Keanu’s ex­cel­lent ro­mance shows up shal­low Hol­ly­wood

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News flash: Keanu Reeves is with an age-ap­pro­pri­ate woman. As Bill and Ted would say, bo­da­cious. This week Keanu, 55, made head­lines for dat­ing old friend, Alexan­dra Grant. Noth­ing un­usual here, un­til you re­alise that artist Alexan­dra is 46 and — here’s the cru­cial part — looks it.

The in­tel­li­gent and ac­com­plished woman has the temer­ity to have grey hair and look, well, like a woman in her late 40s.

Cue in­ter­net melt­down. Com­ments have been split be­tween mainly women con­grat­u­lat­ing Keanu — known for be­ing a kind, gen­uine and thought­ful man — on hav­ing set­tled down with some­one of his own age group, coun­ter­bal­anced with those from mainly men declar­ing he could have done a lot bet­ter.

“She looks like his mum,” was a pop­u­lar re­sponse, as was “she could be his grandma” and “ugh”.

Ob­vi­ously, Keanu should have done a Leonardo DiCaprio and gone for a model in her 20; women in their 40s or 50s be­ing washed-up old crones, you un­der­stand.

Some­times it is hard to re­mem­ber we’re in 2019 and not 1959. It’s dis­ap­point­ing.

Why would a man dat­ing a woman of his own age be more sur­pris­ing to us than some­one like Leonardo, 45, who has gone from teen hunk to mid­dle-aged chunk and has a pen­chant for dat­ing girls young enough to be his daugh­ter? That makes me think much less of him.

Af­ter a string of model part­ners, the Ti­tanic star’s lat­est girl­friend is 22-year-old model Camila Mor­rone and the pic­tures of them on the beach in Cor­sica ear­lier this year are a lit­tle, let’s say, un­bal­anced.

But those snaps didn’t make the head­lines, or spark tons of nasty com­ments about Gil­bert Grape eat­ing all the croissants.

Sadly, Keanu is the ex­cep­tion in Hol­ly­wood — the land where men just up­grade their wives when they get past their use-by date. Take Bruce Dick­in­son, 61, who it was also re­vealed this week has sep­a­rated from his wife of 29 years, Paddy Bowden. The mother of his three chil­dren had been by the side of the Iron Maiden star as he bat­tled tongue can­cer. Af­ter he got the all-clear Bruce de­clared, “Liv­ing is liv­ing now, ev­ery minute, ev­ery sec­ond, for right now,” which was jolly in­spir­ing, un­til you re­alise it didn’t in­clude his wife, but did fea­ture busty fit­ness in­struc­tor Leana Dolci, re­port­edly 15 years his ju­nior.

Ev­ery time I read about an­other star go­ing down this cliched route, it tar­nishes my view of them.

Ewan McGre­gor, 48, who had seemed such a de­cent chap, left his wife of 22 years, Eve Mavrakis, for his Fargo co-star Mary El­iz­a­beth Winstead, 34.

Johnny Depp, 56, used to wax lyri­cal about how he fell in love with the back of Vanessa Par­adis’ neck, who he was with for 14 years, un­til one sur­mises, her neck got lined and he mar­ried Am­ber Heard, then 28, in­stead. Af­ter that he took up with 23-year-old go-go dancer Polina Glen. An­other ’90s hero gone from cool to fool.

Still, all is not lost — with Keanu back in Bill & Ted Face The Mu­sic next year, he re­veals the re­booted story fol­lows the now mid­dle-aged dads’ quest to save the uni­verse. Ex­cel­lent!

Keanu, at least, never lost the plot.

Keanu Reeves with Alexan­dra Grant this week. Pic­ture: Getty

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