So, was Justin Long ‘the reason’ why Kate Bosworth split from her husband last year?

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I apologize for not understanding that this situation was lowkey tea, but here we are. Last August, Kate Bosworth announced her split from Michael Polish, her husband of eight years. Kate and Michael were actually together for a decade or so, and during that time, Kate really went off the radar in a big way. In that post about their split, some commenters were talking about some rumors going around that summer, rumors of Kate’s closeness to another actor, rumors about Michael Polish showing up on set and possibly making a scene. I was naive – I kind of assumed that Polish and Bosworth’s split was relatively drama-free and more of an organic “growing apart.” But it’s looking like Justin Long is probably the reason why Kate and Michael Polish are no longer together.

So, first of all, Kate has been booking roles right and left over the past two years. She’s worked on back-to-back projects during the pandemic, and she and Justin worked together last spring in Arkansas. In May 2021, she did a big Instagram post gushing about him and how “rad” he is. A week ago, Page Six reportedly exclusively that Kate and Justin met on the film last spring and that they were dating now. Page Six said following her August split announcement, Justin and Kate went to Pädaste Manor in Estonia in the fall, where they “spent a romantic weekend.” So far, no one is really saying that there was overlap or that Long is likely the reason why her marriage fell apart. But there is this:

Off the market! Kate Bosworth is dating Justin Long after announcing her split from Michael Polish in August 2021, Us Weekly can confirm.

“They’ve been dating for a few months now,” a source exclusively tells Us. “They secretly have been on a few getaways together. They both love to travel.”

The Blue Crush star, 39, and the Accepted actor, 43, are “not hiding the fact that they’re together,” the insider explains, noting that the twosome are “just staying low-key and private about their relationship.”

The couple initially sparked romance speculation after working together on a film last spring.

[From Us Weekly]

“A few months now” – sure. Maybe officially. Maybe it wasn’t cheating. Honestly, since I looked at Kate’s IMDB page and all of the films she’s done over the past year, my theory is now that Kate started moving away from Polish during the pandemic. My vibe was always that Polish was kind of controlling, or perhaps a little too opinionated about her career. Kate seemed to grow tired of that in recent years, and maybe Long was just an excuse, or the getaway car. Who knows.


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  1. Snazzy says:

    This guy must have one hell of a personality. I can’t name anything he’s in but for some reason I know his name because he’s always (or at least that’s my impression) in a relationship with someone with a bigger name.

    • Lily says:

      Well, he is funny…

      I always remember him from Dodgeball, He’s Just Not That Into You, and Going The Distance.

    • Gold ladder says:

      He was in Apple commercials for a while

    • HelloDolly! says:

      To me, Justin Long is quirky-smart attractive, like he is funny and could hold a good conversation. His exs seem to like him, too? (Correct me if I am wrong). Honesty, maybe he is just a solid, nice guy?

      Also, yeah, her ex looks like a dick tbh. Justin seems like a breath of fresh hair in comparison.

    • Louise177 says:

      I don’t know why people always say “he must have a great personality” just because the isn’t as famous or good looking as someone else. It’s clearly meant as a backhanded compliment. A nice guy isn’t settling. Also announcing a divorce or separation doesn’t mean that’s when it actually happened. A lot of times it happened months before.

      • Snazzy says:

        I didn’t mean that at all. I just meant that while I’ve never heard of his work (or couldn’t remember it at the time until the others reminded me of him), I’ve always heard about him in relationships. A bit like Pete Davison actually.

    • PeacefulParsley says:

      Personality? I was thinking “BD”…

    • Deedee says:

      He was also on the TV show Ed with Tom Cavanaugh and Julie Bowen.

    • minx says:

      Long is cute and looks like a lot of fun. Her ex seems dour.

    • BW says:

      He was the main nerdy fan in Galaxy Quest.

    • Ann says:

      He had a small role in “Zack and Miri Make A Porno” with Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks and he was quite funny. I also liked him in the romcom he did with Drew Barrymore whom he dated for quite a while I think?

  2. Linabear says:

    Kate looks really happy with Justin! Compared to her morose expressions with Michael. It’s nice to see her smiling and relaxed.

    • Léna says:


    • Orangeowl says:

      Yes, the contrast really is something, isn’t it? I have not seen her look that smiley and expressive in a long time.

    • HelloDolly! says:

      Totally agree. Her ex looks scary, lol, and she looks so relaxed with Justin!

    • BothSidesNow says:

      She does look genuinely happy which is what you want for anyone, no matter who they are. As for Kate pictured with her husband, she looks evidently unhappy.

      In fact, I had always hoped he and Drew Barrymore would get back together as they were so cute together, but alas, I guess it’s not happening right now. But he does seem like a genuinely nice guy.

    • GrnieWnie says:

      Yeah. Look at Michael’s hair. Look at how controlling he is of that, lol. I can totally see him being controlling of his partner.

      • Lily says:

        He definitely gives off controlling vibes, being inappropriate at work, and abuse of power.

        Kate once said, “I never even dated my husband-to-be. He said to me after just a few weeks, before we were even together, ‘I’m going to marry you.’ He just knew.”

        In other words, Polish, after a few weeks of directing his movie, told his tweleve-years-younger employee he was going to marry her, even though he was her boss, and she was seeing someone else (Skarsgard).

        That’s not romantic. That’s an a-hole

  3. Polly says:

    Not particularly interested in who she is with or when/why/how but she looks so much healthier these days and that’s really good to see. Also she was great in Blue Crush and I always thought it was a shame her career didn’t take off after that.

    • Erin says:

      Yes this! I read a few years ago that friends were expressing concern about both of them having a very restrictive diet and him being the driver behind it. He’s a thin guy and she’s always been really thin but with him she always looked extremely thin. I don’t think I ever saw one pic of him looking happy either. I believe he controlled everything about her life and she only seemed to be in his projects or projects they did together.

  4. Amy Bee says:

    Do people still say “rad”? I haven’t heard that word in years but I guess I should be grateful that she didn’t use AAVE, that would have been worse.

    • Ry says:

      Cameron Diaz named her daughter Raddox. So.
      I don’t know her ex so won’t judge by just pics but she looks like she’s having a blast with Justin. Wish I was there. Fun day.

  5. Lili says:

    He alawys reminds me of a different version of Ross from friends and i only remember him from a film with drew barry more and Die hard 4 , glad to see he is back in the spot light

  6. Fortuona says:

    Polish beat his art director on set in March before filming started in font of her

  7. Hyperbolme says:

    I heard Kate’s interview with Armchair Expert and holy moly, Kate is astonishing. I was in love with her by the end. She is truly brilliant and witty and thoughtful. I’ve never been that blown away by an interview. She talks a lot about her marriage and the early days of it, too.

  8. Orangeowl says:

    “The getaway car.” I haven’t heard that before but it’s perfect.

  9. Winnie says:

    Kate has always been a cheater. She was with some model dude before she went off to film a movie with Alex Skarsgard and then was with him. She was with Alex when she went off to film a movie with dumb Michael Polish and then was with him. Then she was with Michael when she went off to film a movie with Justin Long and is with him. Pretty pathetic, girl.

  10. Psst Time says:

    Didn’t she cheat on Alexander Skarsgard with her husband?

  11. Soni says:

    Please, Michael and Kate considered themselves an epic muse and artist couple akin to serge gainsbourg and Jane Birkin. They made like five really awful movies together, and probably split up when they realized their careers are both dead.

    Michael is literally directing movies for Ben Shapiro now starring Gina carano. Kate might be “working” but it’s in one low budget dud after another.

    • Cava 24 says:

      Yeah. She was still going to/getting paid to go to fashion shows when she and Polish first got together and she used to make designers let him sit in the front row with her like he was an important director or something. I think he has always thought he was an unappreciated genius. Sounds like they moved pretty far right after they moved to Montana. I know they were friends with the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, that seemed like a bad sign.

    • lucy2 says:

      In the little I ever heard about them, they did sound kind of insufferable.

      Justin seems like a nice enough guy, maybe that behavior will make her more like him.

    • Brian Brown says:

      This is the truth!

  12. girl_ninja says:

    I called it when she posted that weird conscious uncoupling post on her Insta. They seem to fit together, both been around forever in Hollywood and both steadyish in their careers.

  13. Mina_Esq says:

    This is what happens when one person changes their life completely in order to make things work with someone. Things eventually boil over and the person that compromised feels trapped and resentful. She obviously wanted to work more, as evidenced by the uptake in work projects immediately after their split. Good for her. I don’t believe that there was overlap. She was probably done with her marriage long time ago, so she was in a space where she was open to new relationships soon after the dissolution of the marriage.

  14. H says:

    I’ve been on Justin’s IG for a number of years he’s very low key and seems like a really nice person. While I don’t see him with Kate for very long, good on Kate for getting away from that jerk Polish.

    • Soni says:

      What exactly makes him seem like a jerk and not her? When MIchael allegedly assaulted someone on the set of their movie, Kate was also involved and yelled at the guy’s wife. She’s not some angel. She’s an awful person like her is.

      • H says:

        Right now I’m giving Kate a break. It sounds like Polish was a controlling, abusive jerk. If anything, maybe she was afraid of him? Like someone said above, hopefully Justin was her getaway car from Polish. If it turns out I’m wrong, hopefully Justin sees the light quickly about Kate. Justin and his brother seem like really cool people.

      • Soni says:

        How is there literally any evidence he was an abusive controlling jerk? it seems weird to assume that about some random no one director dude, especially given kate’s looooooooong history of leaving partners after working with other men.

      • AMA1977 says:

        She may be an a$$hole and abuser like him, or maybe she knew that she put herself in his crosshairs by helping the person he assaulted up from the ground (per the article posted above) so she “participated” by also yelling to shield herself from the unstable, abusive partner she had to go home with. Not an excuse, just a possible explanation.

        Or maybe she’s terrible too, in which case she likely won’t keep it hidden for long!

  15. Heat says:

    It would seem that we are entering the era of women choosing men who spark joy in their lives. Let’s call it the Marie Kondo era!

  16. rawiya says:

    “They secretly have been on a few getaways together.” During a pandemic? Oh.

  17. Case says:

    I heard Kate interviewed by Catt Sadler once and really liked her. She seems like a smart, kind woman. Good for her for finding a happy relationship — something about what she had with her ex gave me a vibe of abuse in some way, like she was really isolated and only worked with him. She’s glowing now!

  18. Jackie says:

    “Accepted” was the bomb.

  19. candy says:

    Polish looks disturbed. If she’s suddenly working it’s probalby because she’s got her freedom back. Get yours, girl.

  20. Lyds says:

    I never saw Blue Crush (guess I have to since everyone raves about her in it) but KB has been a pretty horrible actress in everything else I’ve seen her in (21, that Superman movie) and I am not surprised that she’s more fashion plate than serious actress. I’m glad she’s happy but ever since she bragged about being blue blood and then had the magazine erase that comment from the internet, it’s hard for me to give her the time of day.

  21. LWT00 says:

    There’s just something about Justin Long that makes me thing he’s an amazing lover. Like he’ll make you feel like the most beautiful woman in any room, and then when you’re alone he’ll make you feel it physically too.

    Every time He’s Just Not That Into You is on TV, I’m reminded of that impression.

  22. Renee says:

    Saw these two together multiple times in late October, I was staying in the same hotel as them. Justin was giving major controlling creep vibes. Every time I saw them he was all over her and something just felt off about the whole thing because she wasn’t really reciprocating. Hopefully Kate is happy in the relationship and I just read the situation wrong.

  23. Ann says:

    Am I remembering that Justin Long dated Amanda Seyfried? Or are they just friends?

    • Lily says:

      Yes, it always seemed like Amanda did a number on him by having that affair with with her current husband, who was married to someone else at the time.

  24. curious little girl says:

    I think Kate break up Alexander Skarsgard
    from michael polish .and now kate break up michael polish from justin