J-law Speaks out: “i didn’t Be­tray you”

As she steps out with a di­rec­tor 21 years her se­nior, she fi­nally seems happy. Her exes? Not so much…

Look (UK) - - CONTENTS - WORDS: Selina May­cock

When Jen­nifer Lawrence was spot­ted sneak­ing into a car with Dar­ren Aronof­sky after din­ner at the Line Ho­tel’s Com­mis­sary restau­rant in Los Angeles last week, speculation grew about whether there’s more than just food on the menu be­tween the ac­tress and the Hol­ly­wood di­rec­tor.

The 26-year-old pre­vi­ously dated co­me­dian Aziz An­sari, 33, and Cold­play front­man Chris Martin, 39 – and Aronof­sky, 47, who worked with J-law this sum­mer on his as-yet-un­ti­tled project, is 21 years her se­nior.

But it’s ru­moured that not every­one is happy to see Jen, who is 2016’s high­est paid ac­tress, move on from her last high-pro­file ro­mance.

‘Jen’s happy,’ a long-time pal tells Look. ‘I think some of her exes are pretty sur­prised. But it’s fair to say that Jen re­ally seems to have been swept off her feet.’

The pal con­tin­ues: ‘Dar­ren’s to­tally rock­ing her world right now and he’s so un­like the guys she’s been dat­ing.’

It’s not yet known how long the pair are said to have been get­ting close as J-law has kept a low pro­file in 2016, cov­er­ing her face on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions through­out April and May this year when she stepped out in New York – the city where Dar­ren is also based – and throw­ing her­self into work projects.

The ru­mour mill sur­round­ing her lat­est ‘beau’ kicked off ear­lier this month when an In­sta­gram photo sur­faced, showing the pair brunch­ing at Mex­i­can restau­rant La Palapa in New York’s East Vil­lage on 7 Au­gust 2016.

And Look can re­veal that just days later – said to be dur­ing the fi­nal stages of film­ing Dar­ren’s se­cret project, which is set for a De­cem­ber 2017 re­lease – Jen looked be­sot­ted with the award-win­ning Black Swan di­rec­tor as they chat­ted at her 26th birth­day party in Van­cou­ver, Canada, along­side her co-star Javier Bar­dem and his wife, Pene­lope Cruz.

Dar­ren and J-law came close to work­ing to­gether back in 2014 on the set of her Amer­i­can-french drama Ser­ena, which he was orig­i­nally sup­posed to di­rect. But he was re­placed and she roped in her mate Bradley Cooper to star op­po­site her.

Like­wise, Dar­ren missed out on the op­por­tu­nity to di­rect up­com­ing ro­man­tic drama It’s What I Do in which Jen plays a war pho­tog­ra­pher. He also turned down the chance of di­rect­ing thriller Red Spar­row in which she is set to play a Rus­sian spy who se­duces a CIA agent – so this new project is the first one on which they’ve re­ally had the chance to work to­gether.

Ob­vi­ously it’s not the first time J-law has had an on-screen/off-screen ro­mance. In 2010 she be­gan dat­ing X-men: First Class co-star Ni­cholas Hoult. They briefly split in 2013 be­fore re­unit­ing both off and on-screen in X-men: Days Of Fu­ture Past, but ended their re­la­tion­ship in Au­gust 2014.

At the time, it was Jen who seemed to want her ex back, ad­mit­ting she felt ‘lost’ after they ended things.

‘I was in a re­la­tion­ship with some­body for five years and that was my life,’ she said last year. ‘So my life was this per­son and these movies and we broke up around the same time that I wrapped those movies. Be­ing 24 was this whole year of: “Who am I with­out these movies? Who am I with­out this man?”’

This year, Jen’s dealt with a huge back­lash from the in­dus­try with sev­eral brand­ing her ‘ar­ro­gant’ and ‘rude’ after the way she shut down a re­porter in Jan­uary 2016 for us­ing his phone dur­ing a press con­fer­ence with the ac­tress. Then her close and pub­lic friend­ship with co­me­dian Amy Schumer seemed to wane after the pair re­port­edly couldn’t com­mit to film­ing dates for a project they hoped to work on to­gether.

How­ever, Ni­cholas and Jen ap­par­ently stayed in touch and he’s been a huge sup­port to her. The pair were spot­ted chat­ting at the 2016 Golden Globe Awards in Jan­uary, spark­ing ru­mours of a rekin­dled ro­mance.

‘I think Nick had come round to the idea of want­ing some­thing more re­cently,’ says our in­sider. ‘But Jen’s very happy with the sit­u­a­tion now. She doesn’t feel like she’s be­trayed these guys – she’s just moved on to the next stage, and who can blame her?’

It comes after the star openly spoke about her love life back in Novem­ber 2015, where she ad­mit­ted: ‘No one ever asks me out. I am lonely ev­ery Satur­day night. Guys are so mean to me.’

She also shared: ‘I’m just a girl who wants you to be nice to me. I am straight as an ar­row. I feel like I need to meet a guy, with all due re­spect, who has been liv­ing in Baghdad for five years who has no idea who I am.’

But she didn’t rule out mar­riage, ad­ding: ‘If I find that one per­son who I want to spend the rest of my life with, who I want to be the fa­ther of my chil­dren, I would ab­so­lutely not f**k it up.’

Maybe Dar­ren could be that guy. We can’t help but think that Jen de­serves some hap­pi­ness…

J-law and Dar­ren were spot­ted brunch­ing in NYC

Jen with ex Nick at this year’s Golden Globes Aziz and J-law were very close

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