If you have been enjoying the renaissance of Keanu Reeves - since that Saint Laurent campaign - you might have found yourself a little heartbroken last November, with the internet's response to Matrix star's 'first' public outing with rumoured girlfriend Alexandra Grant.
The 55-year-old walked the red carpet at the LACMA Art and Film gala in Los Angeles holding hands with artist Grant.
While Reeves has not confirmed that the relationship is romantic, most people assumed that the hand-holding was in lieu of confirmation. The Daily Mail exclaimed 'Keanu Reeves goes public with his first girlfriend in DECADES,' whilst many people on social media jumped for joy that one of the apparently nicest guys in Hollywood has found love. So far, so predictable.
The greater part of the internet then focussed on the couple's age. We're pretty accustomed to seeing middle-aged male celebrities with much younger women, so it followed for Reeves to receive further praise for being with a woman considered 'age-appropriate' for him, at 46-years-old.
And while, yes it's nice, making age the primary focus detracts from Grant as a person. We'd quite like to move swiftly past it, to focus instead on what a cool individual she seems to be.
The artist has an extremely accomplished career and a lot of credentials to her name. It also turns out she and Reeves go way back, having been friends and business partners for several years.
With this in mind, here's what you really need to know about Grant...
Alexandra Grant is an artist
A very successful one at that. Based in LA, Grant uses text and language presented in various mediums to make art promoting ideas about 'translation, identity, dis/location and social responsibility,' according to her biography.
She has shown at galleries in New York City, Toronto, Austin an LA (including at LACMA - the Los Angeles County Museum of Art).
She is also the creator of grantLOVE, a charity aimed at raising money for arts-based nonprofit organisations.
Alexandra Grant refuses to dye her hair
The 46-year-old sports a chic head of silvery grey hair that's so good even Daenerys Targaryen would be jealous, but Grant hasn't always been hair dye-free. In fact, she stopped dyeing her hair for a serious reason. Taking to Instagram, the LA-based artist posted a screenshot of a Newsweek article that reports a new study linking breast cancer to hair dye. Grant captioned the image:
'Wow. Today’s news… the numbers are staggering, especially for womxn of color. I went gray prematurely in my early 20’s… and dyed my hair every color along the way until I couldn’t tolerate the toxicity of the dyes any more.
'In my 30’s I let my hair turn 'blonde'... I love and support that every womxn can choose how she wants to look at every age. But/and, if womxn are perishing from beauty standards… then let’s talk about those beauty standards. Love to all womxn!'
Alexandra Grant and Keanu Reeves have worked together before
Grant has collaborated with several high-profile artists in different fields for various projects throughout her career, one of which being Reeves. The pair first teamed up in 2011 - after meeting at a dinner party in 2009 - on a book called Ode to Happiness and then again in 2016 and 2017 before founding a publishing house together.
The pair were interviewed by the New York Times in 2018 and talked about their approach to working together, explaining they make most of their business decisions together, don't work with agents and don't accept submissions.
Alexandra Grant's has been pictured with Keanu Reeves many times before...
... Holding hands too, which makes reports that they were dating going viral even more fascinating.
The pair attended the Saint Laurent Men's SS20 show in Malibu earlier this year and posed in pretty much the same pose:
The pair were first pictured together in public in 2016 at a Gala to benefit UN Aids during Miami's Art Basel week and then again in 2017 at various book signing events.
Reports say the Keanu Reeves and Alexandra Grant are now dating
Whether the two were dating back in June at the Saint Laurent show or it's a new thing, the pictures of the couple at LACMA have been amplified by a range of reports citing sources confirming their relationship.
On Tuesday, People quoted one saying: 'Keanu wants to openly share his life with her. He is extremely happy and grateful to have Alex in his life'.
The source apparently said the couple 'started dating earlier this year' but have wanted to keep it quiet - which fits in with those Saint Laurent show pictures which suspiciously evaded attention up until now. Interesting.
Recent reports suggest the couple began dating 'years' ago
The actor Jennifer Tilly spoke to Page Six about her friend Reeves and Grant, claiming she was told about their alleged relationship 'a couple of years ago, about a year and a half ago'.
'It’s really astonishing to me how in the last five months, all of a sudden, she goes to an event with him and everybody goes insane, like, ‘It’s his new girlfriend,’ because she had gone to a lot of events with him,' Tilly said. 'It’s just suddenly surfaced that he’s been dating her for several years.'
The actor continued to give her thoughts on their relationship, branding them 'the perfect couple' and suggesting they both compliment each other as they are both 'low-key' and cool.
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