Diane Kruger & Norman Reedus are engaged, six years after their affair

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I still remember how shocked I was when Diane Kruger began openly cheating on her then-boyfriend Joshua Jackson. In December 2015, Joshua was halfway around the world, working, while Diane stayed in their place in New York. She was seen making out with Norman Reedus at a dive bar, and the stories just kept coming about how after Diane and Norman worked together that year, they seemed like “more than friends.” Diane and Joshua limped along for another six months before breaking up in 2016. Diane and Norman continued to see each other and they were officially together by December 2016. If we’re counting their affair as the start of their relationship, they’ve been together six years, and they welcomed a daughter in 2018. And now they’re engaged:

Diane Kruger and Norman Reedus are engaged, a source confirms to PEOPLE. Kruger, 45, and Reedus, 52, met while filming the 2015 movie Sky. They promoted the film together at the Toronto International Film Festival before going public with their romance in March 2017.

In May 2018, multiple sources confirmed to PEOPLE Kruger was pregnant with the couple’s first child after the actress sparked rumors of her pregnancy at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival earlier that month by wearing a variety of loose-fitting outfits during the event.

In November of that year, PEOPLE confirmed Kruger and Reedus had welcomed a daughter, which was Kruger’s first child and Reedus’ second. (The Walking Dead star is also dad to 21-year-old son, Mingus, from a previous relationship with Helena Christensen.)

The couple has always kept their relationship private and that has extended to their daughter by keeping details of her birth, including her name and exact birthday, private.

[From People]

I’ve always gotten a vibe from Diane and Norman, and maybe I’m totally wrong, but it’s always felt like she’s way more into him than he is to her. He just seems like he’s too artsy and cool to care about “being in a committed relationship” or even “getting married.” But whatever, they’ve been doing this for six years. Might as well put a ring on it. She’s probably thrilled.

Norman Reedus, Diane Kruger at the 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica


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  1. Southern Fried says:

    Crushed on Pacey back in the day, happy there’s no more Diane in his life. Nice he’s found love with Jodie Turner-Smith. Norman always looks dirty like no showers for a month. .

  2. LaraW” says:

    I am… really not sure what she’s wearing. Like a tank top under a piece of cosplay chainmail stitched with a 12-year old’s prairie girl frock.

    • Merricat says:

      Lol, exactly

    • Plums says:

      Apparently it’s Vera Wang. :/ I guess I remember when that style of dresses designed to look like they were falling or half off were a thing. Glad it’s not a thing anymore.

      • ThEHufflepuffLizLemon says:

        I hated that trend…I want my clothes not to feel like I’m going to lose them at any moment!

  3. BayTampaBay says:

    Was not he married to Helena Christensen at one time many many moons ago?

  4. Merricat says:

    I like bad boys, but this guy just doesn’t look clean to me, so I don’t care how sexy his voice is, or whatever is the secret of his appeal.

  5. B says:

    Are his stans okay? lol

    • Mercury says:

      @B she is not a POC so his stans are perfectly ok with this

      • NCWoman says:

        Not true. Some stans had what seems to be a literal psychotic break when she started dating Norman, They’ve done everything from accuse her of abusing him to wishing their daughter would die. Diane’s put up with A LOT of abuse from them both online and in-person (people have been arrested at their house), Norman’s a big old insecure, kind-hearted artistic weirdo, and Diane gets him. He’s always been a good dad, but he wasn’t always the best partner. And he seems to have made a real effort to be that partner for Diane. I’m happy for them both.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        I get the impression Diane likes the drama. She had it uncomplicated with JJ and he adored her so she cheated. Norman has stand that hate her because she’s with him, but that could also be viewed as her winning because she has what is coveted.
        I also think she has to work for his affection since he’s a rumored cheater as well.

        But Norman is banking so why not lock that down.

      • iconoclast59 says:

        @NCWoman, that’s sad to hear. The extent to which some folks carry their fandom is creepy and gross. They’re unwilling to face the fact that the object of their obsession will never, ever, EVER fall in love and run off with them.

  6. Normades says:

    I saw that movie Sky that they were in together. It was terrible but their chemistry was undeniable.

    Also I will always associate her with her first husband Guillaume Canet (now with Marion Cotillard).

  7. LeonsMomma says:

    Wasn’t he also sleeping with a fellow cast member of “The Walking Dead” while they dated?
    I guess Diane “won.”
    Once a cheater, always a cheater. (And that can go both ways!)

    • Size Does Matter says:

      Oh really? Which character? I was late to the Walking Dead – didn’t watch till it hit Netflix last year – so I ignored all the early gossip.

      Gotta say to people who never watched the show, you won’t get the Daryl/Norman hotness without watching. And then google Norman Reedus short hair. I also suspect he radiates that wounded animal vibe.

      • lemonylips says:

        Daryl is my favorite after Glenn. And I think Reedus is playing that character great.

      • tempest prognosticator says:

        I surprised myself by developing a crush on Daryl. Daryl! Can’t explain it. But I am not remotely attracted to Norman Reedus. I guess that means he’s a good actor.

    • TQ says:

      This. I mean good for them, but totally agree @LeonsMomma. He’s got a rep for being a cheater. Lots of blinds about him sleeping with Walking Dead fans from conventions etc. And he dated much younger costar Emily Kinney for a minute too. Since she cheated on Pacey with him, seems like they’re well suited.

  8. KP says:

    LOL! Am I the only one who things this is one of those engagements that gets announced but never gets to marriage. Also interesting this is leaked just as her ex is all over the news defending his wife for proposing to him. I see you DIane with your shady insta posts etc.

    • Myriam says:

      You’re not the only one. I see a 10-year engagement in their future.

      • Still_Sarah says:

        @ Myriam : exactly- and why bother to get “engaged” after all the years of un-engaged, unmarried time together? I don’t view marriage as the endgame of every relationship, so when engagements show up after all the milestones (buy house, have kids) have been hit, I admit it confuses me.

      • LillyfromLillooet says:

        Yeah, I’m wondering why the announcement of this kind of non step, why not just let us know when it’s official?

  9. Gil says:

    I do wonder if she is gonna convince him to shower for their wedding day.

  10. Gruey says:

    Meh. I’m all for ending long relationships if you need to. Diane and Pacey may have had a good thing going for awhile but things change as people age and there’s no point in throwing good money after bad—and I’ve seen LTRs end messy in the final months, so maybe it’s a thing. Like once you are done you are so done. I dunno.

    Anyway, I follow both these goobers on insta. They seem fine. I wish he would cut that greasy ass hair. He had one or two hot seasons on TWD and then I think he went back to smoking weed and not lifting.

    • Jo73c says:

      So if you want to finish it, finish it. Don’t get papped all over your new guy in a dive bar, then deny it for six months.

    • Kristin says:

      If you want to finish it fine, but behave like a decent human being and show your long-term partner the respect and dignity they deserve by not flaunting an affair in their face. It’s just such a disrespectful and shitty thing to do. Have the decency to end the relationship like an adult instead of going out of your way to humiliate your long-term partner.

  11. Mireille says:

    The first thought that popped into my mind is that now that they’ve made the announcement about their engagement, a break-up will soon follow. I don’t think he’s as vested in this relationship as she is. Just my opinion.

  12. manda says:

    so you’re saying his son’s name is mingus reedus? probably christensen. hopefully, for his sake

    • AMA1977 says:

      MTE, “Mingus Reedus.” That’s mean. My second thought was, “who does he think he’s fooling with that gray beard and monochromatic, aggressively BROWN hair?” I have no other thoughts, as I do not care about these people. 😂

      • Amelia says:

        Eh, I know lots of men whose beards went grey before the hair on their head. It’s weird, but it can be perfectly natural.

    • KatV says:

      Nope Mingus Lucien Reedus. Dunno what Helena was thinking but on the other hand Christensen in Denmark is like Smith I guess in the US. So maybe she liked it better. I think he’s named after a jazz musician.

  13. Emmlo says:

    I’ve never enjoyed her acting or her fashion and I think Josh Jackson upgraded BIG time. The Reedus thirst is also confusing to me; his character on TWD was very appealing as he went from loner to team player but we’re not actually in the Zombie Apocalypse yet so you gotta wash and trim that hair, babe.

    • fluffy_bunny says:

      He’s literally stuck with that haircut due to TWD. There’s no power for trimmers and no hair dressers left. One of the communities did have a hair dresser at one point. But he needs a shower.

      • KissMyA**23 says:

        Why doesn’t he just wear a wig? I mean, c’mon. He probably likes it and that’s why he keeps it. It looks like a dirty mop on his head. But I’ve never gotten the appeal with him.

      • fluffy_bunny says:

        They film in GA usually during the summer so it’s really hot so that’s probably why he doesn’t wear a wig. They cast frequently mentions how hot it is during filming.

    • olliesmom says:

      I’ve been a huge TWD fan from the beginning and I’ve never gotten the Daryl Dixon/Norman Reedus love. I’ve been Team Rick Grimes/Andrew Lincoln all the way.

      I read on another site (or maybe it was hear) that someone said that they had met Norman and gotten up close to him at a maybe a Comic Con and he smelled really good.

      • Pookielumpbuns says:

        He smells amazing. He is a very kind person and he’s on the insecure side. I think he gets into a relationship and stays…for a while. I think he’s staying a bit longer due to the daughter. I also don’t think I buy this engagement yet. She’d be posting nonstop and yet not a peep from either….

  14. Sasha says:

    It never sat well with me the way she handled the end of her relationship.

  15. sunny says:

    Congrats to them. They may have started in a messy fashion but they have made it work. She also seems incredibly into him. I don’t get the same vibes from him.

  16. TIFFANY says:

    Norman has been engaged before sooooooo….

    Good Luck there Diane.

  17. lunchcoma says:

    I don’t think she behaved well at the end of her relationship, but it seems like Jackson and Krueger really did need to end things. I remember all the speculation about who wanted kids and who didn’t, but now they’ve both had kids with other people. Something must not have been working there.

    I also don’t get her taste in men, but she’s the one who needs to be happy with that. I’ve kind of assumed their relationship is open on some level.

  18. Chloe says:

    I think they’re hot together.

  19. Lola says:

    I read an article which linked to his Instagram. I had the same thought as people here, that he wasn’t as into her as she is in to him, but his Instagram was full of love and compliments to her and their kid and family. So I changed my mind and I think they seem happy!

  20. Case says:

    I don’t know…I feel like Jackson and Kruger just ran their course as a couple. Not that it’s right to ever cheat, if that’s what happened, but I think it’s clear they’re both now with partners they are happy with. I don’t know a ton about Reedus but I think they seem like a happy couple. If they’ve been together for six years (that went by fast, I would’ve guessed maybe three years) and are still thinking about getting engaged/married, I’d say they’re probably in a good place and still into each other.

  21. likethedirection says:

    Are we all forgetting the pretty plausible rumors that Diane and Joshua had an open relationship?

    • Zapp Brannigan says:

      It’s like everyone has forgotten that poor cucumber 😔

    • Huma says:

      Yeah, I’ve never gotten why people act like Joshua was terribly wronged here. There were so many stories about them having an open relationship, starting years before Norman entered the scene, and most of that came from Joshua being seen with so many other women while filming Fringe in Vancouver. He was so indiscreet about it people just assumed it must not be an issue. All Diane did different was hook up with a famous guy, which made it a story.

      Joshua was also seen making out with another woman while with Jodie, at around the time they conceived. Again he was extremely indiscreet (and again she seems to have been totally fine with that) so it’s really not like he’s Mr Faithful. He’s clearly had some kind of arrangement in his relationships.

      The messiness at the end of his and Diane’s relationship always seemed to me to be more about two people struggling to fully and publicly let go and move on after a decade than about cheating.

      • likethedirection says:

        Thank you!! I think some people want Josh to be Pacey irl and he just isn’t. He’s an actor who seems to prefer open relationships, which are way more common in the industry than most realize.

      • rose says:

        Norman wasn’t the only one that Diane hooked up with. There were others and she wasn’t discreet about them either. They pretty much lived apart for many of their years together. Diane said that when they were apart they would do their own thing. She wasn’t interested in living with him, she lived in Paris/LA and he lived in Vancouver. When they did towards the end, they didn’t see much of each other even then. They had an open relationships of sorts but they also broke up a few times before Norman came on the scene.

        Norman and Diane had an affair. Since coming out together, they have said they fell in love on the movie Sky. Diane said that they used to speak every day since then and they seemed to have had some sort of thing over a period of a year and a half. Diane did the same towards the end of her marriage. Had a relationship with Chris Heinz for about six months and then went back to her husband for six months then it ended. Norman and Diane’s anniversary is when she was still with Josh.

        The messiness was caused by Diane. She was struggling to let go because it seems Norman wouldn’t fully commit and she kept Josh around until he did. She’s spent way more time with Norman than she ever did with Josh. She basically worked for the whole ten years they were together (her words not mine). So, both of their new relationships couldn’t be more different. Norman cheats on Diane as well. So, I’m assuming they have some sort of open relationship as well.

        Josh and Jodie look like they broke up briefly around that time. Jodie was seen with others as well and on her social media she talked about them in the past tense. They got back together weeks later and she conceived in late July. She shares a lot, so it’s easy to confirm.

      • Ana170 says:

        I recall seeing pictures of Joshua dating Sebastian Stan’s now ex-girlfriend. I don’t follow Joshua’s personal life so I don’t know if this was before or after the breakup with Diane but either they were both cheating, she was cheating on Seb, or she and Seb were on a break. I wasn’t thrilled with either of them.

      • rose says:

        Ana170, that was months after Josh and Diane broke up. I don’t think he and SS’s ex-girlfriend ever dated. They are friends and seemed to be hanging out during that time. According to people that followed Seb , he and his ex broke up, early in that year.

    • Mango says:

      Thank you! I only clicked on this link out of masochism because I hate all the ‘poor Pacey/ nasty Diane’ comments that people always trot out, despite that everyone knows these rumours. I never particularly even liked Diane.
      And couples with kids often get married if they have different nationalities as it’s more practical

  22. CE says:

    I have noticed a pattern of guys giving women rings to ‘shut them up after way too much time has passed for them to still be dating… then the ‘engagement’ lasts way too long before they inevitably break up. So that’s how I see this going tbh

    • Zapp Brannigan says:

      You forgot “a baby is much more commitment” (right before he walks out on baby and bride-to-be”) or that classic disco anthem “marriage is just a piece of paper!”. Well so is a house insurance policy, until a fire guts your home and everything in it then that bit of paper becomes very important.

  23. Dee Kay says:

    Just a gut feeling that this is an open relationship, whether they are engaged or married or not. If that works for them that’s good. I just hope it’s not open on one side only.

  24. QueenMeow says:

    Sometimes when a long term relationship is well past its due date one of the people in it has to BLOW IT UP to actually get it to end. I have seen so many instances of this over the years, and I’ve had it done to me. It’s not right, but sometimes it feels like the only way out. Anyway, both parties seem happier here – Joshua Jackson is the clearest winner of them all, of course, but everyone is really better off.

    • Julia K says:

      Right you are, QueenM. Not only to one of my daughters, who out of misery found happiness, but lots of LTR s need to end and this is how. Painful. Hope you are in a better place now.

  25. olliesmom says:

    Yeah she has that locked down. It’s all about the Benjamins.

    Salary: $1 million per episode

    Reedus, who plays fan-favorite Daryl, has been a cast member on The Walking Dead since season 1, but he wasn’t made a series regular until season 2. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reedus made $8,500 per episode in season 2. Eight seasons later, and his salary has since skyrocketed to $1 million per episode, which makes him one of the highest paid actors on TV, according to Variety. Us Weekly reported in 2018 that Reedus signed a new deal with AMC to receive $20 million after The Walking Dead‘s previous lead, Andrew Lincoln, left the show. Given that the series often averages around 20 episodes per season, the $20 million likely accounts for the $1 million Reedus receives per episode. THR also reported tin 2018 that Reedus was one of two actors who signed a three-year, which would pay him anywhere from $50 million to $90 million even if his character is written off.

    • HeatherC says:

      His character is getting a spin off, along with Carol. His bank account is fine for now.

  26. The Artist Formerly Known as Valiantly Varnished says:

    I used to like her. But I lost all respect for her when the stories about their affair came out. And when she made that lane attempt at throwing shade at Jodie Turner-Smith. Like, you got the man you wanted and chased boo. Why you mad??
    But whatever, put a ring on it.

  27. ohrhilly says:

    I’ve met Norman several times. He looks like a scruffy drowned rat. I’ve never understood the appeal. But he is super kind to his fans and people in general. I’ve seen her a few times and she’s pretentious and clingy

  28. Coji says:

    I get the impression that being married isn’t as much of a priority for Europeans as it is for Americans. I’ve been divorced for 20 years, I can’t picture ever getting married again.

    • KatV says:

      I think you’re right. I’m in Scandinavia and it’s pretty normal to get married after kids and several years.

  29. Sondra Jackson says:

    He always gives off that Grundgey sexy thing. Slightly unwashed LOL!

  30. Wednestar says:

    Norman and Helena were not married, their son is named Mingus Reedus, he’s a model who grew up close to both parents.
    I’ve spent time with Norman and he’s shy, soft-spoken and loves art, music and riding his bike. He bathes lol – he’s just not a dude not all wrapped up in his appearance, and TWD requires that hair. He’s sweet, also a bit weird, which is where I think he and Diane ‘click’ though it’s just an impression, I haven’t met her but she’s cool and funny in interviews. He’s also humble and grateful for TWD for both the family that formed in the cast and crew and the fact it has delivered steady success and put him on the gravy train. He’s a nice guy and they seem well suited.
    Good luck to them both!

  31. Kat says:

    She cheated on JJ, what makes Captain Grease think she won’t do the same to him?

    Cheaters are gross.

    So glad JJ is going from strength to strength.

  32. Birdie says:

    Everyone else remembers when Diane was with Guillaume Canet, now Marion Cotillard’s husband ?
    I met her back then. She was sweet and stunning !