sometimes it seems that marriages end quickly in Hollywood but it’s no less painful for the people involved. Brad has now been divorced twice and it’s hard to say if he would go for a third marriage. However, he's still got faith in love, as he said in an interview with Parade, as Pop Sugar reports:
“A family is a risky venture, because the greater the love, the greater the loss. That's the trade-off, but I'll take it all.”
Here's hoping things will settle soon with Angelina.
4 They Were Friends First
We think that the best relationships bloom from being friends first and that seems to be the case with Charlize and Brad. They met six months ago and yet they didn’t rush into anything. It’s likely they talked for a while and took their time to think about things before starting to date. As a source told The Sun, they have been friends for some time "but things have developed."
3 It’s Not A Casual Thing
Not only have they been spending a lot of time together but it’s unlikely that they are having some kind of fling. If that had been the case, they would've rushed into a relationship six months ago when they met.
Besides, it's not Charlize's style.
As IOL reports, Charlize has said, “I am a relationship girl. That's kind of just how I'm made." She also told People she prefers the old-fashioned way of meeting someone. "I just like a good old friend hooking you up, or, I don’t know, introducing you. I’m so old school.”
2 Brad Will Always Be There For His Family
Brad has stated that he will always be there for his children, and clearly both he and Charlize are making sure not to rush into anything for the children's sake.
When speaking of his kids, Brad told Esquire,
“I'm sure they're saddened by me, and I get frustrated with them. But I love them, and at the end of the day if they need me or if they need anything, I'm there for them. Family.”
1 Are They Really Dating, Though?
Usually, when a new celebrity couple breaks the news, there are all kinds of denials. In spite of all the evidence showing that they're dating, there's still word that Brad and Charlize are not, in fact, romantically involved. A source told Entertainment Tonight,
“Brad and Charlize have known each other for years and recently became even better friends after working together. They enjoy each other's company and connect on many levels. Brad and Charlize have a lot of mutual friends and share their love of acting, but neither of them are ready for a serious relationship right now.”
We'll just have to wait and see what happens.
References: The Sun, People, Radar Online, The Daily Mail, Elle, Esquire