A few days after rumors started circling about Brad Pitt’s renewed friendship with Jennifer Aniston, new gossip about his love life begins to circle the media. Apparently, connections are now being made between Brad, 53, and 21-year-old Ella Purnell.
The British actress is probably best known for her portrayal of Aurora in the fantasy film Maleficent. And the fact that she worked alongside Brad’s former wife, Angelina Jolie, has the busybodies feeling pretty excited.
Here’s a quick look at Ella in Maleficent.
Is it true?
Apparently, the rumours are nothing but rumours. A close friend of Ella’s spoke to the Mirror Online, claiming that, “It’s completely made up. They’re not dating.” However this source cannot be proven valid, so we cannot take their statement for granted.
In the beginning
Another source whose authenticity cannot be verified is the one who started the whole chatter in the first place. “Brad had Ella in mind from the get-go. He went out of his way to cast her,” they stated for In Touch Weekly. “Ella is incredibly flattered by all the attention she’s getting from Brad. She’s told friends he’s always been her number one celebrity crush.”
The chatterboxes are adamant that the only reason possible for Brad to give the actress a role in his new series, Sweetbitter, is because he is so ‘enchanted’ with her. The thought that he might appreciate her acting skills doesn’t even come close to crossing their minds.
Sweetbitter is currently in a development stage, with Starz, the premium network cable, having finally won the bidding war for the rights to create the show. The series is based on Stephanie Danler’s best-selling novel of the same title.
Who is Ella Purnell?
Ella Purnell was born in London, in 1996. Apart from Maleficent, she has starred in the romantic drama Never Let Me Go (2010) playing the part of young Ruth. In 2016, she portrayed Emma in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But most recently, she played Helen Garrett in the historical war film Churchill (2017).
What about Angie?
But the rumor mill doesn’t stop there. Yet another ‘informant’ claiming to be in the confidence of the Hollywood superstar, informs the public that Angelina, 42, “absolutely hates the fact that her ex is dating someone who played the teenage version of her in a film.” Needless to say, it is impossible to confirm the veracity of their statements.
This isn’t the first time Brad’s been subjected to rumours about his love life after the separation from Jolie in 2016. Once before he was accused of being involved with Marion Cotillard, when the pair worked together on the 2016 romantic thriller Allied.
As we can see in the cases of Marion, and Ella, and even with Angelina herself, back when Brad was married to Jennifer Aniston, some things just never change. It’s sad to see that a respected actor with a well-established career is being dragged through the dirt in such a way. It’s even sadder when people desperately try to turn successful women against each other.
It seems some lessons just can’t be learned.