If you’ve been anywhere near Twitter today, you’ve seen the outrage over the news that Leonardo DiCaprio may be dating 19-year-old French-Israeli model Eden Polani.
Shock horror, a famous handsome movie star is dating a beautiful young woman. Haven’t we seen this story play out a million times before?
If it’s completely true, guess what? Eden is not manipulated. She is not forced to associate with him. She knows Leo’s track record of dumping women from the age of 25.
It’s exciting… and it’s also transactional. He gets some gorgeous arm candy to show off around town, and she gets the glitz and glamor of dating a movie star. We’re talking vacations on yachts, access to the VIP sections in bars, media attention and a revitalized modeling career.
Eden Polani’s profile has skyrocketed in the last 24 hours — regardless of whether she’s dating Leo DiCaprio or not, says Jana Hocking
Leonardo DiCaprio, 48, and Eden Polani, 19, (seen together Jan. 31). While insiders say the movie star and model are just friends, many people were disturbed by the idea that they might be together
As someone who’s been spawned with a famous person before, I can tell you exactly how things are working out for Eden right now.
First of all, she’ll have journalists slipping into her DMs offering interviews, she’ll ask paparazzi if they can come and take some pictures of her, she’ll have old school friends reaching out “just to say hello.”
She’ll have brands offering to send her free clothes (for those inevitable pap shots) and modeling agencies that may have once rejected her will clamor to get her on their books. It’s a bit overwhelming at first, but then it gets pretty exciting.
Never would she have experienced so much attention. People want to get to know her!
And Eden isn’t stupid. She posted cheeky tweets of herself in New York, where Leo happens to be right now, before deleting them. Why? Because it creates intrigue. It keeps the story going. It keeps her relevant. Whether he told her to delete them or she was teasing the media, it worked.
Because you see, today’s 19-year-olds are smart. They know what makes for good engagement on their social pages and thanks to celebrity mentors like Kim Kardashian, they know how to turn those 15 minutes of fame into a lifelong career
Eden Polani (pictured) is undoubtedly smart enough to make much more of her 15 minutes, writes Jana Hocking
Just some of the tweets doing the rounds about Leo DiCaprio and Eden Polani
Just ask Gisele Bündchen, who was 18 when she first dated Leo. She was a relatively unknown model who landed a Victoria’s Secret contract and multiple Vogue covers thanks to the fame, becoming one of the highest paid models in the world.
Would she have gotten there herself? Maybe eventually. Did dating Leo take her career to a whole new level much faster? Absolute.
And let’s not ignore the benefits of dating an older man. I have loved talking about it in the past and the benefits are endless. They seem to get better with age, they have a steady income, a good idea of who they are and absolutely love you.
Before we all get on our high horses and point out that men seem to only want younger women these days, maybe we should take a look at the female megastars who have dated younger gentlemen, because it’s not that unusual…
There isn’t much outrage when older women date younger men, says Jana Hocking (pictured)
Last year, Olivia Wilde, 37, dated Harry Styles, 26. Sure, we were intrigued, but would you say outraged? No.
Madonna’s most recent boyfriend was a spring chicken at just 23 years old. She’s 64. Did that blow up Twitter? No.
Sandra Bullock was 37 when she dated a then 21 year old Ryan Gosling. He even called her one of his greatest loves. Do not you remember? Yeah, I barely did either.
Even pop star Fergie admitted in an old interview with Cosmopolitan magazine that she dated Justin Timberlake for a short time when she was 23 years old and he was only 16. Did that ever make the front page? Again… no.
Let’s face it, even if Leo and Eden are dating, it won’t last long, so why not let it play out?
Eden, you date that fabulous Hollywood star, grace that red carpet, enjoy those yacht vacations, and drive it all the way to the shore. Because while I’m here in my one-bedroom apartment munching on a sandwich from the supermarket, I’m sure I wouldn’t turn it down. If only for a few months of absolute glamour.
Leonardo DiCaprio Dating History
The Django Unchained star has made a famous habit of never dating a woman over the age of 25.
GISELE BUNDCHEN (1999-2004)
Gisele and Leonardo at the 2005 Academy Awards
Leo’s first high-profile relationship was with the Brazilian model, who was 18 when the pair hooked up. She broke off the relationship five years later at the age of 23.
BAR REFAELI (2005-2010)
The actor’s relationship with Bar Refaeli ended after 5 years of dating – coincidentally at the same time the Israeli model turned 25.
BLAKE VIVID (2011)
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds’ current wife only dated Leo for one year – when she was 23.
ERIN HEATHERTON (2012)
The Victoria’s Secret Angel alum was just 22 when she dated DiCaprio in 2012.
TONI GARN (2013-2014)
German-born model Garrn was just 21 when she and Leo split after two years of dating.
KELLY ROHRBACH (2015)
Kelly Rohrbach on the set of Baywatch
The Baywatch reboot star was 25 when she and DiCaprio dated from June to around December 2015, with the breakup said to be a mutual decision
NINA AGDAL (2016-2017)
Nina Agdal and her ex Jack Brinkley Cook
It ended between Leo and the Danish swimsuit model after she turned 25 in 2017.
CAMILA MORRONE (2017-2022)
Leo and Camila on the road in New York City in May 2018
Leo and the model turned actress started dating just months after his breakup with Nina Agdal. At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the two were said to be more serious than ever, but the two reportedly split in the summer of 2022.
GIGI HADID (SEPTEMBER 2022 – DECEMBER 2022)
Gigi Hadid walks the catwalk in Paris in October 2022
Following his breakup with Morrone in August, it was reported that Leo had set his eyes on model Gigi Hadid. The pair were spotted hanging out at NYC hot spots, but the romance seemed to fizzle out in December.
VICTORIA LAMAS (DECEMBER 2022 – NOW)
Victoria Lamas in the photo
Leo was previously romantically linked to model/actress Victoria Lamas, who happens to be the daughter of actor Lorenzo Lamas. The pair were spotted in Hollywood in late December reportedly ringing in the new year together.