Liam Neeson’s interview with the Irish Independent went viral earlier this week because he claimed that yes, he was dating someone “but I’d embarrass her if I said her name, she’s incredibly famous. I’ll have to do my best for her.” That blind item set off some wild speculation, and if you don’t understand by now that half of the speculation was done in a joking manner, well… that’s your problem. Did you honestly think I believed Liam would date Selena Gomez or Pippa Middleton? REALLY?
When Jezebel linked to our post, they suggested Kristen Stewart. Once again, they were joking. They based their theory on “almost nothing,” just the presence of Liam and K-Stew in the same city around the same time. But Liam’s rep went to Gossip Cop to deny the K-Stew rumor specifically and calling the rumor “stupid.” And now a “source” is telling Us Weekly that Liam was just joking about the mystery girlfriend thing.
Just messing with you! Liam Neeson said in a recent interview with the Irish Independent that he was dating an “incredibly famous” woman, leaving fans to speculate who the bold-faced lady may be. But it turns out the Irish actor wasn’t exactly serious. An insider tells Us Weekly exclusively that the Taken 3 star, 63, “was just joking.”
The quote that launched a thousand (or more) Google searches? “I’d embarrass her if I said her name. She’s incredibly famous. I’ll have to do my best for her,” Neeson answered when asked about his Valentine’s Day plans and whether he had a special someone.
When I covered the interview, I wondered if people would speculate that Liam was just joking. The context was not joking though, or maybe I misread it. The context was… Liam was asked if he had a girlfriend and he said yes and that he wouldn’t reveal who it was. Straight-forward, not joking. And since his rep came forward to specifically deny the K-Stew rumor but didn’t wholly deny Liam’s quote, I still think something is there.
Some of the other candidates going around: Uma Thurman, Diane Lane, Madonna, Charlize Theron and Nigella Lawson. In addition to Selena Gomez, of course. I’ve still got my fingers crossed for Pippa Middleton though.
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