Leo DiCaprio, 48, was seen getting cozy with a 19-year-old Israeli model

Leonardo DiCaprio is still on the prowl. He dumped Camila Morrone last year after more than four years together. He dumped her on or around her 25th birthday. He hadn’t had a big breakup like that in a while, obviously, and I think he was surprised by the internet’s wall-to-wall mockery of his now well-known “under 25” rule. This is why Leo’s publicist made a deal with Gigi Hadid’s publicist to make it seem like Leo was – gasp – dating an ancient spinster like Gigi for a few months. Leo was desperate to change the newscycle. It did not last. He and Gigi are over (lol) and Leo is back to his old habits. Those habits include picking up a new girlfriend by the time the Cannes Film Festival rolls around. We’re in prime “Leo is looking for an under-25 official” season. Which is why he’s spent the past few months back into the waiting arms of 20-year-old models and teenage nepo babies. Well, speaking of, Leo was seen getting “cozy” with a 19-year-old and the internet has some feelings.

Leonardo DiCaprio was seen out with a fresh face on Tuesday night as he made an appearance at Ebony Riley’s release party for her new EP.

The 48-year-old Oscar winner was spotted seated next to 19-year-old Israeli model Eden Polani as they soaked up the atmosphere.

Seemingly missing from the event was Leo’s current girlfriend Victoria Lamas, who at 23 is 25 years his junior and almost half his age.

[From The Daily Mail]

People are like “a 50-year-old is getting cozy with A CHILD!” Well, he’s 48 years old (he’ll be 49 in November) and “19 years old” is not a child. I mean, I think of 19-year-olds as “kids” too, but I recognize that 19-year-olds can make their own decisions, vote, go to war, etc. I’m not caping for Leo because I find this gross as well, but I do think people are going a little bit overboard with “an age difference like this is ABUSE!” It’s sort of the wrong framing? It’s creepy, it’s gross, it speaks volumes about DiCaprio’s immaturity and arrested development. But also leave room for all of those 19-year-olds and 20-year-olds to have agency, to make their own decisions and their own mistakes too. Leo’s not baby-trapping these girls (perish the thought) and he’s not ruining their credit scores. I’ve always believed that half of his girlfriends just dated him because they have their own professional agendas, and they know being connected to Leo is a huge boost for their careers.

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  1. DouchesOfCambridge says:

    My bling guess is that Leo doesn’t want kids, and getting girlfriends so young allows him to have a 5–6 year stable relationship potential while the girl would have more professional ambition than a desire for a family. They can both just enjoy their time. Can’t wait for one of them to get pregnant out of the blue and f the plans up. 49-19 ewwwww

    • Polly says:

      Or he could just get a vasectomy. Or date a woman who doesn’t want kids. Let’s be honest, avoiding fatherhood is not the reason why he goes after women this young.

      • DouchesOfCambridge says:

        Maybe he is? Or maybe he can’t have kids, who knows. But I definitely believe there is a “contract” and they both get something out of it.

    • Arizona says:

      honestly after Camilla I’m convinced there is an agreed upon contract. the girls get vacations, fame boosts, etc. he gets to enjoy a commitment free “relationship”, and the contract expires when they’re 25.

      it’s telling to me that for awhile now, his girlfriends haven’t really been known prior to Leo. and would Camila have gotten the interviews, etc, that she did if she wasn’t dating Leo? probably not.

      I think he’s gross, but I’m convinced this is an agreed upon thing. which is also why they all pretty much NEVER talk about Leo after they break up.

    • Isa says:

      But plenty of women don’t want to have children that are his age, and by 50 that door is pretty much closed.
      And there’s also lots of 50 year olds with grown children who don’t need a new father figure.

      • Cass says:

        The pool of us is ridiculously small. Same with dudes, it’s harder than you think to find a single person over 30 without a kid

      • SophieJara says:

        I think it depends where you live. I have way more friends who don’t want / have kids than do. And I’m sure Leo’s artsy LA set is the same.

      • Isa says:

        I agree, SophieJara. Leo’s pool is much larger, especially since he travels to film sets for months at a time.

    • Betcha says:

      Oh I imagine there have been pregnancies that he’s taken care of. There are plenty women his age that had had and launched their grown kids. This is about immaturity and self centeredness. And being adored. He’s disgusting.

    • Emily_C says:

      He could get snipped or date a woman who doesn’t want kids, as stated above. I know a lot of people find it impossible to believe, but a LOT of women do not want kids. I’m in my mid-40s, happily don’t have kids, and have plenty of friends my age or older who are happy not to have kids as well.

    • Snoozer says:

      I’m 39, about to turn 40 and I don’t want kids. I have a number of friends (single and coupled up) that don’t want kids. Or can’t have kids. It is a myth that all women want kids. He could easily find age appropriate women who don’t want kids. Hell, if he dated women his own age, most of them wouldn’t be able to have kids. He dates very young women because he likes very young women. It’s not because of kids.

  2. Woke says:

    I have an issue with framing it as abuse too. But I rather people go overboard and do too much than being chill about it than realizing later that these girls are being abused/mistreated.
    For now I don’t get that vibes it seems like there’s a specific circle of models that view being in relationship with Leo as stepping stone.

    • Zazzoo says:

      I agree that it’s probably not abuse. We have no evidence of gaslighting, insults, definitely not hitting. And in LA anything goes in relationships so no one really cares. But I still consider it fair game for mockery. It shouldn’t be socially acceptable. 19 year old women should be able to trust that much older men, professors, bosses, uncles … aren’t assessing them for date-ability.

    • ThatsNotOkay says:

      That’s the thing–you (and so many others) called them “girls.” Can’t have it both ways. Either teenagers are women or they’re girls. Or maybe they’re something in-between and it’s still fair to criticize predators for going after barely legals. Like, is Prince Andrew a pedo/ephebophile or not? Is he just a sex trafficker or is the age of the person he was with relevant? Was Epstein a predator? The women he manipulated were teens and we’re find condemning him as such. Why not ephebophile Leonardo DiCaprio? Gaslighting, manipulating, preying on girls/women because of their age and newness to adulthood is incredibly serious. Leo DiCaprio doesn’t get a pass from me. Nor does King Charles (formerly Prince).

  3. Noki says:

    He is gross, I used to think that maybe he doesn’t want to get ‘trapped’into having kids so he dumps them ‘in time’ to go have them with someone else. A silly mentality of course, but there are many serial daters that managed to date women their own age and not have families(George Clooney, Simon Cowell). I don’t know what his problem is but he has one.

  4. Naomi says:

    I agree with Kaiser about the alarmist discourse. So much as an 8 year difference between a celebrity couple gets labeled as “grooming” which does a real disservice to actual victims of sexual abuse. Leo is creepy and pervy, yes, but that’s not actually the same as being a sexual predator. Like Kaiser, I’m not covering for him here– he’s gross. But gross doesn’t necessarily mean “criminal.”

    • molly says:

      I pass no judgement if a 38 year old dates a 30 year old. But a 27 year old dating a teenager? That’s a wholeass predator.

      (That being said, this woman probably isn’t 19, so I care less about it.)

      • Kitten says:

        My husband is 8 years younger than me and we started dating when he was 30 and I was 38. Hopefully people don’t see me as a predator…

        But yeah as Molly said, age absolutely does matter. I know 19 is technically an adult and I agree that these women have agency and likely get something out of it. But a culture that reinforces and celebrates this kind of dynamic where the woman isn’t even a fully formed adult and the dude is old enough to be her father is just gross and broken on so many levels.

  5. Remy says:

    They’re 29 years apart. Leo wouldn’t even date a girl the same age as their age difference.

    • LadyMTL says:

      OMG that’s true! I find that so funny, but also kind of sad. I’m just 2 years younger than Leo and my personal rule is that I won’t date anyone who’s young enough to be my child. Mind you, I wouldn’t call this an abusive situation (I have no doubt the women know the terms of their relationship) but I still find it kind of icky.

  6. Tacky says:

    He’s become a caricature of himself.

    • Lorelei says:

      It feels like he’s morphing into Jack Nicholson before our eyes

      • Saschafrom76 says:

        I had the exact thought. Look, women should actually be given agency over their bodies and their choices. However, we have learned that the human isn’t fully developed until age 25. I feel like adults need to make decisions for younger generations that benefit them, and saying I am not going to date a fully developed human no matter whether or not, they are considered an adult because they deserve an age-appropriate experience in life, that should be something that we do willingly for both men and women. We should also advocate for raising the age of insurance and dependent care to the age of 25 I’m not saying that parents should be responsible to that age but when insurance companies will not give lower rates to people because they’re 25 and they know that they are a higher risk because they are not fully developed, that should be something that we all get behind as far as engaging in personal relationships . My $.10, not that anybody asked. 🤣

  7. Ang says:

    Can you imagine having to hold conversations with a teenager every day? I mean, they can’t just have sex all the time, right? They have to like eat and shop. What the hell could they possibly talk about? Selfies? Her parents? Greta Thunburg?

    • Smart&Messy says:

      These stories make me think that you would have a similar experience talking to Leo himself. He can’t be much deeper or more mature than these girls. Maybe he has a few more funny stories to tell, since he is, you know, older. But how many coked out shit faced drunk bumb bro-stories can you handle…

      • Isa says:

        He’s probably one of those guys that doesn’t want the woman to say anything, just laugh at the right times.

  8. Smart&Messy says:

    Yeah, calling it abuse is watering down the strength of the word when it comes to referencing actual abuse. Same with bullying.

    Also, I agree wholeheartedly with that last tweet. A 30 yo would still be 18 years his junior, but he doesn’t want to be around that level of maturity. In any sense of the word.

  9. smcollins says:

    Oh, Leo….I get his attraction to the young & beautiful but, legal adult or not, would it kill him to aim just a smidge older, like at least not a literal teenager?

    • Lorelei says:

      The way he seems to go about it is bizarre, though…does he actually *know* these women and choose to start dating them because he enjoys their company?
      Because it seems more like he puts out a bat signal that he’s ready for a new one, then essentially receives a bunch of resumes, from which he picks the next GF to take on the role until she turns 25.
      It’s actually sad, imo. I know he has a tight group of guy friends, but his romantic relationships never seem to be genuine. Each GF just seems like a placeholder until the next one in the parade comes along. Has he ever actually loved anyone, though? I know I shouldn’t feel sorry for him, all things considered, lol, but I’ll always love him as Jack and this area of his life seems to be so emotionally empty.

      The woman he’s associated with always get a profile boost. But what does he get out of them (except for the obvious)? He seems to take his mom as his guest to award shows and such a lot of the time; it’s not like he’s desperate for a date. It’s so strange.

      • Lorelei says:

        Sorry, this post is in the wrong place! It was supposed to be a reply to Elizabeth’s comment below.

  10. Mindy_DelaCalle says:

    All these comments of not wanting kids equals dating younger women ONLY? Like there aren’t several women out there who have openly stated they don’t want children? It’s not because of that darlings. 👀

  11. Harla A Brazen Hussy says:

    But does being associated with Leo really help the careers of these young women?

    • Frippery says:

      How many models have articles about them on Buzzfeed or here if they aren’t dating an actor or a singer?

      Unless they’re part of a nepotism debate, not many

    • Brandy Alexander says:

      I don’t think it helps their careers either. I couldn’t even tell you the last girlfriend, Camille (?)’s last name, and I habit heard a thing about her since they broke up/. Maybe they get to go on to be influences (I do’t follow that circuit), but they’re surely not landing magazine covers when he’s done with them.

    • ThatsNotOkay says:

      It helped Gisele. And no, she wasn’t an it girl because she was a VS model. She got the stature she finally got because of her association with Leo. But that was a long time ago, when they were closer in age and nearing their primes, and he was still considered “hot”-ish and A-list, and hungry, and relevant.

  12. Lola says:

    At this point, 99.99% of the women who are Leo’s exact same age wouldn’t become pregnant without, or even WITH, extensive medical intervention, so this isn’t about avoiding kids. Er, this isn’t about avoiding pregnancy…

  13. Elizabeth says:

    The Beyond the Blinds podcast had a really interesting episode about Leo that really made me see him in a much more sympathetic light. He was almost certainly sexually abused as a child, and has a lot of issues that have stemmed from that. these women just help him essentially keep up a charade. There is no expectation of sex or commitment.

    • Lola says:

      A disgustingly high percentage of everyday women were sexually abused as children, and aren’t out here dating teenagers as a 50 year old. Whatever this is about, that is not an excuse.

      • NG_76 says:

        Exactly, this is just gross. I am a year and half younger than him and I have an eighteen year old and a nineteen year old. I couldn’t imagine dating someone that age. It’s inappropriate I would seriously side eye anyone my age doing that – why are we defending Leo here? This isn’t ok IMO

      • Betcha says:

        Agree! If he was abused that could cause him to be developmentally stunted but abuse is not an excuse for behavior. Just like Brad Pitt doesn’t get to use addiction as an excuse or himpathy. Our issues can explain our behavior but not excuse it at the harm of others.

    • Arizona says:

      I really do not think we should be saying someone was definitely sexually abused as a child based off of blind gossip. that’s really icky.

  14. Idk anything about the new model. But we all should remember he knew Camilla since she was 11or 12. (Her stepfather introduced them.) That sounds like a Chris Hansen voiceover to me. 🤷🏻‍♀️

    • Saschafrom76 says:

      WHAT?!?! Come on now that is actual grooming that is actual and factual grooming and I feel physically ill

  15. Emmi says:

    It’s not abuse but it still horrifies me. It’s gross, frankly and I would KILL for him to be examined by a psychologist and read that report. Not even joking. At the end of the day I suspect it’s not that deep though. He wants the control in the relationship. He wants them impressionable, no life experience, and just super young and perky. If more men could get away with this, we’d see more of it.

    And sure, 19-year-olds can go to war and vote. But let’s just remind ourselves that this dude is pushing 50 and his date can’t order a beer.

    • Turtledove says:

      I’d love to read that report too. I just don’t “get” it. I understand that if you are a big star, you can date the absolute most beautiful women and young beautiful women are a status symbol, of sorts. But this whole thing where they expire at 25? That goes way beyond a status symbol. There are 30 year old women in Hollywood that are more attractive than some 20 year olds. So it is NOT about just looks.

      I used to think that maybe the 25 thing was about him recognizing that he doesn’t want to settle down and so he lets them move before they waste too much of their youth on a dead end relationship.

      I don’t think him dating a 19 year old is abuse, but I do think it just makes him look gross and pathetic.

      • Emmi says:

        I just looked at her IG and I really don’t think it’s about looking like a teenager either. Small mercies I guess? Because she could easily pass for mid-20s, she’s got that bone structure. She is of course absolutely gorgeous but again, it’s not like she looks super young? So I’m at a loss.

  16. Phew! Now he doesn’t have to hunt for another for the next 5 or 6 years. What a… I’ll go with jerk just to keep things clean.

  17. HeyKay says:

    Leo at 48, and the female at 19 is just nasty. A 30 year age difference. No.
    Even if it’s a contract arrangement and yes 19 is legal age.
    Talented actor, stunted emotionally man.

  18. C says:

    I think focusing on 19-year-olds is gross and exploitative but not necessarily abuse. BUT it does creep me out that he knew his previous girlfriend from the age of 10, and so I think a little more penetrating looks should be given to what he is doing frankly.

  19. Laura says:

    I can’t imagine having just graduated high school and my friend saying she was dating someone my dad’s age. It’s gross and weird.

  20. susan says:

    omg her nose! that style is in every lookbook in the plastic surgeons office.

  21. AmelieOriginal says:

    hahahaha that Spanish tweet! For those that don’t speak Spanish: “Today we want to congratulate Leondardo DiCaprio (48) who will finally be able to have a relationship that lasts for a few years because apparently he is going out with Eden Polani, a model who is NINETEEN (19!). They still have six years of being a couple ahead of them. Seriously though, what a disgusting guy.”

    So cutting and so appropriate.

  22. TIFFANY says:

    That TiKTok vid did nail it, to tell the truth. It’s gross, but not illegal. Facts are facts.

    Even Jack Nicholson, who Leo seems obsessed with emulating, cut that crap out at some point.

  23. hangonamin says:

    Nah. this is still wrong to me. I understand labeling a certain situation may not be the most correct terminology for the general audience and lumping situations under one term always does that. but i do not think a 19 year old starting out her career in the modeling industry has 1) same agency 2) power 3) protection as a 48 yo well established Hollywood star. Also, just because the law says you can go fight in a war, own things, do adult things does not mean you are capable of making good life decisions. The power differential is very high there and the abuse potential too. We know Leo’s routine. I just hope she has people looking out for her if this is her move to get publicity and to help launch her career.
    Also…she wasn’t even born when Titanic was released.

    • Twin Falls says:

      All of this.

    • QuiteContrary says:

      Exactly. It’s the power differential as much as the age difference that makes this gross.

      And now, because “Titanic” (one of the most overrated movies, ever) is being re-released in cinemas for Valentine’s Day, we get to see DiCaprio’s face all of the time.

  24. Plums says:

    The comment that got me was the tweet with a picture of Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey doing tlou promo and pointing out it was the same age difference. After that I was like, okay yeah, he is disgusting, lol.

  25. Normades says:

    19 is barely legal. She is absolutely a child in my book.

  26. Zazzoo says:

    My father is only 20 years older than me. When I was 19 he took me out to dinner at a place he frequented. The hostess exclaimed with glee “you brought your daughter!” My father admitted that would have been embarrassing if he’d been on a date. And to his credit, he didn’t start dating women my age for another 20 years, and at this point I don’t care. A 40-60 age difference isn’t that disturbing.

  27. TeamMeg says:

    Arrested development is real. Meanwhile, Eden Polani has a name and a brain. She may be young, but she can think for herself and do what she wants. Off the charts beautiful—a natural stunner. Leo or not, I wish her success.

  28. Well Wisher says:

    Arrested development, an attempt to offer explanation and grace??
    I feel the same way if the sexes were reversed.

    A 19 year old needs to care free,
    love …..

    Just not a 49 year old.
    Maybe 20 years from now when both have fully developed brains and hopefully, maturity…

  29. Rnot says:

    They say people stop maturing when they get famous. He got famous very young. So he’s seeking his emotional “peers” rather than age-appropriate partners. He’s literally emotionally stunted.

    There’s a reason that the drinking age is 21 and it has to do with biologically based cognitive maturity. The brain isn’t ripe yet. The idea that the prefrontal cortex is still developing until 25 is based in reality even if it’s been overhyped recently. A 19 year old is fully mature in a reproductive sense, but not yet in a neurological sense. Romantic/sexual relationships between two people at different stages of development are a recipe for miscommunication and messed up power dynamics.

    • Emily_C says:

      That is not why the drinking age is 21. The drinking age in the U.S. is 21 because we’re a deeply puritanical country that’s perfectly fine with massive amounts of violence, but clutches our pearls at sex and other pleasures. The brain is ALWAYS developing. And if I never see the term “power dynamics” when it comes to romantic relationships again it will be too soon. It is now screamed by people claiming that a man dating a short woman is a pedophile. Or a man dating a woman at all, of course. It’s infantalizing and icky.

      Leo is also icky. But no, what you’re saying is pop science that has been used to further tell women we can never really be adults and can never really make choices and don’t really have sex drives.

  30. Julia K says:

    It is difficult to make healthy choices when your emotional level stopped at the age of your abuse. Could Leo be telling us he needs therapy?

  31. Mel says:

    At this point I don’t see why anyone should care or be surprised by his dating habits, they are well known. Everyone look away and let him wander into creepy , immature old guy territory. He likes it, I love it.

  32. Emily_C says:

    Creepy, considering his pattern, but abuse, no. Except that I saw people saying he’d known her for years before starting to date her? In which case it could be something more than just creepy.

  33. j.ferber says:

    He’s really just wasting her time, but she obviously wants the clout. I think Gisele did the best with him, since it helped her launch into super-stardom. I’m sure this very pretty teenager wants that, too.

  34. Onomo says:

    “ Manipulation and coercion is when someone with more power makes someone think they are in a good relationship. Then when they have their trust later they can make them do things they don’t want to do.”

    If men can be trusted then we are all supposed to accept Leo is a good guy and takes consent seriously and preciously. (Rolls eyes)

    If this decade taught us anything it’s that almost no one with unlimited power and resources- men or women – can be trusted. I would not let my kid date that loser, never ever.

  35. BreakerWaves says:

    This has been going on for so long with Leo, that I’m beginning to think these are bearding contracts and not girlfriends.

    • Dilettante says:


    • Melissa says:

      I have believed this for years now, and it’s absurd to have that mentality in 2023. I get wanting to preserve your image and reputation when in certain levels of fame and not wanting to reveal your innermost secrets to the world since it’s your private life, but come on. At this point he has to know he’s been ridiculed or criticized by his choices. The optics alone are bad enough.

    • Melissa says:

      I’ve believed this for years now, and it’s absurd to have that mentality in 2023. I get wanting to preserve your image and reputation at certain levels of fame and wanting to keep your innermost secrets to yourself as it’s your private life, but come on. He has to know he’s been ridiculed and criticized for this. The optics alone are bad enough.