Brie Larson & Alex Greenwald called off their two-and-a-half year engagement

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When Brie Larson first started getting big name recognition around her Oscar campaign for Room several years back, she didn’t talk much about her then-boyfriend, Alex Greenwald. We knew she was dating someone, but she managed to successfully do that dance of genuinely not talking about him or their relationship, but not making the “not talking about it” into some huge thing. Eventually, Brie and Alex got engaged, which they announced in a low-key way, and the only difference was that Alex started walking more red carpets and doing a few more events with Brie. Again, it felt pretty genuine – she didn’t seem to be using him or their relationship for attention, and if anything, Alex seemed utterly smitten with her and at HER beck and call. Well, no more? They’ve ended their engagement.

Brie Larson, 29, and her fiancé, actor and musician Alex Greenwald, have broken off their engagement, a source tells PEOPLE.

“They have taken a step back from their engagement for the time being but they remain close,” a source says. The actress got engaged to Greenwald, 39, in May 2016 following several years of dating.

Greenwald joined her at numerous awards seasons events that year when Larson received recognition for the 2015 thriller Room. She even gave Greenwald a shout-out while accepting the Academy Award for best actress at the 2016 Oscars. “Jacob Tremblay, my partner through this in every way possible,” she said of her Room costar. “My real partner, Alex Greenwald, I love you.”

[From People]

I have no real vibes about this, and it could just be an organic breakup because of a million little issues they were having. But coming just before Brie undertakes the biggest promotional campaign of her career for the biggest role of her career, it does feel… interesting. Far be it from me to suggest that Brie is looking for an upgrade now that she’s Captain Marvel. I really don’t think she’s like that. But I do wonder… if there is someone else in her life. You know who’s in Captain Marvel? Jude Law. I’m just sayin’. (Yes, I know Jude is still with Phillipa Coan, but it would be interesting, right?)

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  1. Piper says:

    You just made me throw up a little suggesting Jude (vomit emoji). Last week I just saw a blind about these two ending it but and suggesting he was using – and it became his only obsession as the reason but who knows. Any engagement that goes on foo long you begin to wonder “why am I here again”. Don’t date Jude Brie.

    • BlueSky says:

      I saw that blind item too. Not only was he using according to the BI but he was constantly cheating on her with both men and women. Good riddance if that’s true.

    • Kebbie says:

      BG would be a lot more believable if they put out blind items before news breaks elsewhere. They take a newly reported breakup, rehab stint, coupling, pregnancy, etc and regurgitate pre-existing Internet gossip about the people involved then pretend they have sources for it.

      There’s a reason their blind items are so easy to guess, it’s because you’ve likely already heard or assumed their supposed scoop.

  2. CharliePenn says:

    I like her so much, her vibes come across to me as very positive and also intense and deep, like she’s a deep thinker.
    I really really enjoyed her years ago in United States of Tara.
    I guess it wasn’t meant to be for her!

  3. Unmade_bed says:

    Did I read that right? He looks SO much younger than 39.

    • Marigold says:

      My thoughts, exactly. I also pegged her as a few years older. Not because she looks it per se but when I compare her to other 20 somethings, she seems more mature (?) or regal (?). Anyway, they were an attractive couple.

  4. Natalie S says:

    Isn’t Jude Law emotionally really high maintenance? Brie can do so much better.

    • Eliza says:

      Doesn’t he have like 5 kids? She’s a young successful actress. I mean Jude himself is baggage and add in the exes and kids that’s a lot.

      • Mia4s says:

        Yep five. He wasn’t with either mother of the last two kids when they were born, the relationships were already over. He demanded a DNA test for the fourth. Child number five was born to a 24 year old when he was 43. Also he was banging his children’s nanny while engaged to Sienna Miller. Oh yeah…charming. 🙄

        I would hope Brie Larson could do much, much, much, MUCH, better.

    • Lemonslice says:

      He’s also reportedly a swinger and constantly invited women and the occasional man into bed with Sadie Frost. He seems to like shagging everything that moves. Overrated actor and probably guaranteed to cheat sooner or later! Reminds me of Ralph Fiennes.

    • Parigo says:

      Isn’t he also a lot shorter than she is? Not that the guy has to be taller…

  5. Squirrelgirl says:

    Interesting… they survived the Oscar season a few years ago? But her life is about to change dramatically being Captain Marvel. More so than after her Oscar campaigns I think.

  6. Miss M says:

    What about Chris Evans aka Captain America?

    • BooRadley says:

      Not that I think Evan’s is the reason but I do think they would make a good couple. He’s deeper then he looks and if united states of tara is anything to go by, she can be as fun as she can be serious. I think they’d be good for each other.
      I’ve actually thought of this before, I really like him for her

    • Lemonslice says:

      He seems to prefer brunettes.

    • Parigo says:

      Now this I could totally see. He seems to like interesting women, not bimbos. I think they would go very well together.

  7. xdanix says:

    I mean, it’s quite hard to speculate on what went wrong or what could be behind this split because they were so low-key, but Brie has had a very busy couple of years, and with Captain Marvel coming and probably YEARS ahead of her of being one of the main “faces” of Marvel with the passing of the baton from the original Avengers, she’s only going to get busier and busier. There is a LOT of travel and endless press and being away from home involved with being an actor, and that’s only going to get worse for her from here on out. (If winning an Oscar changed her career, Captain Marvel’s release is about to change her whole world.) I can easily see that taking a toll on any relationship.

    • JByrdKU says:

      Agreed. She strikes me as a deeply genuine person, no someone up looking to upgrade. Sometimes relationships just don’t work out, and it’s no one’s fault.

  8. Mia4s says:

    Not remotely surprised. A three year engagement with no sign of a wedding date has a hint of “someone wasn’t really all that keen on getting married” about it. I mean, it’s not like they were trying to save up money or something. Eh, as much as I love good gossip, hopefully it is nothing salacious and just one of those things.

    • HelloSunshine says:

      Feeling the same way. I know long engagements work for some people for that reason (need to save up, graduate from a program first, etc.) but that’s not the case here so definitely seems like at least one of them wasn’t ready. Or maybe both. She has huge commitments coming up, I can see why someone wouldn’t want to start their newlywed life with their partner that busy all the time (which isn’t a bad reflection on her, get that money girl).

  9. Tiffany says:

    Yeah, I can see why they ended it. He is almost 40 and he is probably ready to start that next part of his life (marriage, kids). She has a hot hand right now and HW is a fickle business so you gotta keep to going.


  10. Lucy says:

    Sad. They were lovely together. Hope they’re both okay.

  11. Ladiabla says:

    I remember someone around the time of skull island was teasing Tom Hiddleston about Brie (Anthony Mackie maybe?). It was really quick, Tom didn’t say anything, (obv Brie was engaged then) but I think they would make an interesting couple (both “serious” actors, both have other causes they care about). I wonder if Tom will take the hint now that Brie is no longer attached.

  12. Swan Lake says:

    I think she’s really bland and forgettable.

  13. papier-Sandals says:

    phantom planet was so good and deserved so much better (than brie larson)

  14. Mrs. Peel says:

    She always seems so smug …

  15. North of Boston says:

    If you’re signing onto a multi-year, multi-media, multi-project deal and your SO is not on board with some aspect of it, that’s going to cause some friction. And I can completely see how, facing a career change like that can make you reevaluate your current relationship, if something about it already wasn’t working.

    Personally, I’d say it’s better that they call it quits before there is a marriage on the books, or kids. Figure it out before things get messy and before you’re involving other (innocent) people. Now he can go music (or whatever) and she can go act (and MCU it up) no problem.