People: Shia LaBeouf & Margaret Qualley ‘are not dating, but have fun together’

Shia LaBeouf and girlfriend Margaret Qualley picking up food to go

On Christmas Eve, Shia LaBeouf’s lawyer Shawn Holley told Variety that “Shia needs help and he knows that. We are actively seeking the kind of meaningful, intensive, long-term inpatient treatment that he desperately needs.” I felt weird about how carefully worded that was, but I also felt like… if Shia’s lawyer is saying that to Variety, then it must be true. Narrator’s voice: It was a lie. Perhaps Shia is “actively seeking” an in-patient rehab for being an emotionally and physically abusive psycho, but his search must be pretty slow-going. He was photographed with Margaret Qualley the day after Christmas (two days after he was supposedly “actively seeking” a treatment facility). Shia and Margaret were out and about in LA, looking coupled up. But “sources” want us to know that Margaret and Shia aren’t dating.

Shia LaBeouf is stepping out with Margaret Qualley over the holidays amid allegations of abuse against the actor from his ex-girlfriend, singer FKA Twigs.

On a hike in Los Angeles the day after Christmas, the Transformers actor and the Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood actress were seen holding hands. This follows previous sightings after LaBeouf was spotted picking up Qualley from the LAX airport earlier this month. They were then seen showing PDA during various other outings.

A source tells PEOPLE LaBeouf, 34, and Qualley, 26, sparked a connection after starring in a NSFW music video together earlier this year.

“They got close when they filmed Love Me Like You Hate Me in the early fall,” the source says. “They are both very passionate people. They are not dating, but have fun together. Margaret is a social butterfly and has a big group of friends. She doesn’t really bring Shia around this group though. She is not interested in having a boyfriend.”

[From People]

“They are not dating, but have fun together. Margaret is a social butterfly and has a big group of friends….She is not interested in having a boyfriend.” Well, she might not be interested in having a boyfriend, but she definitely has one now and he’s an abusive douchebag. Margaret and Shia were seen kissing at the airport (he was picking her up) and out for a run and hanging out all over LA, doing boyfriend-girlfriend stuff. I guess this is how Margaret reconciles being with a guy who was sued for emotional and physical abuse by his recent ex-girlfriend. “Oh, we aren’t really dating, we’re just hanging out constantly and having sex.” Girl, you’re dating him. AND WATCH OUT.

Shia LaBeouf and girlfriend Margaret Qualley picking up food to go

Shia LaBeouf and girlfriend Margaret Qualley picking up food to go

Shia LaBeouf and new girlfriend Margaret Qualley go jogging together

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  1. Redder says:

    She clearly likes the attention “dating” Him brings, just like she enjoyed dating Pete. The paparazzi aren’t caring about her when she’s single and she knows it.

  2. Jezebel says:

    She’s a lovely looking girl. After the whole Pete Davidson thing I have to wonder…whats up with her though 🤔. Hope she gets away from this guy and fast, he’s likely in the love-bombing stage that can be so alluring and intoxicating. Yikes.
    *Edit after reading Redder’s comment: I always give her age group of the famous nepotism gals (and guys) more credit than they prob deserve. I guess it’s probably not an unfair assumption that she may just understand *instalife* and how to get pap’d. Sigh.

  3. Mia4s says:

    Well ain’t that just a convenient publicist-sanctioned update! (Yet another agent/manager call I would have loved to listen in on).

    Assuming this is true (yeah sure I hold hands with my platonic friends all the time…sure 🙄)? Get better friends to hang out and “have fun with”. Sigh…. gross.

    • Jules says:

      This is such a weirdly worded update. Is “having fun with” the new code term for “not manipulative and abusive, and not shooting dogs”?

    • Pusspants says:

      And if this is true, this is not the time to be casually hanging out with people in close contact. There’s a pandemic that is raging in CA & these two are running around and hanging out maskless?!? Not that I think this is true anyway.

  4. Dina says:

    Girl, run. He makes me nervous.
    Also: Is anyone else just very aware that he isn’t wearing underwear in that pic of him in his leggings? Its.. aggressive and uncomfortable . Haha

  5. Seraphina says:

    they are having fun together? are they playing video games together????

  6. Riley says:

    What in the uncomfortably tight ballsack hell is going on with those leggings?

    • Maggi says:

      Dang, Riley, your comment made me scroll back up to look at the nutsack I missed the first go ’round. Aggressive scrotal spandex, yikes.

    • Dina says:


    • Lemons says:

      hahah, Riley, come to Europe! All the men are running around here in tight leggings like they’re professional Olympic track athletes, letting their ballsacks free. I cannot with European men baring it all for the world to see. It’s an awful look.

  7. Holly says:

    “Having fun” aka casual sex but REMEMBER when he intentionally exposed someone to an STD??? Let’s hope anyone in her circle can talk some sense into her.

    • MM2 says:

      This! And the next guy she wants to casually hook up with would be wise to say “Hey, didn’t you hook up with a guy who has an STD, lied about it & secretly spread it to his partners?” (as he runs for the door). This is not a good stage set up for her future romantic endeavors.

  8. FYI says:

    Maggie, you in danger, gurl.

  9. Heylee says:

    Hi. Why doesn’t Shia just go to the Meadows in AZ? Its where Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein went so he would fit right in. Point being, with all the dysfunctional men in Hollywood, like someone on Shia’s team couldn’t find the right facility by now?

  10. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    They’re dating. Stupid PR update. Also, those clothes/style?! The curly mullet, eagle shirt, Charlotte cap… it’s all try-hard. 🙄

  11. lucy2 says:

    That seems like her team trying to put a little distance between them so her career isn’t damaged by him. They’re clearly together though, and I just hope she comes out of it unscathed, and soon.

    His “rehab search” is just more PR too, trying to salvage his career as well. I hope he does get help so he stops abusing people, but I doubt his intentions are anything but self serving here.

  12. Other Renee says:

    I’m amazed at how many celebrities are papped all over LA without masks. I guess being recognized and having one’s mug in the media is more important than … 🤔… ya know… safety. 🤷‍♀️

    Not dating?! Yeah, sure Jan.

  13. gff says:

    she lost so much weight since she started acting

  14. Christina says:

    “…She doesn’t really bring Shia around this group though. She is not interested in having a boyfriend.”

    Sigh… she CAN’T bring him around her friends, because abusers can’t have friends calling out their abusive behavior. This is confirmation that they are dating. Abuse and domestic violence is so normalized in media and society. Maybe this is the hint that this could be abuse? Maybe her publicist is trying to save her career and get her friends to tell her this isn’t normal. I’m sure her family is freaking out, but family telling her, “ you are wrong about him” will just make her continue to see him. Her peers need to reject him, and that may not work at this point. I hope that she is healthy enough to leave after the first drama session.

    • Thirtynine says:

      First thing that jumped out at me too. Can’t include him with her friends, either because they are telling her that he’s no good and she doesn’t want to hear it, or he doesn’t want her to hear it. Big, red flag right there.

    • emma33 says:

      Yes, that statement made no sense. If they are just friends, then why isn’t he hanging out with her and her friends? Why would introducing him to these friends make him her boyfriend and not just another friend?

      This might just be his publicist getting all twisted up, but it also sounds suspiciously like something Shia has said to her. “I can’t hang out with your friends becuase we aren’t serious and I don’t want the publicity. I just need to have you all to myself…alone…in private…where I can wear ridiculously revealing leggings and am 100% in control of whatever narrative is going on.”

  15. Ann says:

    This reminds me of a guy who kept telling me we “weren’t a couple” and “not dating” even though he was spending the night with me, we were having sex, going out together to eat, to the movies, holding hands, and he told me he loved me. When I asked him how he can say we weren’t dating but he could tell me he loved me he said “I tell my friends I love them all the time”. I was bored with my life and the sex was good so I put up with it. But then he started trying to control the sex by withholding so I dumped him.

  16. Lunasf says:

    This woman’ is so skinny! Older photos are her showed a healthier, fit looking woman. I can’t imagine Shia being good for anyone’s health. Run girl!

  17. Jane Wilson says:

    Is there anyone on earth (with the possible exception of Kanye West) who looks like LESS fun than Shi LeBoeuf?

  18. A Fan says:

    Not sure what women see in this guy. I find him quite gross.

    [*Maybe he’s better in person?*]