Brad’s new ‘ rock star pro­fes­sor’ love

Grazia (UK) - - 10 Hot Stories -

It was only a mat­ter of time

be­fore he was taken off the list of el­i­gi­ble A-list bach­e­lors – he is Brad Pitt af­ter all. But with his di­vorce to An­gelina Jolie not yet fi­nalised, word leaked a lit­tle ear­lier than an­tic­i­pated last week that Mr Pitt po­ten­tially has a hugely im­pres­sive new love in­ter­est in his sights.

So-called ‘rock star pro­fes­sor’ Neri Ox­man, a celebrity of the science world, has the type of ré­sumé that puts the rest of us to shame – and it’s not dif­fi­cult to see how Brad has be­come en­am­oured with her brains and beauty.

In the first-ever pictures of the pair, Brad, 54, and Neri, 42, pose hap­pily to­gether at the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy last Novem­ber (where Neri works as a pro­fes­sor of me­dia arts and science). Ac­cord­ing to US re­ports last week, they con­nected while Brad was work­ing on a project for his Make It Right Foun­da­tion and clicked over their shared pas­sions for ar­chi­tec­ture, de­sign and art.

And a source in­forms Grazia that while it’s still a fledg­ling re­la­tion­ship, those close to the ac­tor hint that this could be much more than a re­bound fling, even com­par­ing Neri to hu­man rights lawyer Amal Clooney, wife of Brad’s best pal, Ge­orge Clooney.

‘Brad was im­pressed with her from the word go, she’s a phe­nom­e­non. Every­one is say­ing it’s like he’s found his own Amal… al­though it is very early days, but the com­par­isons are in­evitable,’ a source said.

Like Amal be­fore she met Ge­orge, Neri is un­ques­tion­ably one hell of a catch. The Is­raeli-born, award-winning ar­chi­tect has had a fas­ci­nat­ing ca­reer that’s seen her hold her own ex­hi­bi­tions at the Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art, and col­lab­o­rate on per­for­mance art with singer Björk in 2016. A prominent TED talker, Neri’s ad­mirable eco-friendly work fo­cuses on mar­ry­ing de­sign and ar­chi­tec­ture with nat­u­ral and bi­o­log­i­cal ma­te­ri­als. Some­thing Brad has al­ways been in­ter­ested in, too.

In­trigu­ingly, there have even been some sub­tle con­nec­tions to Brad in Neri’s work that pre­ceded their com­pan­ion­ship. Last year, Neri was pro­filed by W Mag­a­zine, where, talk­ing about whether the is­sue of male dom­i­nance was unique to her

pro­fes­sion, she namechecked Brad. ‘For the same rea­son we have the Brad Pitts and the Ge­orge Clooneys, it’s just part of hu­man na­ture to idolise stereo­types,’ she said.

As Grazia has pre­vi­ously re­ported, the low-pro­file na­ture of Brad’s re­la­tion­ship with Neri could be down to the fact that he’d made a pact with An­gelina to keep their post-mar­riage love lives out of the pub­lic eye un­til they are of­fi­cially di­vorced, for the sake of their chil­dren: Mad­dox, 16, Pax, 14, Za­hara, 13, Shiloh, 11, and twins Knox and Vivi­enne, nine. There have also been re­cent de­nials over re­ports that An­gelina has been dat­ing a real es­tate agent.

Now, sources tell Grazia that Brad’s ex-wife has been left less than pleased by the news: ‘An­gelina is un­der­stand­ably an­noyed at the sit­u­a­tion. De­spite the fact she’s been told that it’s just a friend­ship be­tween the pair, it seems pretty ob­vi­ous there has been some­thing go­ing on for some time now.’

And Neri – who was pre­vi­ously mar­ried to Grammy award-winning com­poser Os­valdo Goli­jov – was also said to be in­volved ro­man­ti­cally with bil­lion­aire Bill Ack­man (an in­flu­en­tial Wall Street in­vestor who has re­cently made a num­ber of high-pro­file mis­steps in the fi­nan­cial mar­ket) when she first met Brad.

Our source adds, ‘ They haven’t met un­der the eas­i­est of cir­cum­stances, for ei­ther of them. They’re tak­ing it slowly and try­ing to be as del­i­cate as pos­si­ble when it comes to their re­spec­tive sit­u­a­tions. But there’s a mag­netic chem­istry be­tween them that’s been in­creas­ingly im­pos­si­ble to ig­nore.’

Neri (be­low left) and Brad are said to have ‘mag­netic chem­istry’. Be­low: pic­tured to­gether in Novem­ber

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