Honestly, perhaps we’d be a bit more concerned if Brad Pitt wasn’t dating around a little bit at this point. He’s single and has been separated from Angelina Jolie for more than a year. He is still literally one of the most desired men in the world even if he turned 54 yesterday. Okay, maybe even if you’re Brad Pitt, it can be scary to put yourself back out there (as we all know, just being Brad Pitt don’t impress some women much), but it is a natural step everyone has to take at some point after a breakup. On the flip side, he’s also not jumping too fast into anything too seriously (and, Pitt’s highly documented relationship history does have him as something of a serial monogamist). It all seems quite healthy, at least according to the picture painted by anonymous “industry sources” who talked to People.
“In a sense, this split was good for Brad because he sized himself up and realized there had to be changes,” the source told the mag.
As for the dating, the source added, “He has been going out but there is nothing serious in the dating area at all, nothing to speak of at this point.” The source characterizes the situation as “casually dating.”
Pitt has been linked by tabloids to a number of famous women since the split, but most of those alleged romances seem to have been little more than fan-fiction. Kate Hudson has laughed off reports that she had a fling with Pitt earlier this year. Recent rumors he was seeing Jennifer Lawrence were quickly squashed. Rumored dates with Sienna Miller also seemed to be the work of gossip page fabulists. So if you took seriously reports that he was seeing Ella Purnell, the 21-year-old actress who played a younger version of Angelina Jolie’s title character in Maleficent, well, that’s really your own fault.
Pitt has really only opened up about the split and his new life as a single dad at length once in a cover interview with GQ Style. “For me this period has really been about looking at my weaknesses and failures and owning my side of the street,” he said at the time. He revealed that he was trying to kick his reliance on alcohol and marijuana, listening to a lot of Frank Ocean, and that he’d taken up sculpting. “There’s a lot of manual labor, which is good for me right now,” he said.
The subject of dating post-separation wasn’t breached, but he didn’t sound like a man ready to jump headfirst back into the dating pool. So, it’s good that maybe he’s put enough of his demons behind him now to at least think about it.
Pitt has also kept busy with his film career both in front of and behind the camera. Filming on sci-fi flick Ad Astra has wrapped, and World War Z 2 has been announced. He’s also producing a Lewis & Clark miniseries and that movie where Christian Bale plays Dick Cheney amongst other projects. Of course, he’s also keeping up his fatherly duties; Pitt and Jolie are on amicable terms as they move through the divorce and try to coordinate time so that both parents can see their six children.
A Photographic Guide To Everyone Brad Pitt Has Dated
A pre-divorce Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at the premiere of By The Sea in Hollywood, in November 2015. The couple were together from 2005-2016.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence and Conflict in London in June 2014.The couple were together from 2005-2016.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who met on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, arrive for the premiere of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). The couple were together from 2005-2016.
Where it all began: Brad Pitt and then-girlfriend Robin Givens in Los Angeles. The couple were together from 1986-1987.
Actress Shalene McCall and Brad Pitt enjoyed a brief dalliance after meeting on the set of TV show Windmills of the Gods. The couple dated in 1987.
McCall and Pitt are again spotted in Beverly Hills. The couple dated in 1987.
Brad Pitt and Jill Schoelen, who dated for one year, are spotted by paparazzi. The couple were together from 1988-1989.
On-set co-stars, Brad Pitt and Jill Schoelen enjoyed a brief relationship that drew great media attention. The couple dated in 1987.
Brad Pitt and Jill Schoelen at the 20/20 Club in Los Angeles. The couple dated in 1987.
Brad Pitt & Christina Applegate during 1989 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. The couple were together from 1988-1989.
Christina Applegate and Brad Pitt spotted again in 1989. The couple were together from 1988-1989.
Brad Pitt and actress Juliette Lewis enjoyed a lengthy long relationship in the public eye. Here they are in 1991. The couple were together from 1989-1993.
Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis at the AMC Theater in Santa Monica, for the premiere of Thelma & Louise (1991). The couple were together from 1989-1993.
Brad and Gwyneth Paltrow attend the Hamlet Broadway Play Opening Night Performance in 1995, in New York City. The couple were together from 1994-1997.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt, 1996. The couple were together from 1994-1997.
Brad Pitt and girlfriend actress Gwyneth Paltrow arrive before the 68th Annual Academy Awards on March 25, 1996 in Los Angeles, California. The couple were together from 1994-1997.
Brad Pitt and actress Gwyneth Paltrow attend The Devil’s Own New York City premiere on March 13, 1997, in New York City. The couple were together from 1994-1997.
Actress Claire Forlani and actor Brad Pitt attend the 50th Annual Writers Guild of America Awards in 1998, in Beverly Hills, California. The couple dated in 1998.
Brad and Jennifer attend the Rock Star premiere in 2001 in Hollywood. The couple were together from 1998-2005.
Actress Jennifer Aniston and actor Brad Pitt attend The Mexican Westwood premiere in 2001. The couple were together from 1998-2005.
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, married for five years, appear here at the 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, in 1999. The couple were together from 1998-2005.
The couple, thought to be an American institution, divorced in 2005. Here the couple make an appearance at the 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The couple were together from 1998-2005.