Did Liam Neeson secretly have a New York girlfriend for the past 6 months?

This ^^ is a photo of Liam Neeson with Freya St. Johnston back in March of this year. Liam and Freya have been dating for about two years exactly – they first went public back in September of 2010. By most accounts, Freya was his first and only significant relationship since Natasha Richardson passed away, and although Freya is more than 20 years younger than Liam, I think most people wished them well, even when there were tabloid rumors that Liam had proposed to her as well. Well, things are now in disarray. In a bizarrely specific and detail-filled report in Sunday’s Page Six, there are claims that Liam was secretly (?) dating another woman, an American, for the past six months or so, all while keeping Freya as his “London girlfriend” or something:

Liam Neeson had a months-long fling with a beautiful and much younger New York p.r. executive — who even met his family — but now he struggles to even remember her name. The hunky “Schindler’s List” star, 60, met stunning 28-year-old LFB Media Group executive Katy Schell at a premiere for his March movie, “Wrath of the Titans,” spies say.

“He’d seen her on the red carpet and thought she was beautiful,” says a source, “and he asked to meet her.” The two began a casual romance that became one of New York’s worst-kept secrets.

But later that month, Neeson was seen stepping out with his London-based girlfriend, Freya St. Johnston, in tony Mayfair — and then at Club 55 while on vacation in St. Tropez.

When Neeson was in New York, he spent a lot of time with Schell. “She met his family,” a source says. “She would stay at his apartment and met V anessa Redgrave [the mother of Neeson’s late wife, Natasha Richardson] when she came over.” The source added that Neeson had introduced Schell to his son on two occasions.

But when we contacted a Neeson rep about the relationship over the summer, we were told Neeson had “never heard of Schell.”

The pair recently broke it off because, as Neeson explained to Schell, he was “back with an old friend from London,’ who was staying with him all summer at his house in Millbrook,” a source told Page Six. “The funny part is that he invited Katy [to his country home] numerous times over the summer, but she never made the trip.”

Of the split, a source close to Schell said: “Liam was really sweet and respectful about the breakup. Overall, Katy has nothing but nice things to say about him.” But a source close to the actor tells us: “They never dated. Maybe they hung out once or twice, but that’s it.”

Handsome Neeson has been reinvented in Hollywood as an action hero in films including the 2008 hit “Taken,” its upcoming sequel, “Taken2,” and “The Grey”. Both Schell and a rep for Neeson could not be reached for comment.

[From Page Six]

I think most people want to give Liam the benefit of the doubt, and sure, there could be a perfectly reasonable and not-at-all-sketchy explanation for all of this. So, what does that explanation look like? He and Freya cooled off earlier this year, but still kept in touch, and maybe saw each other when they were in the same city, all while Liam casually dated another woman in New York, this Katy Schell? And who is giving Page Six this information? It sounds like it’s coming from Katy Schell’s camp, right? Which makes me wonder if Katy Schell thought she and Liam were exclusive. Which makes me wonder if Freya thought she and Liam were exclusive too. I guess Liam might have a dash of Clooney in him after all!

Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.

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  1. mommak918 says:

    Thanks Kaiser for the sexy pictures this early am.
    Regardless, I dont care if he had a 28 yr old or not ;)
    Just gives me hope he may be into younger ladies (you know for the future.)

  2. mk yarwood says:

    He IS wearing a gold chain, and he IS Irish. And, while Nell might not be the sexiest movie in the world, he was the sexiest – ever – in it.


  3. mln76 says:

    He was a well known playboy pre-Natasha maybe he’s back to his old ways….

  4. Sway says:

    Hm… SHe’s very Sharon Stone-y looking. I don’t really like her with him.

  5. Sara says:

    He is not married he can ” see ” whoever he wants( including me, pls!). He needs. To just enjoy himself for a while .

  6. Jenny says:

    Another negative Liam Neeson story? First it is possible plastic surgery and now possibly dating or having younger women on the side. Since he is not married, don’t know what the problem is.

  7. Guesto says:

    I don’t see anything sketchy here. He’s single, surely he can date who he likes and as many women as he likes, without having to explain himself? I also don’t get this thing that he should be expected to behave in some almost saintly manner: he’s never put himself across that way. He lost his wife tragically and mourned her and is now getting on with the business of living. Best of luck and happiness to him, wherever he finds it.

  8. Nibbi says:

    he has SO had work done on his eyes and while just looking at the top photo alone he looks ok and indeed a lot younger, in comparison with old pictures he has lot an insane amount of hotness. it’s too bad.

  9. Micki says:

    Has he moved together with Freya or they were casually “seeing” each other for 6 months?I define a relationship(for myself) when 2 start living together.Otherwise each is a free agent.

  10. lafairy says:

    Widow or not, I am not giving him a pass!!

    The guy is an old shmuck who has turned himself into a major tool since his wife passing!!

    Sorry but to me at 60 he is becoming to share the same kind of feathers that have Hef painted as a massive pervert!

    and the worst part? he has massive tool painted all over his face right next to “old fart” in capitals

    ewwwwww!!! and I used to admire his work

    • Jax says:

      The last I heard, LiamNeeson doesn’t need to buy any woman, keep her under lock and key, and demand group sex along with celibacy from his women. When you get the scoop on that, I will be more then happy to stop swooning.

      • lafairy says:

        Sure but bedding women that could be his grandchildren age, and cheating on them with one another is a quite good start on the Hef’s route…

        Ps: and if he was the postman of a little city no women 20 yrs younger would look at him twice, it’s his “star power” that attracts them not him, using that kind of power to bed way younger women is not that far nof a stretch from hef…

        That’s why Pierce Brosnan or Sean Connery get even more respect from me they could use that “star power” to try to bed some grandchildren’s age women, but they don’t, because they know better, have a bit of values and class.

  11. lafairy says:

    Shocking to see that all the frightened and well-meaning comments which were spread on the Sharon Stone thread have miracullously vanished on this one, while we are talking about a 60 yrs old man cheating on his 38 yrs old significant other of 2 years (sorry but 2 yrs even if you don’t live together it’s definitely dating!) with a 28 yrs old!!!!!
    where are these bitter and self righteous comments?? where???

  12. Jacki says:

    Oh, he’s just dating around I’m sure…he will know when he’s ready to be exclusive again-if ever! Since my mom died, my dad is doing the same thing. He goes with one,then he changes his mind, then maybe they go on a few dates again. He told all us kids he was going to start dating and we don’t hold it against Him. In fact, he tells me about his dating experiences now that I’m the married one and he’s single again, lol. We just want him to be happy. Liam deserves the same happiness, and if kids can accept it after losing there mother tragically, like we did,then the public sure as hell should accept it about Liam!!!

  13. Mrs. Ari Gold says:

    Who knows what the deal is. But I think these women are way to young for him – he’s an old geezer.

      • Really? says:

        I know! It’s like these kinds of guys refuse to go out with women in their 40′s and 50′s because it reminds them of their quickly approaching mortality…Any woman in her 20′s that gets approached by a 60 year old and doesn’t see F’d up psychology deserves to be used for human viagra.

    • Jax says:

      I’d say Natasha was age appropriate. And considering she might possibly be the love of his life maybe he doesn’t wish to love and lose again like he did with her, so he goes for the younger women not looking to go too too serious.

      I just adore him as an actor and if that’s the route he chooses, it’s fine. He’s not dating 18 year olds. I think that would be too much for me to deal with personally so I can understand the ick factor.

  14. Jacki says:

    Oh, and nobody really know what the status or rules of the two year relationship are/were. He’s a sexy older man who Deserves to be happy. It’s amazing to me ,that a child of widower, who’s Own mother has died, thinks he’s allowed to be happy and should be left alone and Alot of You think he’s bad. I Hope your Fathers and Brothers ect are never put in his situation. It’s easy to judge from your high, far off perches, but I believe God or Karma gives u back this that u judge as a challenge or punishment for doing so in the first place. So, good luck with that! I hope and wish better than for all of u strict Puritan judges of character. Sigh.

    • lafairy says:

      I do have an aunt and an uncle who are both widows, while they are both seeking to find happiness again they certainly do not try to find it at the kindergarten’s exit… (and they are both way younger than this old man!)…

      So widow or not no excuses for such a despictable behavious from a man who should know better at his quite advanced age!

    • lafairy says:

      Far from venom!!! More like a reality check from a 25 yrs who is really really grossed out abd would like to see grandpas being at least the half of the criticism that cougars that can be be their daughters have in the same situation witout as shoking situations!

      • whatthehell456 says:

        Lafairy, you really need to calm down. Again, his lifestyle in no way effects yours. Why so up in arms about it? I agree with you that men seem to get a pass at dating much younger women and women get condemned for dating younger guys, but really in the grand scheme of things, who cares?
        This from a 31 year old who’s learned to live and let live.

      • lafairy says:

        “but really in the grand scheme of things, who cares?”

        errrr….. Let say Gossip readers??? as in a gossip website on which everybody speculates and let out his opinions and judgments…

        and also maybe some women that get annoyed that Sharon Stone gets grilled but not someone who got accolades for dating someone who is not far from the possibility of being his grandchildren… maybe that’s what’s at the end of the ‘grand scheme of thing’, more equality and respect for women. Not being consided like a disposable good that can be passed to grandpas without having anyone blink an eyelid.

        PS: and I am quite calm and zen from the very beginning of this thread…

      • whatthehell456 says:

        Then you should be angry at the women who allow themselves to be used by an older man as a trophy. Men are going to date women younger than themselves and it’s the younger women who allow it so why not save your ire for them?
        Women will not acheive equality and respect until it is given between us women first…when we can stop calling other women whores, dried up old ladies, and ball busting bitches, and simply support each other, then maybe the men will take notice and begin treating us with respect too.

        Having said that, I don’t think that Liam dating a much younger woman is setting feminism back in any way shape or form. He just a man looking for happiness like all of us are doing whether he’s looking for it in the wrong place or not. That’s his choice.

      • lafairy says:


        “Then you should be angry at the women who allow themselves to be used by an older man as a trophy. Men are going to date women younger than themselves and it’s the younger women who allow it so why not save your ire for them?”

        Well I actually find younger women who are willing to be treated that way despictable…but also society (and men!) push for the standard couple were a man is systematically older too (not as drastic as in this case, but women are generally pushed to date older while they are strongly rejected if they “dare” dating (even just a bit) younger!

        “Women will not acheive equality and respect until it is given between us women first…when we can stop calling other women whores, dried up old ladies, and ball busting bitches, and simply support each other, then maybe the men will take notice and begin treating us with respect too.”

        I could not agree more and if you are a regular on celebitchy you surely know that I am a passionate defendor of this exact statement!

        But should we always blame just ourself??? Shouldn’t a man who is reaching elderly territory but who still want to just date women in their 20′s or 30′s be strongly pointed as the one who carrying a ‘deviant’ behaviour’?
        Shouldn’t we condemn a bit more such a reprehensible dating behaviour that only considers us as nothing more than a “fresh piece of meat”?

        Yes the women are despictable for willing, but the old man is maybe more despictable for pursuing such a shallow purpose at his very advanced age.

        “He just a man looking for happiness like all of us are doing whether he’s looking for it in the wrong place or not. That’s his choice.”

        Sure it is his choice. But it is also my right to be apalled by such a low and disgusting choice.

        And it is also my choice and right to point a dirty old man when I see one. For the sake of not willing to ignore deviant and disgusting behaviour when I see one.

        PS: oh and what sets feminism back is always and no matter what blaming the woman (in that case the 60′s grandpa reaching for a ‘fresh piece’ is way more blamable and despicable)…

      • whatthehell456 says:

        I can agree with what most of what you’re saying, but we’re going to have to agree to disagree on the “deviant” part. Perhaps if she was underage, I could understand this label, but she’s well past the age of majority, as is he, and if this suits them, so be it.

        And why shouldn’t we blame ourselves? Again, if we can’t show ourselves respect how do we expect the other sex to do so? We allow ourselves to be viewed as pieces of meat, from music videos, to movies, to singers. Until we’ve all had enough, put our collective “foot” down and say enough is enough, we’re just as much to blame for the way we’re treated.

        You’re correct, it is your absolute right to feel disgust for this man if that’s how you feel. We don’t all feel that way obviously, lol.

      • lafairy says:

        “And why shouldn’t we blame ourselves? Again, if we can’t show ourselves respect how do we expect the other sex to do so?”

        I didn’t say we souldn’t blame ousrselves I underlined why do we have to blame SOLELY ourselves, in any case it is always the woman who is blamed .

        While here the man is mainly to blame!

        Sorry but I stick to the ‘deviant’ point: a man who wants to date women who can be his daughters or grand-daughters has clearly and without a doubt some really deep and damaged issues. It is not just about being legal or not, it is about the magnitude of neuroses at stake!

        “We don’t all feel that way obviously, lol. ”

        Yes but we clearly are a good chuck to think that this old geezer is a deviant pervert too!

        I am maybe too much sought after by men around my own age to have to rely on fantasize or men older than my granpa’. But hey! to each his/her options!

    • Me Too says:

      32years is a big age diff but you’re right; it’s nobody’s business but the two involved. That said, I find the hypocrisy both from the writers of this site, who I love, and from commenters a bit sad. For women doing the same thing, the articles all either make fun of them or sneer at them. Same with the comments. I’m not a Sharon Stone or Madonna fan but the derision these women get, mostly from other women, while men like Liam get the boys will be boys or the go boy cheers is a bit irritating. If it’s ok for Liam, why isn’t it ok or J Lo or Stone?

  15. Lucy says:

    I am 40 and will be his secret girlfriend.

  16. Melissa says:

    If he was open with Freya that they were not exclusive, then it’s not cheating, but a 60yo with a 28yo is super gross. And denying knowing somebody that you slept with is just – ugh – so disrespectful.

    I’m going to be flamed for this, but I get that feeling that he had extramarital encounters while Natasha was alive.

  17. Cathy says:

    He’s free to date whoever he wishes. I sure as heck wouldn’t throw him outta bed.

  18. WOM says:

    At least twice the Daily Mail has posted photos of Liam with a urine-soaked crotch. HIS OWN URINE.

    I get that old dudes have prostate issues, but between that, the plastic surgery, AND him cheating on his London-lover, I no longer find him hot.

  19. Jayna says:

    I bet he led Freya to believe it’s exclusive. She has little kids, a career, and she is always adjusting her life for him. No way is it casual.. Here she thinks she’s being patient and understanding with regard to his grieving and working a lot and having the boys and he goes and sleeps with a 28-year-old and he has to dump her before Freya comes for the summer to NY.

    Liam never responds to gossip printed. It always impressed me how he and his reps ignore everything put out there, like the stewardess he went out with two years ago that had an open marriage and saw him a few times and she boasted to a tabloid and he never said a word.

    The reason he was denying this was one reason only – he was cheating on Freya and was scrambling first denying he knew her and then later saying they never dated, just hung out two times, coming through his rep.

  20. the original bellaluna says:

    I wouldn’t turn him down! He’s sweet and sexy, and I’m almost 20 years younger. Plus, I happen to be a great mom, and have experienced the teen years with my own kids.

    Of course, there is the little matter of my current husband… ;)

  21. geekychick says:

    There was gossip going around that he went on his wife, but I always rejected the thought, especially after her death. Natasha Richardson! Who’d cheat on her?
    But this makes me wonder.

  22. Jayna says:

    I find his longterm girlfriend not pretty at all. All of her features are just okay. She has a face like Heather, Paul McCartney’s ex, kind of harsh features, and she’s in PR too, trying to be in the know with celebs. Although I’m sure she’s been good for him.

    But I see this interview of Natasha and after seeing and reading such vapid interviews of our present day actresses, to see someone with grace and class and having more to say in an interview than about their yoga and tan exercise, lol, she’s so refreshing. Natasha was pretty in still photos but where she came alive was live, her mannerisms and beautiful voice, etc. Liam was a loner, womanizer before Natasha came along and he wanted marriage. I can’t imagine him ever marrying again unless it is someone like Natasha who brings a lot to the table as a partner to hold his interest.

    Interview with Charlie Rose – Natasha.


    and another one, which is so sad because she talks about Liam almost dying in that motorcycle accident and cries and lucky they were and then some years later for Natasha to die is just shocking.


  23. pinchofsalt says:

    He is supremely hot. And why shouldn’t he have a bit of fun? Consenting adults…

  24. Galina says:

    He is cool.. he is just a human guy…