Where Angelina Jolie goes, the cameras will surely follow.
Last week, Page Six reported that the Oscar winner enjoyed a three-hour lunch at celebrity haunt Nobu in Malibu, Calif., with David Mayer de Rothschild — the handsome youngest heir to the Rothschild banking fortune.
Looking fresh-faced with barely any makeup, and clad in a slinky black dress with cutouts, the 47-year-old star left the restaurant with a smiling de Rothschild, 44, in tow.
Single since her bitter divorce from Brad Pitt, it would seem that de Rothschild, a British explorer, environmental campaigner, author and filmmaker, would be precisely the kind of man Jolie would want to date.
However, de Rothschild is married to Ukrainian actress Karina Deyko, who, like Jolie, is a dark-haired beauty, and the pair share a sprawling bohemian complex in Venice Beach. Deyko declined to comment.
Indeed, the Nobu lunch was a business meeting, sources confirmed, attended by a small group of people.
But, as always, Jolie has a knack for making even a business meeting look intriguing.
The actress has kept her personal life quiet since her split from Pitt, her third husband, back in 2016. The pair remain entwined in two legal battles: one over their children and another over their French château and winery, Miraval.
However, Jolie has seemingly had a fling or two since the divorce.
We’re told by one highly placed Hollywood insider that she “definitely hooked up” with singer The Weeknd (real name: Abel Tesfaye) who counts supermodel Bella Hadid and Selena Gomez among his exes.
The couple was first spotted leaving LA eatery Giorgio Baldi in July 2021.
Although sources close to the “Blinding Lights” singer, 33, were keen to tell Page Six at the time that it was a business dinner, they were both photographed at a private concert just a few weeks later, where Jolie was joined by her daughters, Zahara, now 18, and 16-year-old Shiloh. That September, the pair were also seen having dinner again at Giorgio Baldi.
Jolie deflected an awkward question about their relationship while promoting “The Eternals” when an E! reporter asked her whether her six children were more excited that she was in the Marvel movie — or friends with The Weeknd.
“They’re very excited about this film … if that’s what you’re asking,” Jolie replied, turning to share a glance with her co-star, Salma Hayek.
Rep for The Weeknd and Jolie were unavailable for comment.
Then, in January, Jolie and Shiloh were pictured having coffee with “Normal People” heartthrob Paul Mescal in London after watching the 27-year-old actor perform in “A Streetcar Named Desire” at the Almeida Theatre.
But Page Six is told there is “nothing” romantic in Jolie and Mescal’s friendship.
Jolie has certainly made it clear that she has been focused on “healing” following her divorce.
She told British Vogue in 2021: “The past few years have been pretty hard. I’ve been focusing on healing our family. It’s slowly coming back, like the ice melting and the blood returning to my body.”
She bought Cecil B. DeMille’s famous home for $24.5 million in 2017, and is living there with son Pax, 19, a budding artist, Shiloh and twins Vivienne and Knox. The actress’s eldest son Maddox, 21, is studying at South Korea’s Yonsei University and Zahara is a student at Spelman college in Atlanta.
Jolie revealed that she chose the property because she wanted her kids to be close to 59-year-old Pitt, who then lived only five minutes away.
This week, however, it was reported that Pitt — now dating Ines de Ramon, the ex wife of “Vampire Diaries” star Paul Wesley — has sold his Los Feliz estate for $39 million as he wants to downsize, although a source who knows him said he’s not moving in with de Ramon.
Jolie and Pitt have been engaged in a legal battle over the custody of their children since Jolie filed for divorce in September 2016.
Pitt has a fraught relationship with some of their children, following the now-infamous private plane incident that prompted the couple’s split.
In August 2022, Jolie prompted the release of an FBI report into the incident — in which she said that Pitt “physically and verbally assaulted” her and their children aboard the plane. The FBI declined to press charges against Pitt, who later insisted he would not “own to anything” he did not do.
“It’s a case of parental alienation,” claimed one source familiar with the custody fight this week. “It’s very sad.”
In 2021, Jolie won her appeal to remove their private judge, John Ouderkirk, from the case after arguing that he had business interests with Pitt.
“They’re back to the beginning pretty much,” said the source. “Brad is pissed, but there’s honestly been no movement recently while the lawyers are doing their thing. Angelina has been quiet for close to six months, so it seems for the moment that things have calmed down between them.”
The couple still don’t speak, however, Page Six told.
They’re also still at war over Miraval, the château where they wed in 2014.
In June, Pitt, who is producing a skin care line under the Château Miraval name, accused Jolie in a lawsuit of intentionally seeking to “inflict harm” on him by selling her half of the estate to Russian billionaire Yuri Shefler — the owner of the company that makes the flagship Russian vodka Stolichnaya, renamed Stoli.
Having made “desperate attempts to disassociate himself from the Putin regime, the Stoli brand is now a massive international liability,” court papers filed in LA alleged, citing Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
The “Moneyball” actor claimed in the lawsuit that Jolie sold her interest in the vineyard without his consent, something they had previously agreed was a requirement, although Page Six is told that this was a “verbal” agreement.
Lawyers are still wrangling. Jolie’s attorneys still have to deliver information they promised as part of the discovery process, while another legal filing, seen by Page Six, makes it clear there is a row brewing over whether documents were destroyed by either Jolie or Shefler’s camp.
As for the future, Jolie announced that she was stepping away from her role as a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Special Envoy in December.
“I will continue to do everything in my power in the years to come to support refugees and other displaced people,” she said. “After 20 years working within the UN system I feel it is time for me to work differently, engaging directly with refugees and local organizations, and supporting their advocacy for solutions.”
A source close to the actress told People that Jolie “decided to leave UNHCR so she can devote more of her efforts to supporting groups led by those most directly affected by conflict, to help empower them and lift their voices and leadership.”
She has worked with locally led organizations like the MJP Foundation in Cambodia, which she founded back in 2003.
Jolie recently launched the non-profit “Women for Bees” in Mexico. The purpose of the program is to empower the local women through their work, and to learn how to care for bees.
And she’s still acting — in October it was announced that Jolie will star in a biopic of opera singer Maria Callas, directed by Oscar nominee Pablo Larraín.
This could lead to another Oscar nomination for the star, said multiple Hollywood insiders, but it’s yet to be seen who would be on her arm on the red carpet.
As one insider said of Jolie: “She won’t stay single forever!”