Remember Professor Neri Oxman? She’s newly married & expecting a baby.


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Remember Professor Neri Oxman? She is the beautiful MIT professor who captured Brad Pitt’s heart last year. Brad’s team spent two full months going on and on about how Brad had fallen hard for Neri Oxman and how she is so much prettier, smarter and cooler than Angelina Jolie. By May of last year, the stories just went away as everyone realized that Professor Oxman was still dating her longtime billionaire boyfriend William Ackman. By October, she gave an interview to the NY Times about her work, and mentioned Brad Pitt as an aside, saying that they weren’t dating. The whole thing was so random and forced. And this makes it seem even more so: not only was Professor Oxman with William Ackman the whole time, they’re now married and expecting a child together. From the NYT announcement:

Neri Oxman and William Albert Ackman were married Jan. 19 at Central Synagogue in New York. Rabbi Angela Buchdahl performed the ceremony. The bride’s first marriage ended in divorce, as did the groom’s.

Mr. Ackman eventually reached out that summer, and they began a conversation that led to a first date in September 2017, at a restaurant in Cambridge, Mass.

“She was everything they had described her to be,” Mr. Ackman said. “I knew in about five seconds that she was perfect for me.” They began dating immediately, and it wasn’t long before she was feeling much the same about him.

“Bill inspires me to assume a bigger identity, to grow while being grounded, but not without asking me the hard questions,” said Ms. Oxman, who cited their many things in common. “We both appreciate the expansiveness of life, love and living associated with cultivating, building, sharing and inspiring a creative life,” she said, “one that transcends the often-prescribed categories of family and work and unites them into synergy. We both believe in the notion that what we do is not a job or a career, it is a calling. We both believe that gratitude is a skill. We believe in human expression. We work hard. We love to laugh.”

They eventually bought an apartment in Manhattan “that we are both designing together,” Mr. Ackman said. The most exciting thing to happen to them is still on the way as Ms. Oxman is expecting their first child come spring.

“Having children is something Neri has always wanted,” Mr. Ackman said. “So this is quite an amazing gift for both of us.”

[From The NY Times]

The NY Times says they were basically set up by mutual friends who thought they would be perfect for each other, and that Ackerman made the first move by contacting her and telling her that multiple people were trying to set them up. As for the marriage and baby… mazel tov to them, I’m glad that some people got a happy ending out of the sh-tshow that is Brad Pitt’s PR. I too hope to one day meet my soulmate so I can describe our commonalities as “We both appreciate the expansiveness of life, love and living associated with cultivating, building, sharing and inspiring a creative life, one that transcends the often-prescribed categories of family and work and unites them into synergy.” Some bougie peasant would have just said “we both prioritize family and work” but always trust an MIT professor for a haughty and magnificent word salad.

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  1. BigGirl says:

    She has a bad picker. Bill Ackman is hedge fund guy who dumped first wife, Trump supporter too. He was the guy that Biden got into fight with in Vegas and called an ass

    • Lucy says:

      He’s also the guy who funded pharma bro…the guy who would price hike drugs. You have to see Dirty Money episode on Valeant (the drug company). This man belongs in jail.

      • Dali says:

        Absolutely agree!!! He belongs in jail.

      • lucy2 says:

        Wow, he sounds…awful.

      • velourazure says:

        Ewwww. It’s THAT guy? Gross.

      • Hungry says:

        “belongs in jail” – same goes for people like Steve Mnuchin, and you can ask Kamala Harris about that.

      • Hungry says:

        P.S. I’m not a Trump supporter but a progressive lefty. Corporate Dems like Harris are partly to blame for Trump being in office. Early Corporate Democrat Bill Clinton famously said decades ago that they’d (the middle/working class) have “nowhere to go,” and this attitude rebounded right back on his wife’s POTUS run.

    • KLO says:

      I am just happy she got pregnant. Not everyone gets to have that at 43. If thats what she wanted, all the congrats.

      • Some chick says:

        Pretty telling tho that he says, “Neri has always wanted it.” Sounds like he’ll be the kind of “father” who pays for everything but can’t really be bothered with the actual child.

        At least it won’t go hungry.

      • KLO says:

        @some chick worse things have happened. Some parents are better parents the less they are around. And if he pays for everything, well where is the fault in that.

    • Darla says:

      Really, she’s marrying a trump supporter and she’s brilliant huh? Well I guess we all define brilliance differently.

    • QueenB says:

      She doesnt have a bad picker if she marries a well known awful man. It means she is awful too.
      Sounds more like a good picker to find someone that shares her values.

      @Darla: Intellect does not make someone a moral person. A lot of very capable people committed horrible crimes.

      • Darla says:

        I agree she is an awful person too.

        But as to intellect, I have unfortunately been around a lot of trump supporters, and i am sorry but there was not an intellectual among them.

    • tw says:

      Biden is my hero.

    • Helen says:

      did you mean clooney (rather than biden)?

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      Word on the street is that this about $$$$, piles and piles of $$$$. Neri is above everything else very upscale.

    • Olive says:

      he’s such an asshole but i still think bill ackman is hot. it’s the eyes.

  2. Erinn says:

    “She was everything they had described her to be,” Mr. Ackman said. “I knew in about five seconds that she was perfect for me.”

    Alright, that’s pretty sweet. Congrats to the couple. Some people truly do just ‘know’, and I always find it endearing. They’re old enough that even if it’s really quick, I think they DO know what they want in a partner at this point, so mazel tov to them.

  3. Miss M says:

    “We both believe gratitude is a skill”

    Ok… Congrats to them!

  4. Rapunzel says:

    “We both appreciate the expansiveness of life, love and living associated with cultivating, building, sharing and inspiring a creative life, one that transcends the often-prescribed categories of family and work and unites them into synergy.”

    Translation: We are both pretentious f**ks who think too highly of ourselves.

    Gah, this woman and her husband sound like intellectual posers. Congrats on being happy together, I guess, but man that baby of theirs is gonna be an obnoxious thesaurus overuser, just like mom and dad.

    I said it then, and I’ll say it now: Oxman seems perfect for Brad, as she’s just as full of herself as he is of himself.

  5. SM says:

    I will save myself from tossing a word salad and say that this message smells like pretentious shit. Really, who needs or asks of you for so many details?

    • NYC_girl says:

      Their story was in the “Style” section of the Sunday NY Times where the wedding announcements are… I am pretty sure they submitted it for publication. I assume all the wedding announcements are submitted by the couple, and you pay for it. Occasionally there are well-known people, not sure if that is handled the same. I actually read it but had no clue who either of them are.

  6. Prim says:

    Poor girl. If she truly thinks and talks that way, when life throws something at her that forces her to grow up, it is really going to hurt.

    • Jess says:

      She’s beautiful, intelligent, and soon-to-be filthy rich. Unless life *really* throws her a curveball, she will continue to lead a fairly easy life.

  7. Maya says:

    So another one if Brad’s team’s desperate campaign to make him look desirable has backfired.

    Their smear campaign against Angelina is also backfiring so when will they get the hint that living through the media is not a fulfilling life?

    Brad should just focus on healing his relationships with his children and stop smearing his ex wife. He might actually find happiness afterwards.

  8. Muffy says:

    Remind me to work “synergy” into my next wedding announcement

  9. Eve says:

    Brad is the father.

  10. Reef says:

    I’m still completely confused by this entire situation. Why was Neri Oxman of all people chosen as the Brad Pitt PR rebound? Why did she agree to do it? Did she just want the recognition from the general public?

    • Sojaschnitzel says:

      Who says she agreed to it?

      • Dali says:

        Because she didn’t said anything about the Brad rumours for months and clearly did enjoy the attention. Everything they said about her in the media was extremely flattering. So why stop it? Even her then suddenly again hedge fund boyfriend ran back to her after he cheated on her with multiple women. Just because someone is very intelligent and educated, doesn’t make them safe from human sins like loving attention (brad) or greed (very rich hedge funds guy).
        I am very sure she had an affair with brad at least. Even if he was just a rebound for her ex. A smart move i have to say.

      • Kebbie says:

        I don’t think she agreed to it prior to the rumors, but she admitted to choosing specific (and predictably pretentious) books and things to carry in front of the paparazzi. She didn’t deny it because she enjoyed the attention, IMO.

    • Fa says:

      Maybe her and new husband were on break that time and pitt pr were desperate to woo her but after she witnessed pitt desperation and fail pr she run back her to new husband.

    • Felicia says:

      Here’s a thought… maybe she’s the one who planted it in the first place to give her billionaire boyfriend a kick in the *ss about proposing. And it worked.

  11. Tia says:

    I never understood the Brad Pitt thing. I thought showmances all had written contracts detailing exactly what both parties would say. Not even getting one of the people involved on board seems bizarre.

    • smcollins says:

      Yeah, that’s why I never really bought that BP’s PR was behind it. Sometimes gossip stories make the rounds and pick up steam, especially when it involves someone as famous as Brad. That’s just how it goes. Could his side have denied it? Sure, but sometimes it’s also easier to just ignore it. 🤷‍♀️

      • Hmmm says:

        Nah, his side ran to people magazine with updates any chance they got. He’s tried the same with Charlize Theron but CT shut it down already. LoL

    • Elaine says:

      But why didn’t she put out a statement denying it? Instead she was happily getting photographed lol

      • Original T.C. says:

        Maybe she found it amusing or LOL funny or flattering. Either way if it wasn’t hurting her relationship or career I can see her laughing at the non-Ivy league lowly peasants believing bull crap . From her one pap pic, she looked like she was definitely having fun with it. Brad is the only one who looks bad in it.

      • lucy2 says:

        I don’t get it either, or why her then boyfriend wasn’t like “uh, hello?”, but I’m guessing she enjoyed the attention.
        Based on that pretentious word salad quote, it makes a little more sense now.

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        She didn’t GAF?

  12. cannibell says:

    I about spit my coffee when I saw the announcement in the Times. They seem made for each other. Mazal Tov, Kids!

    PS “a creative life, one that transcends the often-prescribed categories of family and work and unites them into synergy” = “We will be hiring a lot of help.”

  13. Lucy says:

    I recently watched Dirty Money doc on Pharma bro’s and his company on Netflix. which featured Will Ackman’s involvement in bringing misery to millions of patients. He belongs in jail. Neri Oxman has the absolute worst taste in men.

  14. LT says:

    Do people actually talk like this? Never mind – I know they do, but COME ON. They do sound perfect for each other.

  15. Hmmm says:

    Yes, their announcement is hilarious and now I can see them laughing their asses at brad Pitt for thinking he had a chance. No way does she think he’s good enough, smart enough or rich enough for her ahaha.

    He’s not the catch his fans & Pr team seem to think he is. He’s used up and has far too much baggage between the lawsuits, custody issue, abuse claims, addiction and tabloids.

    • Dali says:

      But he was smart enough for angelina, For 12 years? A hedge fund guy isn’t an intellectual either, you know that? I work with them, i know they aren’t. They are greedy criminals in a big way.

      • Maya says:

        Agree with you about hedge fund people, the are scum on earth and treat people horribly

      • Hmmm says:

        i never got the vibe that Angelina ever thought leaky Pitt was less than her in anyway. If anything with the way he’s treated her after the divorce -planted hit jobs and constant attacks in the media -one might think he believes he’s better than Angelina jolie.

        Face it, his little faux dating brilliant “rockstar” MIT professor pr game backfired on him and yes i believe the newly married couple laugh and laugh at brad pitt.

        Greedy criminals is what Nola might call brad pitts make it right foundation. they have at least a few things in common. LoL

      • tw says:

        THANK YOU. Greedy, criminals. And the worst part is that they all think they are f’ing geniuses who deserve every penny.

      • Amy Too says:

        I think it’s more of a “pick at least one” sort of thing. Either very good,, very smart, or very rich, and he was none of the above. This guys ticks the “very rich” box.

  16. Booie says:

    Wow what an interesting article. Especially when you consider recent rumors.

  17. Myrtle says:

    Let’s see a wedding photo! (shotgun wedding, that is.) ;-)

  18. Kebbie says:

    Oh my God this woman is insufferable. Who speaks like that? Thank God she isn’t dating Brad Pitt or we’d have to read that word vomit all the time.

    • Amy Too says:

      I think she probably sumbitted the answers to her interview questions in writing, maybe by email, which is why they’re so wordy and pretentious. When you’re able to read over and edit your answer, and when you’re trying to explain something that’s rather unexplainable like why you love someone or what you hope your marriage will be like, you can end up with these long run-on sentences that use a lot of words that sound impressive but that don’t actually mean much. I still think she’s pretentious just based on the amount of 8+ letter words she used and the sentiment behind the statement, but I really hope that she doesn’t actually SPEAK like this.

  19. tw says:

    OMG, she’s pretentious. Enjoy the expansiveness of a poopy diaper and no sleep. It will surely keep you grounded and answering the hard questions.

  20. Kristen says:

    Does anyone know who makes her bag? I love it.

  21. tealily says:

    That’s funny because my husband and I are united by our f—ing hatred of the word “synergy.”

  22. Helen says:

    “Some bougie peasant would have just said “we both prioritize family and work” but always trust an MIT professor for a haughty and magnificent word salad.”

    lmfao

  23. Helen says:

    i’m too poor to understand what a hedge fund is

  24. Jayna says:

    Ugh. She’s quite full of herself, I see. She’s too proud of her pretentious, eyeroll-worthy, word-salad statement on their so-called love to be embarrassed. So I will be embarrassed for her.

    It’s utterly cringeworthy.

    • Hungry says:

      I think she’s true to herself. Some of these arty design types are uncompromising in expressing their unique vision of life and the universe. She didn’t appear arrogant in the interviews and lectures on YouTube.

  25. Sesame says:

    LOL!!! Omg that really is pretentious word salad. It reminds me (and such fond memories they were!) of the earnest Preserve newsletter/site by Blake L or a Goop quote.

  26. jay says:

    She sounds like Joey when he officiates Monica and Chandler’s wedding.

  27. Nikki says:

    I really haven’t heard such pretentious-speak since any Goop interview. It isn’t even WHAT she said, as that she felt she needed to say it; does she need to give the public their “mission statement” in a baby announcement?!

  28. Sparkly says:

    Wow, she’s really insufferable. I didn’t know much about her fiance, but he sounds awful and they probably deserve each other. What kind of wedding announcement is this? I’ve never read anything so ridiculous.

  29. sommolierlady says:

    They sound like pretentious, entitled idiots.

  30. Kebbie says:

    Isn’t she a professor? How do you learn from somebody who speaks in such a manner? She uses 100 words when she could get by with 10. I can’t even imagine what her lectures would sound like.

    • Alexis says:

      It reminds me of how we used to talk in college when we were high. We thought we sounded so intelligent.

    • Cait says:

      I was thinking the same. Her lectures would be insufferable. You’d have to sit through an hour of crap for the 2 points she’d be teeing to make. Ugh. I’ve never heard such pretentious b.s. I did think of Goop instantly though as one who comes close. GP once dated Brad Pitt too.

    • Hungry says:

      You can watch her lectures and interviews on YT. I think she just has a unique view of life through design/artistic lens and feels passionate enough to express it all the time. She’s pretty humble, ironic, and funny when she speaks, not grandiose. Surprising if you’ve only “seen” her in print.

    • Mego says:

      I agree. She comes off like a pretentious ass.

  31. Idsmith says:

    Perhaps Ms Oxman used the press around Brad Pitt to bring her boyfriend up to scratch. I remember that one article quoting this Ackerman fellow and it basically sounded like he was pee marking his territory after the Putt rumours. Would make sense why she didn’t refute the stories if it was really about getting this guys attention.

    • Hungry says:

      “pee marking” – that’s what the Lainey write-up of the Ackman tennis tour leak said it was.

  32. Pandy says:

    Geez, Brad made a good escape LOLLLLLL.

  33. Hungry says:

    Haha, I love Neri Oxman; what a character. She does not apologise for speaking in what could be seen as highfalutin paragraphs. There’s no conversational speech with her. Her Twitter is an excellent sample of how she talks. I think she’s true to herself and her interviews suggests she’s humble and passionate rather than pretentious and preachy.

    Bill Ackman did a slapdown on the Pitt-using-Oxman PR campaign. The story was about how he was competing in the tennis championships for financiers or something and how Pitt needed to back off and get some education first before he would be good enough for Oxman. Anyway, congrats to the happy couple!

    • Darla says:

      Well they’re only trump supporters so you can find them charming. Imagine if they had come out as Kamala supporters.

      • Hungry says:

        FYI, I’m not a Trump supporter and I didn’t even know these two were Trump supporters. I don’t really care about Neri Oxman’s politics as I just find her funny in a superficial celeb-watching way as she’s so out there. I don’t like Kamala Harris or the corp Dems as I’m a pro-income-equality lefty; i.e., a genuine lefty, one who sees the insidious Trump/MAGA phenomenon as partly a symptom of the left failing its traditional constituency – the working class. Remember even Trump’s own pollster admitted Bernie Sanders, clearly much more pro-middle class, would have won if he’d been in HRC’s place.

      • Alexis says:

        I do not think HRC was a strong candidate, but Bernie wouldn’t have beaten Trump either. Bernie couldn’t even beat HRC. I don’t think that I would trust the competence of anyone who works or worked for Trump.

      • Hungry says:

        Alexis, Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned after the 2016 DNC email leaks for a reason. Bernie MIGHT have beaten HRC and Bernie MIGHT have won over Trump; these are all moot points. What’s clear is corporate Dems do not have strong policies for the middle class and the poor………when working on that could help them get Trump and the neocons out of power, the number one priority.

  34. Lola says:

    My university English professor would call her verbose.