After weeks of speculation and high-profile partying up and down the French Riviera, DiCaprio, 36, and Lively, 23, were photographed holding hands during a romantic, moonlit stroll after dinner in Monte Carlo May 27– and only Us Weekly has the exclusive photos.
“He looked very in love,” a witness says in the new issue, on stands Wednesday. Two days later, the Oscar-nominated actor — who has been wining and dining the Gossip Girl star for weeks over dinner, helicopter and yacht rides and glitzy A-list bashes — brought her as his guest at a Grand Prix-viewing bash aboard a yacht.
“Her face lit up when Leo was talking,” a fellow reveler says.
“He had introduced Blake as his girlfriend,” adds a source. “I would say they’re totally smitten!”
Although DiCaprio and model Bar Rafaeli called it quits just a few weeks ago, he and Lively first connected at an NYC business meeting back in November — and shared a kiss at a Hollywood bash in January.
“I’ve never seen him like this with a girl,” adds the insider of DiCaprio.
She seems so young, doesn’t she? 13 year age difference is pretty big, if you ask me! I know it’s not too bad, in Hollywood’s eye – but the life difference between 23 and 36 has to be huge.
Oh well, life’s short – might as well go for it!
For much more on this suddenly hot-and-heavy romance — how DiCaprio has spared no expense for his new lady, Lively’s decade-long crush on the star, and more exclusive photos of their PDAs in Europe — pick up the new Us Weekly, on stands Wednesday!