Leonardo DiCaprio, most famous for his roles in Titanic, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Revenant, and more, is also known for the fact he never dates women over the age of 25. Most recently, he has been facing backlash over allegedly dating 19-year-old model Eden Polani after the pair were pictured together at a party in Los Angeles.
Daily Mail was the first to report the story that the two were dating, but it has since been revealed by a source close to Leo that he is not in a relationship at this time. TMZ also included that “just because Leo might be talking to or sitting with a girl doesn’t mean he’s dating her.”
Social media immediately blew up after the news broke. This includes Twitter posts about other celebrity pairings that have the same age gap. The Independent made a disturbing comparison between The Last of Us stars Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, who have the same age gap as DiCaprio and Polani. Stranger Things actors David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown are also 29 years apart. This made the situation more creepy to many people, as Pascal and Harbour’s characters act as father figures to the girls. Another person on Twitter wrote, “Leonardo DiCaprio’s girlfriend is so young her high school experience was interrupted by COVID-19.” While another added, “Maybe @LeoDiCaprio is a climate advocate bc he wants a better future for his teenage girlfriends.”
Many TikTok videos also went viral, poking fun at the relationship by listing things that are older than DiCaprio’s alleged girlfriend. One video included things like 9/11, Shrek, and DiCaprio’s movie Titanic.
While some were making light-hearted jokes about the situation, others were actually concerned about Leo’s preference for young women. According to Daily Mail, one Twitter user wrote “Someone please explain to me what a man nearing 50 has in common with *checks notes* a 19-year-old?” And another added, “What feels illegal but technically isn’t?”
While sources close to Leo have confirmed dating rumors to be untrue, according to The Cut, the actor does have a strange history of only dating women under the age of 26. In August of 2022, Insider posted a chart that detailed all of DiCaprio’s dating history, and it reveals that he will date his significant others beginning in their early 20s, and break up with them just after they turn 25. The chart highlights a specific pattern that occurred from 1999-2022 across 8 different girlfriends. The average age of all of his girlfriends is only 22.
His most recent relationship with Argentine-American model Camila Morrone began when she was 20 and ended shortly after she turned 25. The same pattern occurred with his ex-girlfriends Bar Refaeli (20-25), and Nina Agdal (24-25).
Despite the rumors of his recent relationship being denied, there is a strange pattern in which he refuses to date women the same age as him. While it might be legal, it is debatable on whether his behavior is morally right.