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Jennifer Syme and Alexandra Grant: A look at Keanu Reeves’ secret loves

Jennifer Syme and Alexandra Grant: A look at Keanu Reeves’ secret loves

Actor Keanu Reeves has caused a stir this week by stepping out at an event in LA with his new artist girlfriend named Alexandra Grant.

The Matrix star, who is 55, attended the LACMA Art + Film Gala Presented By Gucci in Los Angeles with visual artist Alexandra Grant, 46 and the two certainly looked pretty loved up as they posed for the paps together.

The infamously secretive A-list actor rarely speaks about his private relationships and has only gone public with a couple of romances, choosing instead to keep that aspect of his life away from the public eye.

Despite recently revealing during his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that he had a crush on Sandra Bullock when the two stars were filming action movie Speed together (the pair never actually dated even though it was rumored they did), the Canadian actor doesn’t tend to talk about his love life.

Going public with Alexandra Grant and walking a red carpet hand-in-hand with her is therefore quite an unusual move for Keanu – and one that fans are excited to see.


Keanu Reeves’ relationship history

Prior to stepping out with Alexandra over the weekend, Keanu has only gone public with one other major relationship since he first started finding fame in the early 1990s.

Although he has been linked to photographer Amanda De Cadenet and actresses Claire Forlani and China Chow at different times, these are nothing more than unsubstantiated rumours.

Jennifer Syme

Jennifer was a Californian actress who found work in LA as a personal assistant. She worked for famed director David Lynch and also had a job at a music label where she worked with the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers as a PA.

Although the exact dates of their relationship are not known, Keanu and Jennifer are thought to have dated for much of the late 1990s. They reportedly met at a Hollywood party when Keanu was promoting his rock band, Dogstar.

The couple fell pregnant in 1999 and were expecting their first child together, a baby girl, when Jennifer gave birth eight months into her pregnancy to Ava Archer Syme-Reeves, who was stillborn.

The couple struggled to cope with their grief following the death of their daughter and had split by early January 2000.

Tragically, Jennifer was killed a year later on April 2, 2001, when the car she was driving was involved in a fatal crash in LA.

A friend of Keanu’s told The New York Post shortly after the news of the accident broke: ‘Keanu is heartbroken – he’s in pain. He and Jennifer were extremely close.’

Alexandra Grant

American artist Alexandra is from Ohio in the USA and is now based in Los Angeles.

According to her website she is an artist who: ‘through an exploration of the use of text and language in various media—painting, drawing, sculpture, film, and photography—probes ideas of translation, identity, dis/location, and social responsibility.’

While being romantically linked to Keanu may be new, Alexandra and the Hollywood star’s friendship stretches back much further.

The pair have been friends since before 2011, which is when Keanu published his first book Ode to Happiness.

The book is a collaboration between Keanu and Alexandra, as the actor wrote the words and Alexandra illustrated the work with blotted ink drawings.

‘Our friend [the book’s editor Janey Bergam] sat at Keanu’s house one night listening to wonderfully sad self-pitying songs and Keanu, in the spirit of poking fun at them, began to write a poem,’ Alexandra explained of the book’s origins in 2011.

The artist spent six months illustrating Keanu’s poem to create the book, which was then given to him as a gift.

‘I thought it was fantastic,’ Keanu revealed. ‘Holding it I just had this moment of looking at it and going ‘wow, if I’d like to have this, then other people would like to have this,’ so we tried to make it a work as a book.’

Following the publication of his first book, Keanu stated that he hoped to collaborate with Alexandra on further projects in the future, which the pair did, going on to release Shadows in April 2015.

The second book features photographs by Alexandra, taken of Keanu and his shadow, along with words by the actor exploring ‘the real and symbolic nature of the shadow as image and figure of speech.’

In 2017, Keanu and Alexandra founded a small artist book publishing company called X Artists’ Books (XAB).

At the time, Alexandra said that the books published by the press would aim to contain: ‘a strong sense of politics and social interest,’ with Keanu adding:  ‘they ain’t all bedtime stories. . . . They’re complicated.’

Their appearance in LA this week isn’t the first time the pair have been papped in public hand-in-hand, Alexandra and Keanu were also pictured together at the Saint Laurent Men’s Spring-Summer 2020 runway show in Malibu, California, on June 6, 2019.

However, neither have confirmed or spoken publicly about their relationship.



05-11-2019 06:45, source: metro, by James Foster
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