Keanu Reeves Hailed A Hero For Dating Someone Of His Age

“People are calling 55-year-old movie star Keanu Reeves a hero. Why? Because he showed up on the red carpet with a woman he’s dating, who happens to be around his age. She’s actually 9 years younger, but he’s becoming like the poster child for a guy who’s really great because he goes out with a woman whose like around his age,” panelist Joy Behar said at the beginning of the segment.
Keanu Reeves Hailed A Hero For Dating Someone Of His Age

The “John Wick” actor, who was already somewhat of an internet hero (sometimes referred to as the “internet’s boyfriend” for his consistently wholesome behavior), was hailed for his age-appropriate dating choice on social media after the appearance.

The panel on the daytime talk show discussed the reaction, which largely included praise for Reeves having chosen a woman in his own age group ― a stark contrast to Hollywood’s norm.

“Hugh Hefner was 60 years older than his last wife,” Behar said.

She went on to rally off a long list of dramatic age differences in Hollywood relationships.

“Dennis Quade, 65. Engaged to a 26-year-old. Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones ― 25 years. Alec Baldwin, Hilaria Baldwin ― 26 year difference. Billy Joel ― 33 years. David Fister and Catherine McPhee ― 34 years,” she said.

“That’s the difference... You can see why they call this guy a hero when you hear this.”

Reeves, who is famously private, had not stepped out with a partner in more than three decades. Grant is an accomplished artist and collaborated on Reeves’ book “Ode to Happiness,” which was published in 2011. The two longtime friends have reportedly been dating in secret for several months.

Past relationships

Reeves is entitled to British citizenship through his English mother. He holds Canadian citizenship by naturalization and identifies as such.

On December 24, 1999, Reeves' girlfriend, Jennifer Syme, gave birth eight months into her pregnancy to Ava Archer Syme-Reeves, who was stillborn. The strain put on their relationship by their grief resulted in their break-up several weeks later.

On April 2, 2001, Syme was driving alone on Los Angeles' Cahuenga Boulevard when she sideswiped three parked cars, rolled over several times, and was thrown from the car. Authorities believed she died instantly. She was reportedly being treated for depression and taking two prescription drugs, which police found in her car.

Reeves, who was scheduled to begin shooting back-to-back Matrix sequels during the subsequent spring, sought "peace and time" to deal with the incident, according to his friend Bret Domrose, a guitarist in Reeves' alternative rock band Dogstar.

In 2008 he briefly dated model-actress China Chow and has recently[when?] expressed his past feelings for his Speed costar Sandra Bullock.

In 2009, artist Alexandra Grant met Reeves at a dinner party, became friends, and started collaborating on a book together. In November 2019, it was reported that Grant and Reeves are dating.

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