Is Brad Pitt dating an MIT professor?
That’s the question rocketing around the Internet after a Page Six TV story reported that the handsome actor has been spending time with Neri Oxman, an Israeli-American architect who is a professor of media arts and sciences at the MIT Media Lab.
According to Page Six, the two met through an MIT architecture project. No more details were given in the report on when the project took place or what it specifically focused on.
However, Pitt has a home-building organization for those in need called Make It Right, and the organization has partnered with MIT-associated professionals before. And in November 2017, a Reddit user said Pitt had been spotted at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge.
“Brad and Neri instantly hit it off because they share the same passion for architecture, design and art,” a source told Page Six.
However, this might not be a romance — not yet, anyway. The source said the relationship between the two is “best described as a professional friendship.”
“Their friendship has not turned into romance . . . as both are cautious,” the source told Page Six. However, the source also said that Pitt “is very interested in spending more time with Neri, she is fascinating.”
A representative for Pitt reached by phone declined to comment. A bounceback message from Oxman said she is currently traveling with limited e-mail access.
Pitt, 54, has been separated from his wife, Angelina Jolie, since 2016. The two are currently finalizing their divorce. Before Jolie, Pitt was married to actress Jennifer Aniston.
Oxman herself is renowned in her field. According to her MIT staff page, her work is included in permanent exhibits at the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Museum of Science, and the Smithsonian Institution, among others. She has won several awards in design, and has graced the covers of several magazines, including Fast Company and Wired UK. She studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem before receiving a PhD in design computation from MIT.
In addition to her many accomplishments, Oxman was also named to the Globe Magazine’s 25 most stylish list in 2012.
“Opening my closet is a form of meditation,” she then told the Globe’s Christopher Muther. “I pick whatever I feel is right for the day. It’s usually only a matter of seconds before I’m out of the house.”
If Pitt and Oxman do indeed become an item, they would be the latest Hollywood pairing where one half has Massachusetts roots: Amy Schumer recently married Martha’s Vineyard-bred chef Chris Fischer, and Gwyneth Paltrow recently got engaged to Newton native Brad Falchuk.