Star: Michael Fassbender & Alicia Vikander’s ‘romance is over’


We haven’t discussed Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander since they were in Venice earlier this month to promote The Light Between Oceans. I was underwhelmed by both of them – Fassbender’s haircut hurts my eyes (and my soul) while Alicia’s milkmaid style is ridiculous at this point. I also sort of felt like… after all this time, after all of the “we’re dating but don’t ask if we’re dating, we won’t walk the carpet together but she’ll make sure to mention her boyfriend in every interview” games, it was sort of a let-down for them to actually pose together on a carpet. Like, they couldn’t play their games anymore. And so the fun was gone. Or maybe it was something else? Star Magazine says they’re just about done.

Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander’s fictional romance in ‘The Light Between Oceans’ is already getting Oscar buzz, but it’s the real-life couple’s loved-up performance on the promotional tour that truly deserves an Academy Award.

“They’re keeping up appearances for the sake of publicity, but for all intents and purposes, this romance is over,” says a friend. “They only thing they care about is promoting this movie and moving on, but it’s been bittersweet. They feel in love on set.”

During filming, sources say Fassbender would tell anyone who would listen that Vikander was the next big thing, but after his Oscar snub and her subsequent win, the couple grew oceans apart.

“When they first met, they were each other’s biggest fan. But instead of being happy for Alicia, Michael resents her success.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

At first, I was like “this sounds about right,” just because it honestly surprises me that they’ve made it this long. But the idea that Fassbender is jealous of her success? No. I don’t buy that. Fassbender has his faults, but I don’t think he’s resentful and jealous of a girlfriend’s success. If Fassy and Vikander are on the rocks, it has nothing to do with her Oscar win. If anything, it probably has more to do with his inability to stick with a girlfriend for longer than 18 months.

Also: I’ve been thinking about Fassbender all week because I want newly-single Angelina Jolie to have a dirty fling with him. It wouldn’t be love, it wouldn’t be a relationship. Just dirty hotel sex. Please give me this!

Last thing: here’s the trailer for Fassbender’s new movie, Trespass Against Us. It’s like Peak Irish Gangster. Except they all live in trailers? Still, this looks surprisingly good. I love the idea of Brendan Gleeson playing Fassy’s father.


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  1. Rocio says:

    There’s no hope left in this World. If Marion Cotillard didn’t have a son and were waiting for another baby and madly in love with her boyfriend, they would have made a beautiful couple. The new Brangelina.

    • Minxx says:

      I know! I was hoping for them to hook up and multiply ;) . She’s pregnant alright but I doubt she’s “madly in love” with her bf – they were not even attending each other events for a year or more. The baby thing came out of nowhere – suspect last ditch effort to save relationship.

      • alexsco23 says:

        i bet you’ve not seen Canet’s response on Cotillard/Pitt cheating bullshit, that’s true love

      • minxx says:

        true love? He posted it days after she defended herself and only to have the press talk about him. Nobody was attacking her at this point. If it was true love, he would have done it when she was getting heat from every direction. He’s never done anything for Marion, just for his own career. He doesn’t go to the Oscars with her, even when she’s nominated. Last time she has a friend attend with her.

  2. Blimey says:

    I enjoy watching Brendan Gleeson so much. That’s all.

  3. Brittney B. says:

    Nooooo, I’ve heard too much about Michael to wish him on another woman. Definitely not on Angie.

    • BangersandMash says:

      Let me know!!
      I’m listening girl… because there’s something about this guy. He seems so eligible … but there’s something about him that “looks off”.

      So, please do tell. What’s word on the girl streets about this guy?

      • RhoSue says:

        Gay. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

      • ivy says:

        There are false DV allegations from 2011, which were withdrawn bc an LAPD investigation (which he cooperated with fully) found NO evidence of abuse. NO charges, only allegations (inc questionable timelines & a laundry list of ‘injuries’ for which no evidence or records were provided).

        BUT the lack of evidence & withdrawal of allegations doesn’t some people from dragging up the story when his name is mentioned.

        Otherwise, he’s just a regular ho.

    • Kate says:

      I’ve honestly never seen a single rumor about him being gay, and usually there are rumors swirling about every hot actor. Like even the NYTimes is comfortable calling him out for being a Lothario with women.

      • LeAnn Stinks says:

        Same here, Kate,

        I have only read that he is a major stud, and I think exposing himself in “Shame,” only made some women, want him more. I actually suspect Fassy may have a lot in common with that character.

        This “uncoupling” does not surprise me though, Vikander always seemed way too bland for Fassy. Personally, I do get the fuss about her. I think she is quite melba toast, and although, I know a lot of women think Fassy is creepy, I happen to think there is something very sexy about him.

      • Annetommy says:

        I agree. Even Datalounge doesn’t think he’s gay. And they think everyone is gay. Or has been gay. Or will be gay at some time in the future.

  4. Bonzo says:

    Bummer. I liked them together.

    His new film looks good. I’ll be seeing that.

  5. Bex says:

    I’m not buying that he’s resentful that she won an Oscar and he didn’t either. He’s not a huge campaigner and nobody was going to get near Leo last year. It’s probably more a case of he doesn’t do commitment and they’re both working constantly. I don’t think they’ve been seen together outside of promoting this movie for months.

    • Fanny says:

      He’s been spending all of his weekends in Munich and he’s got no reason to be there except that she’s filming a movie there right now. It’s not unusual for them not to be photographed together.

      • Bex says:

        Oh well in that case this story is probably complete nonsense. Didn’t Star only yesterday claim Tom and Rita are splitting?

      • Div says:


        Yep, there was a pic of him on the set of her and Eva’s new film a few weeks ago. I think it’s kind of weird that people keep downplaying their relationship like they are only in it for the film or fame. The Light Beyond the Oceans has no Oscar buzz anymore and while Michael is an incredibly respected actor he is in no way a house hold name…if anything Alicia may be a bit more famous with all of her fashion stuff, an Oscar, and the the upcoming Tomb Raider franchise.

        I know she’s not popular on here but I like that Alicia isn’t only doing popcorn flicks and Oscar bait. She’s in a new Wim Wenders film and the Eva Green film sounds great…..If I remember correctly, she turned down a mainstream Tom Hanks film to do the Wim Wenders film.

      • moon says:

        @Div She didn’t turn down the Tom Hanks film, Emma Watson was the first choice and Emma decided to take the part. AFAIK Alicia was only up for consideration, nothing was confirmed.

      • J. says:

        Vikander was the first choice. She turned down The Circle for Bourne. She dodged a bullet because the movie is apparently bad.

      • Lydia says:

        @J Um, no. Vikander was NOT the first choice for The Circle, Emma Watson was. The director James Ponsoldt is on video at Collider (I think) saying that Emma was his first choice, but they weren’t sure she’d have time because of Beauty & the Beast. IDK if it’s any good (the book wasn’t), but Bourne sucked too, so it’s a wash either way I guess.

  6. Alex says:

    Omg I’ve never considered Fassy/Angie before. Yes please!

    Did anyone really believe that he was going to stick with one relationship for two or more years? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t judge him for it, but I always laugh when people are sure each new girl he’s with will be different.

  7. Yoon says:

    Her eyes look so dead in every photo. I loved her in ExMachina and even that they were together. Their romance film seemed meh tho with a capital M.

  8. Meandyou says:

    I need a break from Brad & Angie and you include them right here! Fassy & Alicia- meh. We hardly knew you together so goodbye?

    Fassy as a potential sex romp? It’s hard to imagine Angelina in all her seriousness now with someone in Hollywood but God knows she needs some light & careless fun in her life. I doubt any man would get serious with a woman responsible for 6 children, nor would she be that interested anyway.

  9. SugarMalone says:

    I saw TRESSPASS AGAINST US at TIFF. It was just okay – near the bottom of the almost 40 films films I saw, ranking-wise.

    I also went to the TIFF Soiree where Fassbender did an hour-long on stage discussion and Q&A. It was pretty great. There was one looney who got hold of the mic and asked a garbled question that basically amounted to “you have pretty eyes” and then shouted about having a magazine she wanted him to sign and he managed to tease a question out of her ramblings and give a gracious answer. It was impressive.

    • Lurker says:

      Yeah, I’m not surprised that the film is just okay – the trailer isn’t great, imo.

      Also, Kaiser, Gleeson and Fassbender might be Irish, but they’re not Irish in this film – those are West Country accents all the way, I think – they’re English characters, and it’s a British film.

      I’ve always kind of loved that Somerset-y Cornwall-y accent. My UK geoggers was always awful, but it’s kind of that neck of the woods, I think. Is that West Country?

      • Susan says:

        I agree about a strong non-Irish accent coming through. But I actually think that they are meant to be Travelers (hence the living in caravans) so there is an Irish connection. Travelers living in the UK obviously though.

      • Paul Ó Duḃṫaiġ says:

        I agree with Susan, the film is obviously set in Britain (reg plates, police uniforms), Fassbender/Gleeson are probably playing “Irish Travellers” which are recognised as separate ethnic group in UK census.

      • Sixer says:

        They are speaking with a West Country accent in the trailer.

        My kids have a milder version of that accent! (We moved to the West Country when they were tiny, but their father and I retain our London/standard British accents).

        The traveller community here has different ethnicities but, in my experience, the Irish Travellers in the UK generally retain a more Irish-sounding accent. The surname of the characters, Cutler, doesn’t really give that much of a clue. Could be a British heritage surname but could also be Irish heritage. It just means knife-maker.

      • Claire says:

        I was just coming here to say that! I’m sure they could do better Irish accents than that ;-) ) I reckon they’re travellers, who I think have their own hybrid accent, so West Country with a touch of Irish makes sense.

  10. Div says:

    Meh, the tabloids have been pushing the whole “they were only together for the film/have broken up” angle with these two for a while despite the fact that they seem to be in a fairly steady and serious relationship. Also, one of the few gossip/fan twitter accounts I follow is a fan account for Eva Green and there was an instagram pic of him on the set of Eva and Alicia’s new film in Germany a few weeks ago…

  11. Mia4S says:

    “‘The Light Between Oceans’ is already getting Oscar buzz”

    Well there’s the first lie in this story. 😉

    I mean, it’s possible, but call me when the source isn’t Star. 🙄

    • Sunglasses Aready says:

      Saw the’ Light between the Oceans’ not great, hated the characters and it was too long. In every gossip story there is a grain of truth. I kinda believe that there is some professional jealousy between them. However this story has come out to gather cheap publicity of the tails of Angie and Brad mess for their upcoming films. Michael and Alicia are not interesting. Expect to see stories of them out and about together soon as the break up story has not obtained enough interest.

  12. perplexed says:

    Im surprised he lasted 18 months with her. He seems like a serial bachelor to me — that’s not a dis or praise, just an observation.

  13. Frey says:

    He’s so damn fine, but not sure I would wanna date an actor, period. Both can do better.

    • Flowerydefense says:

      I don’t get the hype with him. Don’t find him fine, just ok looking. He reminds me of Swifty’s ex fake boyfriend, Huddles?!

      • perplexed says:

        Fassbender is charismatic. He looks old for his age (well, he looks like he could use some sunscreen at least), but he is very charismatic in interviews. He’s so good at flirting I’d be weary of agreeing to be his girlfriend though. Men that charming and skilled at flirting — I wonder how good they are at staying at faithful. I think it was his interviews that convinced me he was a star, more than his movies.

        Garner talks about how charismatic Affleck is, but I think Fassbender tops him when I’ve seen him in interviews with a lady he likes.

      • Hadleyb says:

        Yep thats the perfect word for him ..he has charisma. Not many do even if you are hotter than hot and he’s not super hot..hes sexy..and there is something else about him though … something mysterious I can’t put my finger on but it makes me want to find out …

        Affleck charismatic? What lol. Garner is delusional.

  14. Di says:

    Fassy will never get with Angelina. He always talks about how he got his first American film because of Brad. I feel like Alicia has made him boring, they are a pretty but boring couple.

  15. Tartine says:

    If they were looking for publicity for their film, their PR teams clearly picked the wrong week to leak this info to the press.

    Tabloid ad revenue is falling—these two are great actors but hardly gossip worthy of more than an upper right corner photo on the cover of Star.

    Sorry all, prepare for an all-Angelina-and-Brad all-the-time this fall.

    • perplexed says:

      Maybe they wanted the split to be low-key. If so, this was the right week to pick!

      Kudos to Kim Kardashian’s team for avoiding the week Brad and Angelina split to drop those Taylor Swift receipts.

  16. Squiggisbig says:

    I feel like Fassy just picks up a girlfriend/has flings with whoever he is on set with. So if he has filmed something else then my money is on this being done.

    I will say though, their being each other’s biggest fans did get me, against my better judgment, to see that stupid movie. Which…I am SHOCKED that it could get any Oscar buzz with that horrible Nicholas Sparks-esque script. Also, I actually felt AV’s acting was not fantastic in the film and just showed how much better an actor Fassy (and to a lesser extent Rachel Weisz) is.

    • Sasha says:

      That is how it looks to me too. Fassy is attractive and talented, and so he just picks up whoever happens to be available at a time, and there is never shortage of candidates to pick from. That is what he does, takes the road of least resistance. And if it doesn’t work out, and it never does, he just moves on to the next thing.

    • lisa says:

      Disagree. I was underwhelmed because I loved Blue Valentine, but Vikander was terrific. Much better than in The Danish Girl.

  17. Green Is Good says:

    Dear God NO! Love. Is. Dead.

    • seesittellsit says:

      It was never love any more than Hiddleswift was. There have been substantial rumors for a long time that his real love was Marion Cotillard, and the “studio” set him and Vikander up as a couple to promote her career – they also thought that at 40 Cotillard was “too old” as his squeeze. Now, Vikander has an Oscar, is pretty much bumped up from B to A list, and they don’t need each other any more. Considering they are both relatively talented actors, it is astonishing how they haven’t ever been able to look convincingly, ecstatically, in love.

      • perplexed says:

        I can’t picture him being in love with Cotillard either.

        I can’t picture him being in love with anyone. He seems like a bit of a….womanizer? That’s the vibe I get.

  18. Minxx says:

    Fassbender resents her success? Sounds like they’re about to split and she’s throwing him under the bus. I doubt he’s jealous of anything and he’s million times more talented than Vikander who’s the definition of BLAND. But he’ll be officially done when his agent tells him he’s done – so far he’s been a good boy, promoting their movie that nobody saw.
    I seriously don’t think he’d come near Angelina – he seems to be pals with Brad and what sane man would get in the middle of this mess now?

    • J. says:

      Yeah,Vikander is leaking stories about their “loved-up performance” on the promo tour. You’re right.
      Is Fassbender’s agent forcing him to spend his weekends with her?

  19. Patty says:

    Ha. $20 says they’ll be engaged soon. Or she will announce a pregnancy. She always look so sad in pictures. I too saw Light Between Oceans. Vikander definitely over did it and I wanted to smack her throughout the last half of the movie. Fassbender was great as usual, so was Weisz, and most of the supporting cast. But yes, it was overly melodramatic, too long, and it kind of had a movie of the week feel to it.

    Also Fassy and Eva Green? Now that would be a glorious couple.

    • I Choose Me says:

      Fassy and Eva Green would be super nova hot!

      But I hope he and Alicia aren’t done. I like them together.

      • moon says:

        Yes to Fassbender and Eva! They’re equally smouldering and Eva can definitely hold her own against Fassy…that would be a hot couple.

    • Harryg says:

      In both the UNCLE and Danish Girl Vikander had an odd mumbling way of talking, not opening her mouth enough or something. She’s cute but looks like a pouting twelve-year-old. Then again everyone in UNCLE mumbled in weird accents.

    • minxx says:

      Fassy and Eva Green! Please.. that would be a super sexy, charismatic duo. I love Eva Green.

  20. Ravensdaughter says:

    Angelina needs to take a Man Moratorium and I think she will.
    Fassy is a rover. I’ve seen Alicia in several movies now and I think she’s lovely. She deserves better.

  21. seesittellsit says:

    Did Vikander find out about Marin Cotillard, too?

  22. Andrea says:

    They never ever look happy together. I can’t figure out why.

    • minxx says:

      LOL. Don’t you know, they’re “madly in love”. Can’t you just feel the heat? ;) AV has dead eyes to me and as much charisma as warm oatmeal.

  23. Abigail says:

    I think the Star story is just fan service for all those tumblr sites that are convinced that Harvey Weinstein forced them to be together (even though he has nothing to do with The Light between Oceans, which is a terrific film).

  24. altariel says:

    Too bad, I liked them together, they were really cute. She didnt look happy in the last set of photos at the film festival. He looked like he was trying. I seriously doubt he’s jealous. Sad about Angie and Brad too, but they haven’t looked happy together in photos for years!

  25. jensays says:

    They (the gangsters) are in trailers because they are supposed to be an irish traveler family.
    Given all the negative press irish traveler groups do get in Ireland and the UK in addition to the politics surrounding the group’s rights, I’m surprised this film hasn’t gotten more attention.

  26. Cat87 says:

    I saw this break up a mile away. Even during the promotion for the movie, Fassbender came off as a hypocritical to say their relationship is ‘priavte’ but to advertise it during press and red carpet…just tacky. Vikander is hungry for success and there is nothing wrong with that. But Fassbender alays has flings and dates with women who are lessor known. Vikander choice to be so public about this cateen and relationships probably turn him off. But Angie, no way they are hooking up. Maybe if se didn’t have 6 kids, the ambassador for child welfare and well, been with Brad. Not gonna happen unless Fassbender wants his privacy no existent.

  27. Saddie890 says:

    I want to see who Brad picks as his next fling …

  28. Beau Kitty says:

    He has a history of domestic abuse, so I completely believe he would be enangered that a woman is out shining him….and I would not wish him an Angie. It seems men not keeping their tempers (Brad Pitt) is not something we want to become habitual for her.

    • ivy says:

      There we go. A “history of abuse”? Allegations from 1 former partner which were withdrawn due to a complete lack of evidence (& contradictory claims) following an LAPD investigation? Don’t let reality get in the way of the truth.

  29. SM says:

    Well if they are not going to make it, it sure won’t be besause of an Oscar. Gossip magazines should keep on looking for a narrative that would stick

  30. MD says:

    If you ask me, one of them has been over that fauxmance for a long time but SOME PEOPLE (*eyes certain media reporters and fans living in fantasyland*) keep bringing up their damn names together at every opportunity. They don’t want to quit that story.

    I’ll believe it’s completely over when the final box office receipts for “Light Between The Oceans” come in to confirm the colossal flop that it already is. Don’t even DARE comparing this lukewarm pair to Brangelina. When (not if) Fassbender and Vikander officially break up, it will not generate tons of CNN coverage (ridiculous as that was for Hollywood divorces). If anything, people will either rejoice that he’s single again or turn in bed to press the snooze button on their alarm clock.

  31. TalkingAbout says:

    I bet they are still a couple, and in a ‘couple’ of days, or weeks from now on they will show up again with all this love-thing pictures. I’m right, no?
    Gosh… Everything is so predictable in this pr world. I just hate this repetition thing. Really. Those publicists should be more creative.

  32. Kate says:

    They were spotted out to dinner together tonight at Chiltern Firehouse in London.

    • petitehirondelle says:

      If true, it is classis: rumors of breakup and then you show in a place famous for paparazzis. An article in the dailyùail to watch them arrive at Chiltern Firehouse and it is perfect

  33. mike says:

    Maybe she’s tired of walking bowlegged all the time?

  34. Dirk says:

    I imagine the film is set amongst the irish traveller community, who often live in caravan settlements

  35. A. Key says:

    He’s probably an effed up individual, but my god, you’re right, him and Angelina would make a spectacular couple. Someone needs to put them in a movie together!

  36. Petitehirondelle says:

    Ok, it was so Classic: breakup rumors and then they are seen together at Chiltern Firehouse and the Dailymail write an article and has pics

  37. SeriouslyResearch says:

    Yep. This story is bogus. She’s gorgeous and he’s just…ugh. Sorry, I just don;t see it with him.

  38. LaDiabla says:

    Hmm, I still like them together. She’s beautiful and, yeah, I do find him handsome and sexy as hell. He’s got real charisma. I think it’s just that he looks a lot older/more mature than she does, cause she looks soooo young in comparison. I know there’s only like a 10 year difference between them, but she could pass for 18. I kinda wish the Marion thing were true, cause they look super HOT together. I never saw Macbeth, but I saw the photos at Cannes, and oooh-weee. Still, Alicia is beautiful and talented, and I wouldn’t be so quick to the dump if I were Michael. Quit with the womanizing already, man. Doesn’t seem like he’d be jealous of her success though; if anything, he seems like the type that’d be proud of her.