The news that actor Leonardo DiCaprio, 47 and a serial date with young bikini models, is dallying with 27-year-old Gigi Hadid has raised eyebrows in Hollywood. After all, it’s rare for the star to break “the lion’s law” — and date a woman over 25.
The pair were first photographed at a Fashion Week party in New York while deep in conversation.
DiCaprio, who wore a peaked cap, appeared to be holding hands with the model, 20 years her junior. It’s said that they “date” but “keep it casual.”
DiCaprio’s dating interests are so well known that he was the target of a joke at the Emmys earlier this week, when actor Kenan Thompson said onstage, “Twenty-six is a weird age in Hollywood. Young enough to play a high school kid but too old to date Leonardo DiCaprio.”
It is true that in the last two decades one young model has replaced the other in a never-ending model carousel.
But has an Oscar winner ever been mocked so openly and personally?
And while model Gigi ponders whether their “fun” and “casual” date could turn into a more serious romance, the truth is that she doesn’t have to listen to the gossip of the wide world to learn more about her boyfriend – she can count on it lots of advice from local people. And how well informed it will be.
Because in a delicious twist, Gigi turns out to be friends with no fewer than SIX of DiCaprio’s former girlfriends (all of whom are models too, of course).
They are Gisele Bundchen, Blake Lively, Erin Heatherton, Toni Garrn, Kelly Rohrbach and Nina Agdal and they dated DiCaprio between 1999 and 2017. Unfortunately, it’s hard for DiCaprio to imagine that one of his ex-boyfriends would advise Gigi to live life as Leos plus it’s a lot of fun.
A source in the modeling world said: “He’s fishing in a little pond and a while ago it got to the point where all the models know him and all the models have dated him. I would say the situation isn’t really in his favour.”
Gigi Hadid’s best friend among ex-boyfriends is actress and model Blake Lively – who was a face of Dior and L’Oreal.
She and Gigi have been close since around 2014, when both were part of singer Taylor Swift’s so-called girl group.
A deep friendship has developed and the pair have been spotted attending fashion shows, the Met Gala Ball and attending concerts and dinners in New York.
Lively, who is married to actor Ryan Reynolds and has just announced she is pregnant with her fourth child, has offered Gigi advice on raising daughter Khai, two.
Khai is Gigi’s child to former One Direction star Zayn Malik, who she split from in October last year.
Both Gigi and Blake opened up about their bond in a recent interview with Vogue magazine. Blake said: “I told her you have to do what works for you. Gigi has a very special relationship with her fans and I love how open she is on social media. I love looking into their world. . . I’m grateful for what she shares, but I also understand her limitations.”
Last year, Blake wrote two posts on Instagram to celebrate her friend’s birthday and shared a video clip of Gigi dancing with the affectionate caption, “Too bad you’re just super hot and not having any fun at all.”
She also shared a picture of herself with Gigi and her husband curled up on a couch with the caption, “I think you and I make a much better couple.”
Blake, 35, dated DiCaprio for five months between May 2010 and October 2011. They had met some time before when Blake was being considered for a role in The Great Gatsby and were spotted together at Disneyland in Monte Carlo in New York and in Sydney.
They appeared blissfully happy but abruptly broke up after Blake visited DiCaprio in Australia where he was filming Gatsby.
Reports suggest that he unexpectedly let go of her and that she was heartbroken for a time.
He was then linked to model Madalina Ghenea, who he also met in Australia.
Another former Leo love is blonde German model Toni Garrn. They were an item in 2013 and 2014, traveling to Cannes and Bora Bora – and were also spotted kissing and cuddling in 2017 when he was “between the models” again.
Why did the romance end? Well, a few days after DiCaprio was spotted leaving the Art Basel show in Miami, everything went wrong.