Sunday 17 December 2017

Michael's Fassbender Leading ladies...and what captures his attention

Nicole Beharie
Nicole Beharie
PAST ROMANCES: Michael Fassbender has only recently split with Alicia Vikander
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

Known as one of Hollywood's biggest heartthrobs, in recent days it emerged that Michael Fassbender is a single man again.

The Kerry star had been dating Swedish actress Alicia Vikander for a year after meeting while filming The Light Between Oceans.

He was previously in relationships with Shame actress Nicole Beharie and his X-Men co-star Zoe Kravitz.

It is unclear why Vikander and Fassbender have split, although demanding work schedules could be a factor.

The actor, who is worth €26m, told GQ magazine in 2013: "I'm kind of selfish with the hours that I put into the work. I think the longest relationship that I've been in was two years. I started doing this when I was 17, so I guess in my dating adult life that kind of covers it."

So what does it take to win his heart?

Speaking about his tastes in women, the 38-year-old said: "Everybody would rather a feisty woman, no? You don't want a wallflower, you want life and passion and opinion."

In the past he has been linked to a number of leading ladies, including Cameron Diaz and Lupita Nyong'o.

Though he doesn't take his sex symbol status too seriously: "I make a lot more friends. You become a lot more successful in terms of talking to a girl. She's all of a sudden more interested in me. I know that, like, three years ago, she would've walked away after two sentences left my mouth."

He explained: "I remember I was sitting at this table at this thing, and I was talking to this girl. I was like, 'God, I am so boring right now'. But she was like, 'That's so interesting'. I was like: 'You know what? Five years ago, this would not have been interesting.'"

Recent media reports have suggested that the on-screen chemistry between Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence in X-Men: First Class as Magneto and Mystique has been clear to see but there have been no confirmations to date.

In recent years it has done his reputation with the ladies no harm that his private parts have been the subject of much discussion. With a flurry of press coverage and even a mention from George Clooney during his Globe acceptance speech, Fassbender's penis was at one stage the talk of Hollywood.

Clooney thanked him for "taking over the frontal nude responsibly that I had", during his Globes acceptance speech, adding: "Really Michael, honestly, you can play golf like this with your hands behind your back."

However, Fassbender has said that the world's obsession with his private member is sexist and it wouldn't happen if he was a woman. "It wouldn't be acceptable. It would be seen as sexual harassment, people saying [to an actress], 'your vagina…' You know?" he complained.

Despite his endowment, the actor says he is self-conscious about baring all: "I'm insecure, of course I am. But that was just a matter of me going, okay, and just getting naked."

Sunday Independent

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