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…
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