Allie Teilz, 19, is the reported new squeeze of Joaquin Phoenix, 39, according to a report by E! River Phoenix’s younger brother is not one for going into the celebrity side of acting life, his previous well-known dalliance was with Liv Tyler, whom he dated for six years.
So here’s what you need to know about Phoenix’s 19-year-old girlfriend:
1. The Couple Were Scene Roaming the Streets of Rome Together
News of this romance first broke when E! reported that Phoenix was seen in Rome with a “mystery blonde.” The blonde of-course turnst out to be Teilz. Phoenix is in the city promoting his new movie, Her. The Daily Mail reports:
Wrapping his arms affectionately around the teen musician as they strolled around the Italian capital, the Hollywood star didn’t seem at all bothered about going public with his new relationship in spite of the couple’s two-decade age gap.
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The Mail also crucially notes that the couple are wearing matching Converse sneakers.
2. She’s a DJ
Teilz is a fixture on the party circuit in LA and New York. She told Bullet Media in August:
My ideal goal would be to get people back into the community of music and reshape the music industry. The reason I don’t work in it right now is because I don’t like the direction it’s going, and when I get back into it I want to have a solution for change.
I want people to care about music again, and I want there to be a search again, I want to restore a lot of the past in the music industry — but make it so people are open to it in the time that we live in.
3. She’s a Native of Arizona
Far from the trappings of Hollywood that Joaquin Phoenix was brought up in, Teilz is from Arizona. She says her first job was in a local record store. E! reports that she went to an all-girls private school and was “very emo” and “went to local shows in Arizona,” but “people thought she was really cool.”
4. She Lied About Her Age to Get Into the Industry
In order to break into the music industry, Teilz tells Bullet,
When I was younger I used to work production for arena shows in Vegas and Palm Springs, and I did artist relations for pop stars. On Thursdays after school I would go from school to the airport, fly to Vegas, work the shows from 6am Friday until Sunday at 2am, before school.
I had a complete double life and lied about my age, obviously, but I was really getting involved in the music world and starting to meet people. It wasn’t a good world for me being as young as I was.
5. She Has a Pretty Cool Tumblr
It includes a how-to on how to pronounce her surname, it’s “Teal+zzzz.” As well as plenty of reference to cultural icons from 1990s like Kurt Cobain, Winona Ryder and My Bloody Valentine.