Well, it would appear the ever elusive Emma Watson is dating again, more than five months after it was reported she had split from tech entrepreneur William ‘Mack’ Knight.
Speculation about a new relationship began in February, when Watson and former Glee star Chord Overstreet were seen leaving a Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats concert in West Hollywood.
The actress, who will be 28 next month, was again spotted with Overstreet leaving the Vanity Fair Oscars party on Sunday night.
In the days after the Oscars, a source “close” to Watson denied the two were in a relationship at all, though the source’s credibility was almost immediately brought into question when, errrr, photos emerged of the two holding hands in Los Angeles on Friday.
An anonymous source with little credibility. What a novelty.
So who is the mysterious (or perhaps not-so-mysterious, if you’re so Glee-inclined) Chord Overstreet, with a name worthy of Windsor-family ties?
Chord Overstreet is best known for playing Sam Evans in the musical teen drama Glee from 2009 until 2015. After he left the show, he has spent most of his time dabbling in music. In 2016, he released his debut single, “Homeland”.
His family, he has said in many interviews, are a huge source of inspiration for him musically. For one, he grew up in Nashville, meaning he was overwhelmed with and by music from a young age. His father, Paul Overstreet, is also a renowned country singer/songwriter and his older brother, Nash Overstreet, plays guitar in the band Hot Chelle Rae.
In a 2016 interview with The Huffington Post, Overstreet said Glee was an incredible training ground to launch off as a career musician.
“It was interesting because it was kind of like college for me in a sense, I was very raw. It helped me jump into performing in front of a lot of people and being comfortable, getting a stage presence and knowing what I’m doing. It’s one of those things where I got thrown into the heat of it all being very green,” he said of his time on the show.
At 23, Overstreet had an 18-month relationship with actress Emma Roberts, who was just 21 when the two dated. They broke up in 2012.
Since then, he has been linked with Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson, and most recently dated actress Brooke Butler. They reportedly started dating in 2015, though tabloids can’t quite decipher when their relationship ended. All they know is they no longer follow each other on Instagram. So, you know, there’s that.
But despite the fuss of the news of her new relationship, don’t expect the characteristically private Watson to give the public much, if any, insight into her relationship.
As she told Vanity Fair last year, if she can’t have it both ways; asking for privacy and then talking publicly of her private life.
“I want to be consistent: I can’t talk about my boyfriend in an interview and then expect people not to take paparazzi pictures of me walking around outside my home. You can’t have it both ways,” she said. “I’ve noticed, in Hollywood, who you’re dating gets tied up into your film promotion and becomes part of the performance and the circus. I would hate anyone that I were with to feel like they were in any way part of a show or an act.”
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