AceShowbiz - Brad Pitt is reportedly dating again, but the girl is not Lykke Li. After rumors emerged that the Hollywood actor and the Swedish singer may have been seeing each other for months, a source begged to differ.
The source, allegedly close to the 58-year-old actor, tells PEOPLE that Brad and Lykke are just "artsy friends." The source says the 35-year-old model is just part of "a large group of artsy friends that he enjoys hanging out with."
Brad and Lykke might not be alone when they hang out as the source says "Lykke Li and Alia Shawkat are part of this group." The so-called insider adds, "He likes having female friends too."
Though there's nothing romantic going on between Brad and Lykke, the source says the "Ad Astra" star "is dating, but not seriously." Additionally, according to the source, the Academy Award-winning actor and producer "still keeps in touch with Nicole [Poturalski]," whom he was rumored to be romantically linked to in 2019 until 2020.
The dating rumors between Brad and Lykke first swirled in Lykke's native Sweden, according to gossip outlet Deux Moi. A tipster then told the same outlet last week that Brad and "that Swedish singer" were hanging out at Mother Wolf, a new Roman-style pasta palace which has recently opened up in Hollywood and has become popular among celebrities.
The Sun later reported that Brad was indeed with "Lykke, they were dining together." As to how they have allegedly been able to keep their romance a secret for months, a separate source said, "Brad and Lykke have been able to fly under the radar so easily because they're neighbors."
Lykke, whose real name is Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson, reportedly lives just a three-minute drive from Brad. "It's worked out perfectly for Brad, to have someone he likes living so close," the source dished.
Brad was reported to be in a relationship with Poland-born model Nicole after they met at a party in Berlin in 2019 after the premiere of his movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood". They were believed to have dated for around a year before they called in quits in 2020.
Prior to that, he was rumored to be dating Alia. The "Arrested Development" alum recently addressed the dating rumors, calling the speculation "weird." She told The New Yorker earlier this month, "It came in hot and left as fast as it came in. It happened during covid, and I was alone with it. It was so weird. Now it's like a weird dream, where I'm, like, 'Did that happen?' "
As to how Brad reacted to the news, the 32-year-old said, "He had no awareness of it at all. Which is so funny. Because he doesn't read that s**t." She went on recalling the time she discussed the rumors with Brad. "I was like, 'You know everyone thinks we're dating? And there's this whole thing, and I'm being followed,' " she shared. "And he was, like, 'I'm sorry. It happens. If you hang out with me, it happens.' He had no awareness of it at all."