Ratajkowski filed for divorce from her husband Sebastian Bear-McClard last month after four years of marriage amid reports of him cheating. A source close to her told People that she struggled with the breakup but has really enjoyed her time with Pitt as she heals and starts dating again.
The split “was unexpected and devastating. She is very relieved to be on the other side of it all now,” the source said. “She is doing well. She thinks Brad is amazing. They have been on a few dates and she is pretty smitten. She is very cute when she talks about Brad. She thinks he is a gentleman. It’s really been the perfect timing for her.”
A source close to Pitt added that while the actor is officially single, he and Ratajkowski “have had a few dates” together. It’s the first time a source has outright said the two have been romantically involved.
“He was introduced to Emily by a friend in the art world. There is an attraction, but nothing serious going on,” the source added. “She is obviously gorgeous and very into art as well. They have a lot to talk about and always have a great time when they hang out. They stay in touch when they don’t see each other.”
Ratajkowski has not commented on Pitt herself, but she did expressed her grievances over the weekend about Blonde, a film Pitt produced. “So I’ve been hearing a lot about this Marilyn Monroe movie Blonde, which I haven’t seen yet, but I’m not surprised to hear that it’s yet another movie fetishizing female pain even in death. We love to fetishize female pain. Look at Amy Winehouse. Look at Britney Spears. Look at the way we are obsessed over Diana’s death, the way we obsess over dead girls and serial killers. Watch any CSI episode, and it’s like this crazy fetishization of female pain and death.”
“And I think as woman—I can say for myself for sure—that I learned how to fetishize my own pain and my own hurt and my life so it feels like something that can be tended to that’s kind of sexy and I’m like this, oh, fucked-up girl, whatever,” she continued. “And I think we do that in many, many different ways. But I want that to change. I was thinking about it and know what’s kind of hard to fetishize? Anger. Anger is hard to fetishize so I have a proposal. I think we all need to be a little more pissed off. I’m going to be in my bitch era. 2022, baby, is my bitch era. I think we should all be in our bitch era. So I’m going to be pissed off when I see this movie, I already know it, but it’s nothing new and yeah, I’m just going to get angry.”
Alyssa Bailey is the senior news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she’s not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.