British model Roxy Horner says she and Leonardo DiCaprio are just friends but tabloid reports are everywhere saying they’re more than that. Page Six reports that the pair were seen together after the 2016 BAFTAs ceremony in London, which was held on Valentine’s Day. At the awards, Leo just happened to pick up the Best Actor award, something that’s sure to impress the ladies in the post-show parties. It also makes Leo firmly the favorite to take home the Best Actor Oscar on February 28. He was last dating Sports Illustrated stunner Kelly Rohrbach, the couple ended their romance in December 2015.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Horner Thinks It’s a ‘Joke’ That You Can’t Be Friends With Someone ‘Without People Assuming It’s More Than That’ but Then Deleted the Tweet
In an apparently now-deleted tweet, Page Six reports that Horner responded to the DiCaprio rumors saying, “You can’t have a friend in the industry without people assuming it’s more than that . . . It’s a joke.” She added that despite the fact that they were both in the Chiltern Firehouse restaurant after the BAFTAS for a party but “FYI we all went our separate ways home, as friends do.” A source close to Leo also told the New York Post that The Reverent star isn’t seeing anyone.
2. She Last Dated the Star of the UK’s Answer to ‘Jersey Shore’
Horner’s last high-profile romance to English reality star Joey Essex ended in November 2013, just prior to his appearance on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, reported the Daily Mirror. The tabloid said that she ended things with him, one his friends said, “He thinks Roxy is absolutely beautiful, he could see himself being with her for a long time but things just had to end, they both knew.” He was the star of the show The Only Way Is Essex, referred to, along with Geordie Shore, as the UK’s answer to Jersey Shore.
More recently, in November 2015, the Mirror reported that Essex and Horner were linked together again. This came after Essex broke up with Zayn Malik’s ex Perrie Edwards.
3. She’s Also a Songwriter
In an interview on the fashion label BooHoo, Horner was asked about her favorite things to do outside of modeling. She replied:
I like to explore! Going to new places I haven’t been before; I try to do this every weekend if I can! I also love writing songs when I’m on long commute / journeys.
You can listen to one of her songs above. She also added in the interview that Kate Moss was someone she always admired. Perhaps she got the songwriting bug when she dated English rapper Taio Cruz in 2011.
4. Like the Rest of Us, After a Long Day She Likes to ‘Netflix & Chill’ With a Glass of Red Wine
She told HungerTV in a May 2015 interview that her favorite thing to do to unwind is to, “Put on some comfy clothes, take off my make up if I’ve been shooting, listen to music or watch some Netflix with a glass of red wine!” Horner spoke at length in that piece about how much she loved working with legendary British photograph Rankin.
5. It Remains to Be Seen if Horner Will Be Leo’s Oscar Date, His Mother, Irmelin Indenbirken, Regularly Accompanies Him
With the Oscars looming large and Leo the favorite to take home an award for the first time ever, it remains to be seen if Horner will be on his arm. An interesting piece on MTV.com this week speculates that perhaps his choice in dates is in some way responsible for his lack of Oscar success. Aside from bringing Tom Brady’s wife Gisele in 2005, she wasn’t his wife then, Leo’s traditional awards date is his mother, Irmelin Indenbirken.