British actress Ella Purnell (21) linked to Brad Pitt (53): see what she has to say
It seems Brad Pitt can't even hire someone without being romantically linked to them.
Since splitting with partner of 12 years Angelina Jolie last November, both have remained (at least publicly) single and Pitt denied romance rumours with Sienna Miller and Kate Hudson. Now, the 53-year-old has been linked to 21-year-old British actress Ella Purnell, according to In Touch magazine - so it should be taken with a grain of salt at the best of times.
Much has been made of Purnell's "relationship" with the superstar actor, especially the fact that she played a younger version of Angelina Jolie in 2014's Maleficent. But sources have quashed the report, saying it's "completely made up".
"They're not dating," an insider close to the actress told Mirror Online.
Their relationship is strictly professional as Pitt cast her in his upcoming Starz tv series Sweetbitter, which he is producing.
"Brad had Ella in mind from the get-go. He went out of his way to cast her," a source told In Touch in the original article.
"Ella is incredibly flattered by all the attention she's getting from Brad. She's told friends he's always been her No. 1 celebrity crush."
Meanwhile, Angelina Jolie, who has six children with her ex, said last month she never planned on being single after marrying her partner of 10 years in 2014.
"I don’t enjoy being single. It’s not something I wanted," she said.
There’s nothing nice about it. It’s just hard. Sometimes maybe it appears I am pulling it all together, but really I am just trying to get through my days. Emotionally it’s been a very difficult year."