Michael Sheen, 50, impregnated his 25-year-old girlfriend of four months


Good Omens World Premiere

Michael Sheen has a now-college-aged daughter with his ex-girlfriend Kate Beckinsale. Sheen also dated Rachel McAdams for years, then Sarah Silverman for years, then he broke up with Silverman and moved back to the UK, where he started dating Aisling Bea for a time. But recently, there were reports that Sheen and Bea were done and that he was now dating a young Swede named Anna Lundberg. Sheen is now 50 years old. Anna Lundberg is 25 years old, literally half his age. And now she’s pregnant. Oh, lord.

Micheal Sheen has announced his new Swedish actress girlfriend Anna Lundberg is expecting a baby on Twitter on Wednesday. It was only revealed on Tuesday the couple, who have an age gap of 25 years, were dating but the pair were romantically linked in May after a series of cosy social media snaps. Michael, who already has 20-year-old daughter Lily Mo Sheen with his ex Kate Beckinsale, was delighted to share the news he was going to be a dad again.

He tweeted: ‘Very happy to let everyone know that my partner Anna and I are expecting a little angel of our own. (Just to be clear, we’re having a baby!) #nottheantichrist.’

Michael’s new relationship with the Swedish star comes just months after he split from his comedian ex Aisling Bea in March. The split comes just four months before his happy baby news with his new love Anna. The Far From The Madding Crowd star has been swept up in a whirlwind romance with Anna since the couple went Instagram official in May. Anna, who bills herself as a ‘Swedish/NYC actress currently living in the UK’, shared a series of loved-up snaps with Michael as she accompanied him to the New York screening and London world premiere of his new show, Good Omens.

[From The Daily Mail]

I don’t mean to be rude about this, but was this a fling that turned into a pregnancy and they just decided to make a go of it? Because that’s the best explanation for the timeline. I also want to believe that Michael Sheen is straight with his girlfriends when they first meet, and he just tells them flat-out that he’s not interested in marriage. Beckinsale has said before that she hoped they would marry eventually (when they were together), and she was disappointed when he never wanted to. So, I hope he learned from that experience and he hasn’t led these women on. I’ll admit it, when I first read the news, I felt a pang of sympathy for Sarah Silverman. She really loved him and he… really did not want to live in America anymore.

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  1. Peg says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he married this woman.
    Sort of, reminds me of Simon Cowell, who said for years he didn’t want children, and now he the poster boy for fathers.

    • Who ARE these people? says:

      Or Hugh Grant?

    • helonearth says:

      Hugh Grant is another – no children or marriage and then at 50 fathers the first child. Now married with five children to two women.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Warren Beatty did the same thing at the same age, 50. with Annette Bening. They four children total.

    • Humbugged says:

      Out of the 3 Welsh actors to have cracked America in recent years ,Ioan Gruffudd is the only one to get married (Matthew Rhys was his best man and his roomie for 10 years)and he had to given an ultimatum by Alice Evans after 7 years of being together to get him to do it .

      Sheen’s buddy David Tennant is also going to be a father again with wife Georgia Moffett .They also has a son that is college age .

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        How many kids does David Tennant have? Georgia Moffet is thirsty AF, she’s a bit of a stage mother type who encouraged her eldest child (not David’s) to adopt David’s last name so it would help him in his career as an actor.

      • Meganbot2000 says:

        Yes, she changed her and her son’s name to Tennant by deed poll before he legally changed his own name (after having given interviews saying he’d never legally change his name because it would be disrespectful to his late father’s memory). There was some sketchy thing where DT did a live online chat with the Guardian once and claimed he’d had to legally change his name because SAG has a rule that actors aren’t allowed to act under anything except their legal names, which is complete BS – actors work under non-legal stage names all the time, and DT had acted under the name Tennant in America loads of times prior to changing his name legally.

        One of my best friends produced a low-budget indie film that DT acted in, and Georgia was a complete nightmare and keep insisting on having veto over for example what publicity shots they used of DT, and how they used social media, even though she had no involvement in the film in any way. She phoned up the production office once to scream at them just because they tweeted a behind the scenes shot of DT on set.

      • Kittycat says:

        @DIGITAL UNICORN what a weird thing to say.

        David adopted Georgia’s son. End of story.

      • Humbugged says:

        @DIGITAL UNICORN

        This will be number 5 .

        All the kids are Tennant

      • Hyacinth Bucket says:

        Changing your child actor son’s name by deed poll to your fiancé’s non-legal stage name is pretty weird. And in interviews before this Georgia always said her ex-partner who raised Ty from babyhood and who she shared custody with was the man Ty called “dad”.

        I honestly find the whole Moffat-Davison family trashy as hell. Georgia’s dad pimped her out on TV and in the tabloids since she was a baby, he’s released all kinds of personal stories about David and about Georgia’s mom to the tabloids, and she’s done the same thing to her kids. All of them were shoved into child acting as toddlers or younger, as well as being pimped out on social media constantly. I saw Ty in a play in Richmond and he was obviously incredibly uncomfortable and scared stiff being on stage. And while all this was going on David spent years playing Mr Super Private pretending his wife and kids don’t even exist! Such odd, odd behaviour.

      • Humbugged says:

        @Meganbot2000

        So he said he didn’t want to disrespect his dead dad in interviews 5 years before his dad actually died ?

        For the record Olive Tennant was born in 2011 at which point David had already changed his surname legally and he then married Georgia that same year and adopted Ty so no deed poll involved prior to marriage

        The Rt Rev Sandy McDonald died in 2017

      • Meganbot2000 says:

        DT gave interviews stating he’d never change his name out of respect to his dad. So sue me for not knowing when his dad died.

        DT didn’t legally change his name until after he got married (and lied about why in interviews), at which point Georgia had already changed Ty’s name by deed poll and given their daughter the name Tennant. In the UK you can legally register any surname on a child’s birth certificate, doesn’t have to be the parents’ legal name. Obviously they both decided together to give their children the surname Tennant but at that point DT was still legally McDonald and it is strange that Georgia would decide to give both her children her boyfriend’s stage name rather than his real name.

        Remember David and Georgia only moved in together and got engaged (after he’d spent the entire pregnancy dithering about whether to move back to the UK to be with her, or remain in LA and let her raise the baby alone) a few weeks before she gave birth to their daughter.

        Point is DT was happy to be David McDonald and to only use Tennant as a stage name for 15 years. Changing his name legally only came up when Georgia entered the picture and she’s been pretty blatant in her pursuit of celebrity off the back of his name. She hasn’t acted in years, has had only a few mostly small roles since they married 8 years ago, and basically now doesn’t work at all. Her entire career is being Mrs David Tennant and pimping out her marriage and kids on social media.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        @Meganbot2000 we get it. You don’t like DT’s wife. Luckily for you you’re not the one married to her. And it’s interesting that you know so much about DT and Georgia’s children’s legal names but didn’t know when DT’s dad died.

      • MrsBanjo says:

        @Digital Unicorn David legally adopted her son. He’s his son by law. He can change his damn name if he wants to. It’s extremely insulting to adopted children to say they’re not *really* the children of their adopted parents.

      • 2bounce4u says:

        @Valiantly Varnished
        you can always tell when they want to f*** the guy.

      • Morrissey says:

        Georgia absolutely works. She’s a fully engaged parent as well as writer and producer. And enough with women being “nightmares” anytime they dare exert themselves. Oh the horror. If your hearsay story is even true.

        Her dad is not the greatest by any stretch, though.

  2. Marina says:

    Classy.

  3. Digital Unicorn says:

    This is not going to end well. I love him as an actor but his personal life is Jude Law shades of messy.

    • Jegede says:

      I think the reverse.

      Rachel McAdams and he split because he refused to change his mind about having children.

      He and Sarah Silverman also went their separate ways cause he was not prepared to do the work.

      Sheen’s the opposite of having kids with one night stands, a la Jude Law.
      He has long term relationships, sans leaving any trail, or responsibilities.
      At 50, he has one child with another one term ex Kate Beckinsale, nowt like Law.

      I’m just pissed for McAdams who invested so much time with him, while Sheen kept vowing to NEVER have more children.😶😶

      • Des says:

        According to his twitter, he said he’s been having a massively upsetting few weeks on the personal front and he didn’t specify what it was but said he basically came on twitter to blow off steam and it did him good to see all the fan art and fanfic by the Good Omens fans. I kind of wonder if this was a surprise pregnancy and it took him some time to come to terms with it.

      • lily says:

        At least Jude Law had his 3 first kids with his them wife and always talked about being a dad was the best thing for him. He loves to be a dad. MS is just taking advantage of good omens succeed and doing the cliche celebrity middle aged celebrity do

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        Rachel is doing just fine. She’s got a kid of her own now. Everything works out the way it should.

      • Kebbie says:

        I’m kind of surprised he hadn’t gotten a vasectomy. His life choices for the last two decades up until this point seemed to lean very heavily in the “not interested in having more children” direction.

        I think this was almost certainly unplanned, but what else is he going to do? I’m kind of skeeved out that she’s half his age, but at least he’s stepping up and being a dad, even if he hadn’t planned on having more kids.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        @lily please. This man is not having a child just to “take advantage” of Good Omens’ success. That’s just silly and if you honestly think that then you don’t know much about Michael Sheen lol.
        This was an obvious oops pregnancy. Sheen has stated for YEARS that he didn’t want anymore children. I think he is probably at this point trying to make the best out of a situation that isn’t ideal for either him OR the young woman involved. That’s the adult thing to do.

      • Kitten says:

        I don’t know. Rachel never seemed all that happy with Sheen. She looks a lot happier with Linden. I honestly think she dodged a bullet.

      • lily says:

        @Valiantly Varnished not, he is not having a kid for his success. He is having sex with a 20 something aspiring actress for the success he has nowadays. A middle age celebrity cliche. If you refuse to believe it, you dont know much about men. lol.

      • TQ says:

        I think the story about the split being about kids could be true, but I also find this blind item about Rachel McAdams accusing Michael Sheen of cheating from the 2014 Met Gala totally believable:

        ‘Blind Items Revealed
        May 6, 2014

        There was no screaming or yelling because that just isn’t allowed, but this foreign born B+ list mostly movie actress, who everyone loves, did confront her B+ list mostly movie actor ex and his current celebrity girlfriend and said out loud to both of them that he cheats. All the time. She also called him some names and then walked away.

        Rachel McAdams/Michael Sheen/Sarah Silverman’

        https://www.crazydaysandnights.net/2014/10/blind-items-revealed_40.html

      • Tigerlily says:

        In his defense, it sounds like he’s been pretty upfront about no kids so if Rachel McAdams invested a lot in the relationship then that’s on her. When a guy tells you he’s not into children or marriage it’s not smart to hang around for years hoping he’ll change…..massive eyeroll

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      This is not the same at all. Sheen has one 20 year old daughter and was pretty vocal about not wanting anymore children and not wanting to get married. Jude Law has 5 children with three different women one of them being a short term fling. Again. Not the same.

      • lily says:

        5 children with three different women, the first 3 with his wife. The other two in his 30s with flings with younger women because he was a ho and women throw herself at him because he was handsome and famous and as you say birth control is not 100% effective. He is 46 yo now and he just got married to a smart woman (in her 30s) with a career and succeed outside showbiz. He is settle down. You are right, they are two different cases. An established actor in his 50s having sex with an aspiring actress in her 20s is not nice, is a cliche.

        Are you a stan, his PR or Michael himself? You are too much involved in his defense…

      • DS9 says:

        The success he has now?

        Are you new to Michael Sheen’s career? He’s always taken small character roles. And Good Omens is exactly that. There is no second part to it. He’s likely to do what he’s always done, wait for a part he wants, put in his work, promote it properly, and wait, rinse and repeat.

        He is and pretty much always has been a good work actor, not a splashy actor. If he wanted that sort of career, he’d have that already.

        I side eye how young this girl is but nothing in his career or history makes me think this is a bid to get publicity, a middle age crisis, or Peter Pan syndrome.

        And if the woman is a gold digging celebrity chaser, she picked one hell of a low key, and quite frankly boring target.

        I mean, I adore Michael Sheen but he’s not an awards circuit attendee or a pap target.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        @lily lol no hun. What I am is a 39 year old woman who used to be an actress and am a huge movie buff. Michael Sheen has been in the game a looong time. Your assessment of him is waay off in a lot of ways. Yes I think he is dating someone a bit young but he has never been a celeb-type guy. He has always been fly under the radar type and I don’t see any young chick dating him for clout or vice versa.
        As for Jude…it’s funny that you felt the need to call me a stan…while defending Jude Law. Who had two children with much younger women. But go off hun. And btw – I don’t have any issues with Jude either. But it’s funny that you felt the need to defend his honor. Lol. 😂😂

      • DS9 says:

        Last I heard, Jude Law isn’t raising the paternity test baby and hardly has a thing to do with the child. He denied it was his for ages in fact.

        By contrast, Michael Sheen has managed to go twenty years without having another child, not being rumored to have fathered one, not been accused of sleeping with the nanny, not been accused of cheating, seems to have good relationships with his exes, has worked with one of those exes over the course of a movie franchise, etc.

        So why on earth are we mentioning them in the same breath again?

        Clooney is a far better comparison or even Vincent Cassel.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        @DS9 All of what you said. Round of applause.

    • Max says:

      Rachel looked the happiest with Ryan Gosling, she was also apparently hoping to get back with him after breaking up with Sheen but he was very serious with Eva

  4. Aang says:

    Sounds like a well thought out and totally reasonable plan that will definitely work out great for all involved.

  5. Caitlin says:

    I’m sure he’s said numerous time he doesn’t want any more kids right? She’s supposedly an aspiring “actress” how convenient for her to fall pregnant with a Hollywood actor 2 months after the started dating. He’s dumber than we thought. You don’t know someone after two months, and how far along is she? She must have gotten pregnant straight away.

    • minx says:

      Well, she didn’t get pregnant by herself. He should have gotten snipped if he didn’t want more children.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      We’ll they’ve been together 4 months and people don’t normally announce until after the first trimester which means she got pregnant within a few weeks of them ‘meeting’. And she’s only 5 years older than his daughter.

      • ByTheSea says:

        That’s the grossest part. I couldn’t even imagine being romantically involved with someone close to my son’s age. Eww.

      • lucy2 says:

        Yeah she is way too close to his daughter’s age. It’s weird.

    • Jegede says:

      @Caitlin – 👍👍👍

    • sommolierlady says:

      Well then, she “fell” on to his unprotected dick so he is just as responsible. I like his acting but seems like a jerk in his personal life.

    • Veronica S. says:

      Women are fertile roughly twelve times a year. Men are fertile all the time. If this is a case where he really didn’t want children, he could take adequate protections by either snipping himself or doubled up on BC by having both of them use contraception. Unless she was being an abusive rapist and poking holes in condoms or lying about her fertility status, he’s just as responsible, so that’s on him for being stupid about it if it’s against his better wishes. He’s old enough to know better.

    • Weldy says:

      Look at the pictures from today’s Daily Mail. Anna is at the very least four months along !

  6. Arizona says:

    what a moron. I wonder how annoyed his daughter is.

  7. chunkyla says:

    His baby-mamma was 5 years old when his daughter was born! Just let that sink in for a minute! #gross

    • Kittycat says:

      Gross on so many levels

    • Original T.C. says:

      Unfortunately men don’t think like that. It’s all about looking for young and hot. This is the reality for Hollywood men. That’s why they continue to have films with 50 year old men whose love interest is in her 20’s, it’s normal to them. Looking at his ex girlfriends, it’s obvious that they all seem much younger than their stated ages. So his type might just be women who look or are literally in their mid-20’s. And 100% he’s not going to marry her based again on his track record.

      • 2bounce4u says:

        Hollywood or outside of it, a lot of barely out of age girls (even teenagers) find these grandpas sexually attractive. And you know that lol

      • It’sJustBlanche says:

        They find their money attractive. No 20 something wants to sleep with a guy who looks like that at 50. He’s already falling apart and probably smells like your grandpa.

    • Algernon says:

      This reminds me of that SNL sketch “meet your second wife” where all the “wives” are still young girls because of the age gap.

      • Kebbie says:

        Lol I was just going to mention that sketch

      • betsyh says:

        You sent me to YouTube to rewatch that sketch. Commenters who argue that the age difference between a 25 and a 50-year-old is no big deal should all go watch this. Puts it into perspective!

  8. Ali says:

    At least Kate didn’t knock Pete up.

  9. MEV says:

    I’m kinda disappointed at the weirdly negative comments here – I’ve never seen anything negative about Sheen aside from the fact that he doesn’t want to get married, which if he’s upfront with people isn’t anything to dislike someone for. And by ‘messy’ personal life I’m guessing that people mean..his two or three long term loving relationships with age appropriate women that seem to have ended entirely amicably? And his excellent relationship/close friendship with the mother of his child even after she married someone else?

    I don’t know, it just looks fairly straightforward to me that he’s had an accidental pregnancy with a girlfriend and is making the best of it. Fair enough she is a lot younger than him and I’ll happily give him the side eye for that but what do you want him to do – tweet that he doesn’t want the baby or something? Lol.

    (Yeah yeah I get that the site is called celeBITCHY, I’m just a bit surprised by everyone being so eager to pile on I guess.)

    • Kk2 says:

      I think it’s surprising to people because of all the things you mention- he has generally dated women closer to his age. Have to assume this was a f* up. And women get bitter about middle aged men chasing 20 somethings. But yes I’ve never heard anything bad about him and I don’t think an accidental pregnancy is worth ridicule in this day and age. Best of luck to them. He seems to get along famously with all of his exes which makes me think he is a pretty good guy.

    • DS9 says:

      This is where I sit. I’m sure it’s true that he didn’t want more children but it’s also true his business has been up in hers freely and willingly and it would be gross to pressure her into an abortion if she doesn’t want one.

      And I’ve never heard about him being a grade A douche so it seems perfectly reasonable that he knew he was sleeping with a fertile woman, knew she could get pregnant and has willingly chosen to be a stand up guy.

      And the early announcement is likely an attempt to stave off rumors spreading and involving his exes and his daughter.

      What’s there to diss?

    • M. says:

      What a kind comment @MEV, thank you.

    • EOA says:

      I agree. Now, admittedly, I find him charming and attractive (I really thought he was amazing as Bill Masters). So maybe I am clouded by that. But I haven’t heard that any of his exes have ever complained about him. And he has a great relationship with Kate Beckinsale.

      Also, I give him a ton of credit because he moved to the States to be closer to his daughter when Kate Beckinsale married her ex-husband. So he’s obviously an attentive father. Of course, if I was his girlfriend, it would be frustrating to want to get married to him when he doesn’t want to be married but it’s not like that is some secret on his part.

    • Hyacinth Bucket says:

      I agree it almost certainly was unplanned but I know several men who claimed they never wanted to marry or have kids who fell in love with a woman (usually a much younger woman) and completely changed their minds. Including one who had a vasectomy reversal because he wanted to give his much younger girlfriend a baby.

      Sometimes when a guy says “I don’t want marriage or kids” it means “I don’t want marriage or kids with you.”

    • Jegede says:

      @MEV –

      Yeah I’m surprised Sheen’s love life is being compared to Law and Grant, of all people.

      • DS9 says:

        I know Law needed at least one DNA test and I seem to recall Grant needing one too with one of the baby mamas.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        Same. I love Jude Law but his love life has been HELLA messy and he had one kid he needed a paternity test for. Same goes for Hugh Grant. I find the comparisons to those two to be really inaccurate and pretty unfair.

    • lucy2 says:

      I don’t find him messy, but I do raise my eyebrows at the age difference here.

    • chlo says:

      Thank you!! I was scrolling down to say the same thing.

    • bluerun1 says:

      I like Sheen, but definitely did an eye roll at the 25 year age gap. Hollywood cliche. But as others have said- they’re both consenting adults and I’m sure will make the best out of this.

    • Veronica S. says:

      I find Sheen very charming and talented, and he is a very nice man from what other fans who’ve met him have said.

      Those qualities, however, do not make knocking up a woman half your age after four months of dating any less ridiculous looking from the outside.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      AGREED. Disappointed and surprised.

  10. 1979 says:

    No fool like an old fool.

  11. StormsMama says:

    Wow

  12. SM says:

    If I had to guess on which celebrity middle aged guy falls in a category of a cliche, I probably would not pick him. Another guy reaches midlife and gets the urge to proliferate. The next natural impulse to follow for an animal – to find someone who takes care of you as your ability to care for one self deteriorates. So yeah, I won’t be surprised he ends up marrying her.

  13. K-Peace says:

    I could’ve sworn that he & Rachel McAdams broke up because she wanted kids and he didn’t want anymore kids. (And soon after they broke up, Rachel had a baby with her new partner.) So i just don’t understand why someone like this (50 years old and uninterested in having kids) wouldn’t have gotten a vasectomy!

    • Kebbie says:

      That was the story at the time, that she wanted to settle down and have a family and he didn’t. But it was 5 years after their break up that she had her baby.

  14. Hyacinth Bucket says:

    Calling her an aspiring “actress” is just so nasty. We know nothing about her or her career or personality, nor her relationship with MS. All we know is he chose to have unprotected sex with her, and obviously loves her enough to enter a relationship and publicly announce his intention to raise a child with her.

    There are plenty of men who lovebomb women, and plenty of men who want to get women pregnant, hell even men who interfere in their partner’s birth control. Not for a moment suggesting MS (who I’ve never heard a bad word about and who appears a stand up gentleman) has done anything like that but why is the woman always blamed?

    My parents got married 2 weeks after they met. Probably would have got pregnant right away but my mom had fertility problems. Sometimes you just know. Even if it was an accident they are both adults, they’ll either make a go of their relationship, or even if they split up in the future no doubt they’ll harmoniously co-parent.

  15. Jax says:

    Meh. It’s a cliche that personally grosses me out…but that said, he’s grown and so is his new baby mama, relatively. Doesn’t sound like there was any overlap in relationships either. So it will be interesting to see how this works out. Or if it does considering everything this has going for it.

  16. SJR says:

    What a jackass move on both their parts.
    BC, condoms, etc. safe sex people.
    Plus, 50 y/o’s having their mid life crisis with people actually half their age..ugh. Nasty 100%.

    • DS9 says:

      And we all know both control never fails

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        Lol, right?! People crack me up with this argument. Like do you know how many human beings now walk the planet because of failed birth control?! 😂😂

      • DS9 says:

        @VV, I’m guessing most people. We just presume every child born to married parents was planned and in my experience, that’s not the case at all.

      • Nicole(the Cdn one) says:

        @DS9. I completely agree. I have a girlfriend who is married with two children – neither of them planned. The first she was on antibiotics which she did not realize impacted the effectiveness of birth control and the second was a failed vasectomy. They love their kids to death and they obviously don’t tell people (I only know because she needed someone to talk to), so to the rest of the world, they had the family they planned to have.

      • Marianne says:

        Yes, birth control can fail. Yes condoms can fail But the success rate is like 99% when used correctly.

        Besides, if he was so adamant about not having any more kids…why not get a vasectomy?

      • DS9 says:

        The typical failure rate of condoms is 13%.

        The rate of pregnancy without birth control is only 20%.

        So the assumption he’s just been raw dogging it as a man who went 20 years without a baby is…..

  17. SallyS says:

    Yikes, he is pretty old enough to know how to have safe sex.

  18. Valiantly Varnished says:

    This was probably a giant OOPS. He has been pretty vocal about not wanting to get married and not wanting anymore kids. So yeah…couple that with the timeline I think it’s more like he got her pregnant and she’s keeping the baby and he’s going to be involved. Who knows how long the actual relationship will last though.

    As for him wanting to leave America- can anyone blame him? This isn’t his native country and I wouldn’t have stuck around either after Trump was elected if I had another country that I was in fact a citizen of.

  19. Starkiller says:

    This guy has always made my skin crawl. Never could understand what the basically flawless Kate Beckinsale saw in him.

  20. launicaangelina says:

    @Kaiser, my mind immediately went to Sarah Silverman too.

  21. DS9 says:

    I really am stuck on the responses to this story.

    I don’t like the speculation on anyone’s reproduction choices when they haven’t made it our business and it’s not in the news all of the time. Yes, we’ve heard people say he didn’t want more children. We did not, however, hear of anyone becoming pregnant. It’s possible, even likely that previous girlfriends had not become pregnant, and thus the issue of whether he was okay with having another anyway was anything more than a very strong hypothetical.

    I also don’t like the presumption that it’s so easy to keep from getting pregnant that we need to assume that anyone who does is a dumb dumb for not using birth control. That’s a handmaid’s tale level of involvement that bothers me immensely.

    If Michael Sheen was truly wholeheartedly committed to not having children, he could snip it which would reduce his chances to almost nothing or he could forgo sex.

    I mention Michael specifically because I wouldn’t expect a 25 year old to go for permanent birth control measures or even very long term ones because of a new relationship with a 50 year old man. And I’d expect a 50 year old man to understand that when choosing to sleep with her.

  22. Lizzie says:

    this is a side bar but i really love that kate beckinsale and sarah silverman are now very close friends after meeting through him. they seem to have a sweet genuine camaraderie and it speaks highly of all of them.

  23. lily says:

    Unpopular opinion:
    I side eye all men that when they are in their middle age they suddenly met a 20s something woman and start a relationship with her. It is a cliche and part of the patriarchy impose by men and accepted socially. That age gap issue that nobody have arguments enough to support it and i dont have eye roll enough to listen it. But it will be funny to read arguments about he is so smart, hot, young good looking that an aspiring swede actress in her 20s wanted to start a relationship with him.

    It is just as bad as Zach Braff and his 22-23 years old gf. Oh yes, i know a lots would say a woman can be mature at 23 to dated a 44 years old man…sure, it is not the society telling that a woman must be younger that men to be worth, not at all. And you wonder why Epstein managed to get away unscathed and count with support for so many years when everybody knew who he was and what he was doing? Yes, Epstein is a disgusting and criminal man that i hope this time he get jailed for the rest of his live. But again, the age gap is telling us something, is not like when you turn 18 or 21 suddenly you got maturity. We women are much better than that. I would never go out with an old man, i can appreciate and have a healthy friendship, admiration but not a romantic relationship or sex.

    • Otaku fairy... says:

      That’s not an unpopular opinion at all. I don’t think consensual sex between people with a big age gap in and of itself is automatically patriarchy . It can be, but other factors have to be looked at. Sex isn’t always about love and wanting a forever partner- whether it’s between members of the opposite sex or the same sex, and that’s ok. It is patriarchal to automatically compare a grown woman to a rape victim or a sexually abused child for making decisions with her body that we don’t approve of though.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        Exactly this. This outlook takes aways a woman’s autonomy in her choices. Now if he were her boss or sone authority figure I would question the dynamic. But 25 isn’t a child. You’re an adult at 25 capable of making choices – good or bad. And a 25 yea old choosing to sleep with a much older man is in no way comparable to abuse.

      • DS9 says:

        I mean at least she’s too old for DiCaprio lol

      • yeet says:

        @Otaku Fairy, what’s your take on Monica Lewinsky? My take is that, I feel that at her age, she was grown and could be held responsible for her decisions, and she made a mistake. it bothers me she tries to play it off like she wasn’t fully grown. (feel free to call me out on that if that’s misogynistic, I know you’re good at that and I’m looking to grow) On the other hand, I have immense sympathy for Lewinsky that she has PTSD from the national circus of sl*t slaming that ensued. *Asking this question bc I see people on twitter changing the lines of what age we can be held responsible for our actions. sometimes it’s 20, other times it’s 21, or 25.

      • DS9 says:

        @yeet, I know you didn’t ask me but I would say there are far more factors at play than Monica’s age.

        Bill is a dog and at the time, president of the United States. At minimum, it was an imbalance of power and inappropriate behavior in the workplace. She couldn’t possibly have foreseen just how bad the consequences would be or how horrifically she would be treated.

        She should own her part but I think what I think her part is is vaaaaaaastly different than what most of the world seems to think it was.

      • Katherine says:

        @yeet. I’m an employment lawyer focusing on sexual and discriminatory harassment. Just chiming In on the Monica question. It was fairly textbook sexual harassment due to the authority difference. When you’re given supervisory authority in the workplace that comes with added responsibility to address and stop these situations. Yes she initiated. Yes that was her choice. As the authority figure he should have addressed it ASAP. Disciplinary action and re assigning her or whatever the White House personnel policies at the time were. The SECOND he didn’t do that the onus is on him. And that’s where it becomes pretty clear sexual harassment (in an employment legal sense; not necessarily in the broader and needed conversation we’ve been having about overall power, patriarchy etc)

        We have cases pretty frequently with consensual relationships, but the one in the power position still faces disciplinary action over violating our amorous relationships and sexual harassment policies. They can sit there until they are blue in the face saying the subordinate initiated it and consented to it, but from a legal employment standpoint what matters is the person in the authority position shouldn’t have allowed it. I apply the same logic to Monica and Bill. And I think she has spoken in a more nuanced way now about the power disparity at play. I don’t think she’s ever absolved her own role in it.

      • otaku fairy... says:

        Because there are predators out there, there is some need for protective workplace policies like the ones Katherine mentioned to cut back on employees being coerced or blackmailed into sexual situations with higher ups. But sometimes attractions do form (in Monica Lewinsky’s case, the president was a fantasy for her before she was his subordinate) and in when that happens, I don’t think we all have to view that as victimization. Women definitely shouldn’t be called wh*res (directly or indirectly) for acting on that attraction either, specifically when someone isn’t married.
        It was wrong on both their parts (in your 20′s you’re old enough to know not to have an affair with someone who’s married), but mostly on Bill Clintion’s part because he made the commitment, was older, and was the president. I do think it’s wrong for Monica to have been scarlet-;ettered over it and treated the way she was too.

  24. Burdzeye View says:

    If my 25 year old daughter got pregnant to a 50 year old man after 4 months of “dating” I would be livid…and I wouldnt care if he was a “celebrity” or not. Gross.

    • Shirurusu says:

      I also think it’s totally gross. If she was 35 I’d be more ok with it, 25 and an aspiring actress? Girl hasn’t even lived yet. Shacking up with this 50 year old man who looks like a sheep and is already starting to degenerate looks wise… 🙄

    • MaryContrary says:

      Yeah, I have to say as a mother of a 20 something-and our friends are in their 50s-so gross.

  25. Ally says:

    He’s having a very messy phase, or midlife crisis maybe, starting with dating the gross Sarah Silverman and that career-suicide performance on The Good Fight.

  26. Nacho_friend says:

    Curious if it is the age gap? Or the age gap and being so young? Would everyone be outraged at a similar gap for a 40 and 60 year old?

    • Caitlin Bruce says:

      40 and 60 isn’t the same as 25 and 50, that shouldn’t have to be explained. It’s skeevy as hell and especially so when his daughter is 20.

    • Veronica S. says:

      A forty year old is typically mentally and emotionally matured and likely well established financially and socially. A twenty-five year is just coming off the cusp of sociopsychological development and still miles behind the significantly older in life experience and (usually) socioeconomic power. Does it mean the younger partner can’t have agency or ability to consent? Of course not. But frankly, as somebody who’s now edging toward forty, I do think it says something about the tastes and motivations of the older partner, particularly if it’s an ongoing trend and particularly if there’s substantial power discrepancies between them. (i.e. DiCaprio and his disposable models vs the Olsen twins choosing older men more toward their economic speed)

      There’s also a world of difference between having a fling with a younger partner and both of you later dancing off to future exploits elsewhere versus involving a child that will serve to permanently link you both to a shared responsibility. Sorry to be a humorless b*tch about the matter, but in an era where women’s reproductive rights are legitimately under fire, I become less amused and less interested in defending the societal standard of young women as sexual commodities.

      • betsyh says:

        ” the societal standard of young women as sexual commodities”

        Very well put veronica. This is what a 20-something woman is to a 50-year-old man. When I was 25, I did not really get this, but at 56, I do.

  27. Andrea says:

    I have been on birth control for the entirety of my 20′s and now 30′s (I am 38). If I somehow slept with a celeb tomorrow, there would be no baby. I know it isn’t 100%, but I haven’t been pregnant in all these years once. Plus, with celebs, I’d be scared of STDs.

    • DS9 says:

      So this proves what exactly?

      Are people really this bad at basic biology and reproduction?

      • Original T.C. says:

        Yes accidents do happen but what are the chances that he has spent his entire adult life without such an accident and then it happens once he gets with someone half his age? Additionally I side-eye any man who claims not to want any more children but doesn’t get a vasectomy…Perhaps he always left the burden of birth control up to his female partners.

      • DS9 says:

        Okay so basically we aren’t good at biology, reproduction, or statistics….

      • Andrea says:

        I have had many friends who had children with bad partners due to recklessness. My friend’s best advice she ever gave me was: be very careful who you have children with.

  28. lolalola3 says:

    At his age he should know how to use birth control. I once dated a man about 12 years younger than me and I was so uncomfortable about it. Whenever we went out I kept thinking people would ask if he was my son. Yeah, I know. The problem was in my head but geez louise! And on the flip side, 25 years younger?? When I was 25 the idea of sleeping with a 50 year old man was just gross.

    • Harla says:

      My husband’s some years older than me and yeah, the couple of times someone has mistaken him for my father were pretty uncomfortable. Now that I’m older it doesn’t happen anymore.

  29. claire says:

    I want Keanu Reeves to pass on his gene, not this guy.

    • Harla says:

      I haven’t had a period in quite some time but for Keanu, I’ll do whatever it takes!!!! :) I guess this will be news to my husband, hehe!

  30. Weldy says:

    Pictures of them together emerged today in the Daily Mail.
    She is clearly more than two months pregnant and way past the first trimester …

    • Shirurusu says:

      I saw that too, poor Aisling Bea, he must probably have cheated on her with this one, and then accidentally gotten her pregnant or something? Really messy 🙄

      • Aa says:

        Aisling Bea’s close friend Sara Pascoe congratulated Michael on Twitter so very much doubt he cheated. She was with Andrew Garfield in March anyway.

  31. Marianne says:

    Im kind of surprised because I thought the reason why he and Rachel McAdams broke up is that he didnt want any more kids.

    But who knows maybe he changed his mind? That or he didnt care to wear a condom.

    • Cee says:

      Most likely he didn’t wear any protection (heat of the moment and all) and/or trusted his partner was on some sort of contraceptive. Regardless, is men are adamant about not having children it’s their responsibility to ensure they don’t get a woman pregnant. Vasectomies are reversible.

  32. Jumpingthesnark says:

    Like Kaiser, I feel bad for Sarah Silverman. OTOH, it seems like she dodged a bullet here…….. I don’t think Sheen would have been any less messy if they’d stayed together and she would have been caught up in it. So there’s that.

  33. Cee says:

    Don’t want a kid? Get a vasectomy, they’re reversible. Always wear a condom – STDs are bad. If you don’t do any of these then don’t act surprised when an unplanned and unwanted baby is on the way.
    Not surprised at a 25 year old aspiring actress suddenly becoming pregnant by prominent and successful actor in his 50s.

  34. Vinot says:

    Wesley Snipes from 30 Rock would never!!

  35. DS9 says:

    I spent way too much of my lunch break wondering why in the hell I care so much. But here’s my deal:

    I think it highly bothersome the way we treat pregnancy and reproduction. The only right answer it seems is don’t get pregnant. Even people who support reproductive choice find it really easy to be judgemental old bats on the topic.

    Sex and sexuality are natural desires and pregnancy is a risk that often comes with that biological drive. No birth control is perfect, most have higher rates of failure than we want to admit and everyone having so called traditional sex is at risk of an unintended pregnancy.

    And yet we usually limit these judgemental and speculative opinions to people who aren’t married and/or have sexual relationships and reproductive choices we don’t agree with.

    Either we have control over our own reproduction or we don’t.

    I have no issue judging whether or not Michael Sheen’s 50 year old ass should be dating a 25 year old woman but how they got pregnant and how they came to the decision to continue with that pregnancy isn’t my business. And if we’re going to argue that reproduction is between the owner of a uterus, their partner, and their doctor, it’s important that we be consistent.

  36. Molly says:

    His daughter is only 5 years younger than his current pregnant gf. The guy hit the cliche.

  37. Ladiabla says:

    I read an interview with Kate Beckinsale years ago where she was asked why she didn’t marry Michael and she said “because he didn’t ask me!” Ever since then I’ve side-eyed him, like just how good is it supposed to get for you dude?! If Kate Beckinsale (who’s obviously no slouch in the brains dept either) can’t get a proposal, and then Rachel McAdams, I mean…..

    Now we know, gotta be a woman half his age. 🙄🙄🙄 Bet he’ll marry this one just so she can take care of him in his dotage. Any takers?

  38. Alyse says:

    Side note: I love Aisling Bea! Great stand up. He certainly seems to like smart/funny women, based on her, Sarah & Kate (I don’t know anything about the new lady to compare)

  39. GreenQueen says:

    She looks at least 5 months pregnant to me. I just can’t see how she could be anything less than that, her bump is huge. Given how he and Aisling reportedly broke up in March…. seems pretty clear he cheated, side piece got prego, gf broke up with him and now he figures he might as well roll with it.

    My husband’s former boss did the same thing. Literally. Was living with his girlfriend, had a one night stand. That girl got pregnant. He and his girlfriend broke up but lived together in his massive house until side piece was like 4 or 5 months. Moved in with side piece. Got married, had second kid. Then got divorced and said the whole thing was one massive snowball of bad decisions.

    I’m just really grossed out by that behavior. I thought Michael Sheen was above that kind of sh*t but sadly nope!

  40. terrah says:

    Call me old-fashioned , but there is something deeply repugnant about a half centurion of above average intelligence dicking about with emojis. Have some self respect man.

  41. Sara Apple says:

    This is not an OK situation. Ugh what is with these men. Also Jake Gyllenhaal a soon to be 39 year old dating a 22 year old model. Gross.