Liv Tyler & Benedict Cumberbatch are a new couple? OMG, what?!

OMG! Benedict Cumberbatch is dating… Liv Tyler?!? Benedict and Liv are seen here, in these photos, leaving a movie in LA. Is this a date? I thought she was based in New York? I thought he was based in London? Well, Cumberbatch was in LA over the weekend for the Emmys (Sherlock got shut out, which sucks because it’s an awesome show). I guess he decided to stay in town to get some Liv Tyler action? I have to wonder how recent this coupling is… Benedict has been saying in interviews that he’s single – he’s been saying that for months. Are they old friends who found each other anew? Have they been dating on the downlow for months? I really need to know.

I understand that Cumby isn’t everyone’s taste. That’s fine. My Cumby Love is not like my Fassy Love. Like, I feel the need to ensure that everyone realizes their own personal Michael Fassbender Obsession. But my thing for Cumby is much more private and personal, although I recently sent CB the DVDs of Sherlock’s first two seasons, and now she’s somewhat obsessed too. CB really likes this pairing because she likes Liv Tyler a lot. But I think Liv is kind of… meh. She’s not actively bad or anything, and I like how low-key she is, and I like that Cumberbatch doesn’t have any issue with dating a single mom too. But I’m just not that into her.

What if they got married? What if Cumberbatch was related through marriage to Steven Tyler?!? OMG.

PS… WTF are those things on Cumby’s feet?

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Ellie says:

    Looks like he’s wearing Tom’s or something like them.

    • Honey Poo Poo formally known as beyonce's bump says:

      omg TOM’s are EEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeevrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyyy where! It is beggining to drive me nuts!

      • L says:

        Super comfy (and better than the crocs/uggs trend of a few years back)

        They are awesome shoes. I have a pair of toms wedges and they are fantastic.

    • Esmom says:

      Omg, I just started noticing those Toms a couple weeks ago. We were at a college football game and the family in front of us — mom, dad, baby and toddler — all were wearing them. Now I notice them all the time! Yuck. Although the baby’s hot pink sequined ones were pretty cute.

      • Leigh says:

        Like. ew. Gross.. and you know what else.. ugh.. they run this One to One program where for every pair you purchase, they like, give one to a child in poverty.. like, ew.

        I have three pairs, they’re so comfortable and they promote social awareness. It’s a great company and program.

      • Esmom says:

        @Leigh, I had no idea about their charity program, I just became aware of them on people’s feet. So FWIW I was remarking on their aesthetics and apparent popularity, not the company’s philosophy or business model. Geez.

        Good for them for being socially responsible. I think they look a bit like bedroom slippers but to each his own.

      • ORLY says:

        In all fairness, Leigh, Blake Mycoskie (founder of Toms) was caught up in a scandal when he spoke at an anti-gay, pro-family event last year sometime. So if we’re going to talk about being socially aware, we must also look at the flip side.

        I own a couple pairs and find them quite comfy, so there’s that.

    • Me Too says:

      Yep! Cumby is a Toms guy. Funny!

  2. heatheradair says:

    They’re TOMS. Like K-Stew was wearing.

    OH — and yep, they’ll probably live happily ever after because THEY LOOK LIKE BROTHER AND SISTER.

    Jesus, I SO need to write a book about that phenomenon.

    • Emma says:

      It’s called “giftastycke” in Sweden. So yeah, no need to write a book hehe

      • francesca1 says:

        Emma, that is fascinating. I tried to google the word but couldn’t get anything to come up. My hubby and I are always told we look like we’re related. I would love to know more about it!

    • Happymom says:

      This. Their facial structure is so similar it is eerie.

      • Trashaddict says:

        Both their facial structures and STRANGE and while I like them both, they prob should not reproduce together because their babies would look like aliens.

    • femmefataleonamission says:

      There are studies about ten years old confirming this. I just went to Wikipedia, but so far it looks like the human race is full of people who find themselves pretty and want to date others who look like us. Also: Cumberbatch. Who wouldn’t want to date him? Liv is a crap actress, but at least she knows it and does very little, unlike others. *coughGOOPcough*

      • heatheradair says:

        Yep — I love the studies — I’ve been reading everything I can about it — but so far, it’s yet to get a ton of pop-culture press outside of the occasional Jezebel article about how we’re drawn to people with similar facial proportions.

        I LOVE IT.

        The best explanation I’ve read came from a Psych Today article that talked about safety and familiarity and how we’re drawn to safe/familiar faces because they’re non-threatening, which is, in the long run, most advantageous to our survival — find a face that looks like family.

        I tend not to believe that it’s straight narcissism, more like an innate attraction toward things that feel familiar.

    • lori says:

      I was just thinking this. They could be related their facial features are so similar. Also wasn’t her husband an odd looking Englishmen? Maybe that’s her thing.

      • zenb!tch says:

        I was thinking both – they look alike and she has a thing for odd looking Englishmen.

        I don’t get his appeal as a “hottie” but I have nothing against him. She seems decent and also not as hot as “they” say. I like them as a couple.

    • gg says:

      Yeah, they both are pretty horsey in the face.

  3. cat says:

    I think those are Tom’s -shoes- which I don’t usually see men wear but I do have a pair and they have a distinctive white ‘label’ in that spot. I burst out laughing! Oh & she has a ring on (almost looks engagement-y).

    p.s. had she been married? I don’t know or remember any of her dating history!

  4. jules says:

    I think he’s wearing Toms, non?

  5. ORLY says:

    Cumby wearing Toms is hilarious to me somehow.

  6. Brown says:

    I like Liv a lot, but I can’t lie, Cumby just does NOT do ANYTHING for me. I feel like I’m missing out on something. Maybe he reminds me of one of my uncles or something. I dunno.

    • Liv says:

      She’s so pretty! Plus she seems very nice and down to earth.

      He’s doing nothing for me either. But I can see them as a couple ;-)

    • Esmom says:

      I don’t see the attraction either. He looks like a younger, less hot Dennis Quaid to me. But if they’re happy, I wish them well!

      • Brown says:

        OMG, you are SPOT ON with the DQ comparison!! I knew he reminded me of someone but I couldn’t put my finger on it!

        Weird because I find Dennis hot but Cumby does NADA for me

      • Esmom says:

        It’s all in the arrangement of the features, even a slight shifting can make a difference. I think the Pitt brothers are a good example, lol. You can see the resemblance but somehow Brad’s features translate to smoking hot and his brother’s translate to blandly handsome.

    • Raven says:

      I like Liv a lot as well. She was adorable on screen when she was younger. Cumberpatch is a good actor. He does crazy really well. But I don’t find him that attractive either.

      Can’t wait for the new Sherlock episodes though.

  7. marie says:

    I can see it, they might work. Although he is a bit of a whiner (that’s not really the word I’m looking for)? And I’ve never gotten that vibe from Liv before..

    wait.. those are Tom’s, now I feel bad for calling Kristen’s shoes ugly, I mean they are, but…

  8. Amelia says:


    Hmm. I can’t stand Liv Tyler’s acting. I saw the Hulk over the weekend and I personally thought she truly sucked. But she’s not a famewhore and seems quite sweet, so swings and roundabouts I guess.
    However when my evil plan comes to fruition and I am the new Bond villain … she’ll be on my list …

    • Liv says:

      I really like her and I think she’s a good actress, but her lips distracted me all the time while watching Hulk! Don’t tell me she has had plastic surgery! ;-)

  9. Sirsnarksalot says:

    This guy looks to me like he might have a chromosome or two extra. But to each his own. I salivate over Joaquin Phoenix and he’s mangy looking too. AND he also dated Liv Tyler for a stretch!

  10. Alli says:

    I’m getting the sense that this is just friendship right now. They are both linked to a film project called “Phoenix.” But I’m hoping this slowly and normally grows into a relationship because I totally have to see wedding pictures with Ben and Steven Tyler. How AMAZING would those be?! Do you think they’d give eachother voice lessons?

    • leitaoalys says:

      ALSO: They are both in the Hobbit films – though they wouldn’t have filmed any scenes together, they’ve probably met up & will continue to do so for promo – it’s only a couple of months away!!

  11. Dorothy#1 says:

    OMG OMG I love this!!!!!!!! I love her, I love him! Please let this be true!!!

  12. ruby says:

    They would have pretty elf-like babies. I know, that’s irrelevant but still, I wanted to put it out there.

  13. Isan says:

    The things on Cumby’s feet look like Tekkies slip ons, made by Puma. They are supposedly very comfortable.

  14. Cathy says:

    I don’t know, he doesn’t do nothing for me (unlike the Fassy). But those shoes look comfortable.

  15. Eve says:

    They’re doing a movie together but if they end up dating, I don’t hate the idea of them as couple.

    • EscapedConvent says:

      But Eve!! How are we going to ride our Cumby like Seabiscuit if he’s busy being an Elf with Liv Tyler?

      But I don’t hate the idea either. When I saw, months ago, that they were supposed to be in a movie together, I thought they would look cute.

      • Eve says:

        I’m not going to lie: I’m a little jealous…but what else can I do?

        Unless…I can hire some orcs to hunt her down and take her to Mordor.

        *evil laughter*

      • EscapedConvent says:

        Yep, that’s pale, skinny Cumby all right. Ends of the Earth is the first time I recall seeing the Cumberbum, too. I was surprised it was so cute.

        I’m afraid the only thing he can do to not stir up jealousy in his Cumberbitches is maybe check into a monastery.

    • EscapedConvent says:

      Me too—I cannot lie. I swear on the heart & soul of Cumby that I am having twinges of envy. Yet, I think Liv is kinda sweet & she also has a beautiful voice. A bit sing-songy, but still nice. Wouldn’t their conversations sound lovely?

    • EscapedConvent says:

      Wow! I wonder what this is from. That does kinda look like his mouth. Hmmm…

  16. Saphana says:

    their babies would look interesting

  17. angie says:

    I think he’s wearing Soludos, like Pablo Picasso used to wear. They’re said to be very comfortable.

  18. garvels says:

    She must be desperate.

  19. Beth says:

    I absolutely despise the shoes, but I want to discuss Liz’ handbag. I love it!

  20. Relli says:

    Yeah those are TOMS and what is ironic it that they have been running ads on your sight A LOT!

  21. stellalovejoydiver says:

    Liv is so beautiful and her skin is great. What´s up with the dark spot on Cumberbitch´s forehead? Did he get a sunburn? Also is it just me or does he look less alienesque here?

    • Eve says:

      Those spots on his forehead are the result of having to wear a special makeup during Danny Boyle’s production of “Frankenstein”.

      About his strange, unique appearance…well, I’ve realized recently what/who he reminded me of. Benedict Cumberbatch is a long lost member of The Addams Family!!!

      He’s like one of those relative that attend their balls every now and then — and he doesn’t even need a special name or anything. Morticia Addams would simply introduce him like this: “That’s Uncle Cumberbatch, from the moors of England”.

      • Eve says:

        *crosses arms, snaps fingers*

      • EscapedConvent says:

        And he will be wearing a lovely velvet-trimmed frock coat. And gorgeous smooth leather riding boots.

        Yes, I have him all dressed in my head. Help me.

      • Eve says:

        I can’t. I’m picturing his “Addams Family outfit” too.

        Maybe something like this?

        Or this one?

      • EscapedConvent says:

        Yes! Perfection! Wow, I’m glad someone else is playing Imaginery Paper Dolls with Cumby so I’m not the only nuttybuddy here….-)

        The handsome frock coat will of course be draped over the leather sofa as he reads Wordsworth in front of a blazing fire, brandy in hand. We can take turns bringing him his slippers….I mean, his Toms.

      • dooliloo says:

        @ Eve HAHAHAHA!!! I must show this to my mother!!! She’s going to be seething over this… She said something along the lines “he’d make a great Addams family member, another cousin It Cumberbacth!” I was crying from laughter at the truth of this…

        I completely overlooked this post, everyday there is a new one on CB so I frankly missed it!

        Well on another note, I want to believe that they can be friends you know… my best friend is a man and it’s amazing the number of people assuming we had “sex” at some point because of our close friendship. Why can’t certain people get it through their heads that just because you may not be capable of a platonic relationship, other people are. My best friend is like a brother more than a friend but, honestly, the amount of raised eyebrows and suggestive comments was ridiculous, hurtful and then after a while not caring anymore it was simply funny. Just because you can’t be friends with the opposite sex without wanting to sleep with doesn’t give you the right to judge those who can…

        Rant over. Then I could be wrong about these two but oh well…

      • Eve says:

        Oh, I totally understand you. Most of my closest friends are men — I don’t know and I don’t care if anyone thinks there’s “something else” happening between us. But then again, I never actually paid attention to that.

  22. sullivan says:

    They look like “correctional facility” shoes.

  23. MissMary says:

    Straight up friends only–I only say that b/c a work-friend of mine knows Liv through industry stuff (not like besties or anything, she strictly knows Liv via professional channels) and it was due to Phoenix and knowing each other from LotR. No romance. Besides, the body language screams “friends”.

    • Lisa says:

      Yeah, I see them as friends also. I know most people will jump to a conclusion, but I have guy friends I go to movies with all the time, and we’re just that: friends.

  24. Birdie says:

    They work on a movie together. They are not dating (hopefully.. because he is miiine ;) )

  25. Reece says:

    Tolkien = Love! He brings people together. True or not that’s how it’s gonna play in my head. :D

  26. Lisa says:

    Almost entirely unrelated, but how awesome would it be if Cumberbatch guest starred as a villain on “Psych”?? I know he’d probably never do it, but you can’t deny it’d be awesome.

    • Alli says:

      A Psych fan and a Cumby fan. Lisa, I believe we are soulmates.

      As much as I would love to see Benny on Psych, I still want to see Val Kilmer more. It HAS to happen.

  27. Malificent says:

    Ya know, when LOTR came out, a buddy of mine was complaining about how Cate Blanchett and Liv Tyler weren’t pretty enough to play the most beautiful women in Middle Earth. I explained to him that while Cate’s face is not classically proportioned, she’s such a fabulous actress that she can just channel Most Beautiful Elf Ever — and 2 minutes into her first scene as Galadriel he totally got it (bless him!).

    But I was like WTF with Liv Tyler cuz she is quite conventionally lovely. And he said “it’s the overbite” — and then I saw it, and now I can’t unsee it. So, I think she’s lovely — and hope she and Cumby are awesome together. But I can’t look at a picture of her without staring at the overbite….

  28. Sophie says:

    I wouldn’t freak out just yet – didn’t she do the exact same thing with Charlie Hunnam when they were about to shoot a movie together? everybody thought they were a couple too just because they were photographed leaving the cinema together. i’m gonna say they’re just friends/it’s LOTR related :)

    • Miss Mary says:

      Yep, same deal. You can even see the same “vibe” in the pics of her and Hunham. Friends but not “friendly” lol.

  29. Happy21 says:

    I just don’t see the appeal of him in the slightest. He is odd and feminine looking to me. I thought it was a joke at first that there were women falling over themselves about him.

    Oh well, to each his (or her) own…

  30. roxy750 says:

    Oh SHASTA no! No! No! Really? What’s the deal? This woman is lovely…why why? ugh it’s so scary

  31. Angi says:

    He was meant to marry me! JK! Good for them! He is hot and she is hot, so hot couple alert?

  32. lower-case deb says:


  33. Antony says:

    A lot of guys wear these types of shoes in Europe and Australia and have for years. Mainstream American men’s fashion seems to be extremely conservative and same same.

    • dj says:

      Agreed about Tom’s shoes. My husband has two pairs and I have three pairs. They are wonderfully comfortable.

  34. Katyusha says:

    Am I the only one who thinks he looks like a serial killer?

  35. lilly says:

    omg i know that’s crazy but i’m seriously jealous :*( i don’t want it to be true as much as i want him to be happy cause if it really is true than i think he will have all the cumberbabies with her cause she wants a lot of kids too omg i’m gonna die nooo.

  36. Hubbahun says:

    Kaiser, is it okay if I just get the Cumby love rather than the Fass love? Cos I get the Cumby love. I will never ever find Fassy attractive. Ever. On a side note, I used to date someone called Cumby. That was his surname. Really. He was not of the same calibre as this Cumby by a long shot. :P

  37. Dahlia1947 says:

    ick dont care cause he ain’t cute.

  38. aang says:

    they are each ok on their own. (i prefer watson, i have a thing for hobbits :) but they would make one very disturbing looking child. even if it was beautiful it would be freakishly beautiful…….

  39. Fudge you, I'm going to Guam! says:

    What happened to THEO!? Why did she break up with Theo!?

    • Miss Mary says:

      They were still together less than a month ago… Can’t find anything saying they split. LEnds more credence to this being “just friends”.

  40. serena says:

    I don’t get him, he’s totally meh.

  41. MMS says:

    @Kaiser Did you happen to see what Michael K at Dlisted linked his story to…

    I literally lol-ed out loud!!!

  42. perez says:

    They’re trying SO hard to keep a safe, platonic distance, but the excited, restrained smiles of a date gone well are all over BOTH their faces!


  43. lafairy says:

    I can’t believe she is 36!! she looks so fresh (note to self: that’s how I want to be at 36!) she is just 2 yrs younger than penelope cruz but looks a decade her junior, her skin is just amazing!!!!

    otherwise I don’t “get” this man and I can’t understand how a such dull lad can snatch a lady like her!

  44. Ennie says:

    Both look like elves.

  45. Mark says:

    Liv! Ben! Why the long faces?

  46. Would Vincet Cassel Wear This? says:

    I always thought she should’ve been a much bigger star than she is. I don’t know what went wrong. Maybe she’s not a very good actor and can’t play a diverse range of characters. As for Cumberbatch I just don’t get his appeal at all. He’s very overrated.

  47. Nina says:

    I totally get this pairing. She strikes me as a lot less shallow than most celebs, lives mostly out of the spotlight, dates guys she’s actually interested in… not just the flavor of the month. I went to a spa in the desert a few years ago and she was there at the same time… incredibly luminous skin and a gentle presence. She gets two thumbs up in my book. And how cool is the thought of an Aerosmith/Sherlock mash up?

  48. Loulou says:

    I think they’re a cute couple.

  49. Atlantan says:

    YAY! I love both Liv and Benedict!!!

  50. fan says:

    perfect match! Two horsefaces.

  51. insomniac says:

    Huh. If this is true, I don’t hate this.

  52. jamie says:


    I’m in shock so that’s all I’ve got.

  53. Feebee says:

    Nothing in their body language says couple to me. Of course they could be staying several feet apart on purpose to hide it if they are. I always find that strangely… what’s the word I’m looking for?…. They assuming people give a crap enough to warrant them hiding a relationship.

  54. LucyOriginal says:

    I really Cumby as Sherlock. Other than that, no thanks. You can have him! + I like Liv Tyler. I always hoped she would go back to Joaquin Phoenix.

  55. Alice says:

    I’m surprised people are so focused on Liv Tyler (who may be his future coworker and may still be seriously involved with someone else) and not the tall, slim woman on the other side of him. (The woman who seems, despite being mostly cropped out of the photo, to have model-like proportions and be standing comfortably close to him.)

    • Jany says:

      Maybe because she’s barely noticeable and Liv is? Are you that model perhaps dear Alice? Oh wait, I forgot, that’s me! I see a microscopic bit of dark hair. Yep. Me. I’m almost as tall as him and slender too. Good for seeing right trough our Liv Tyler deflection there!;-)

  56. Mira says:

    I love Liv. I want her back with Joaquin. Actually, no. I want Joaquin for myself. He’s the only one I want from la la land. The rest can be taken.

  57. GoodCapon says:

    I still can’t get over her getting third billing ahead of everyone else in LOTR.

  58. Mandy says:

    Are they really even together? They sure are walking VERY far apart!!!

  59. LittleDeadGirl says:

    I think they make a very cute odd couple. I can actually see them getting along well for some reason I can’t explain.

  60. Alice says:

    Blurgh. I wish I hadn’t seen these photos because they got the song, “I wear my sunglasses at night…” stuck in my head!

  61. chris says:

    Even though it’s totally possible that they would be dating, heck it even makes sense a bit, for some reason I’m getting the friend vibe. I don’t know why. I go see movies with my dude friends all the time and I don’t date them. We don’t see Ben wandering around a lot with girls so something romantic would obviously be the first thing to come to mind. And yet I can’t help but think they just wanted to go to movie together and hang out. We’ll know soon enough in the future if they keep going out together.

  62. MsJAPrufrock says:

    I’m all for this pairing. They would have amazing, exotic looking children together. Middle Earth beautiful children.

  63. Skaffie says:

    (looking at AshtonK jumping out of the bushes)(in my B.Spears voice):
    We got punked y’all!!