Don’t get me wrong – I love Mickey Rourke. He’s a man who has been through some sh-t, and has come through it with a lovely, intelligent Zen-line mentality. His hell raising days are over, and he’s gotten his second chance, and he’s keeping his head down and doing the work, bless his heart. So I can forgive him his little Russian girlfriend, I really can. If he’s happy and she’s happy, I’m happy for them. While some might wonder how he can keep a pretty little Russian girl happy, I know how. The man is packing serious pipe, and my guess is that he probably treats her like gold.
The girl’s name is Anastassija Makarenko, and from what I could determine from some internet searching is that she’s maybe 24 years old. Don’t hold me to that. She looks 16 years old, and she’s probably in reality 30 years old. But I do know Mickey’s age – he’s 57 years old, and so it follows that he thinks Anastassija is a “gift from heaven.” Yes, 20-something vadge is now being classified as “heavenly”.
A year after his emotional comeback performance earned him a Golden Globe for The Wrestler, Mickey Rourke was once again on cloud nine at this year’s show, thanks to the new love he squired down the red carpet.
Rourke’s girlfriend – who has widely been misidentified on the Internet – is Russian-born model Anastassija Makarenko, Rourke reveals exclusively to PEOPLE. “She’s a gift from heaven,” says the actor, 57, who seemed smitten as he kept a tight grip the stunning blonde throughout the evening.
“Obviously she’s a very beautiful woman,” says Rourke. “But she’s got the biggest heart, she’s got a great family, she’s really close to her mother and father – they’re great people.”
The pair, who both live in New York and met at a photo shoot, have been together about six months. But it’s already serious: Rourke recently gave Makarenko a Pomeranian (named Tango), and in December he traveled to Germany to meet her parents.
Though the consummate on-screen tough guy admits he was nervous, “They loved him,” says Makarenko, adding, “He’s the most beautiful man in the world, he’s a sweetheart, and the best boyfriend.”
Rourke, whose upcoming projects include Iron Man 2 and Passion Play with Megan Fox, wouldn’t comment on whether he and Makarenko are – or will become – engaged. All he would say is: “I wouldn’t trade her in for 20 Academy Awards.”
Well, it’s good that she’s around, just so Megan Fox won’t try to get her dirty mitts on Mickey. And this girl is very pretty, and she’s stuck around for six months, so maybe it is love. Like I said, I bet Mickey treats her like gold, and she seems to be cool with his dogs and his lifestyle, so maybe it’s a match made in “heaven”. I have to admit this though – when I saw the two of them interviewed on the Golden Globes red carpet (that’s where these photos are from), and I finally heard her speak, my first thought was “oh please, hooker.” I’m so ashamed!