A source close to DiCaprio made it clear to E! that the 47-year-old actor is very interested in the 27-year-old model, even relatively fresh off his breakup from his girlfriend of four years, Camila Morrone, who turned 25 two months before their split was reported at the end of August.
“Leo has been asking mutual friends about Gigi and wants to get to know her,” the source said. “They have hung out several times and he is interested.” That source added that he and Hadid are not “exclusive,” with the source adding that Hadid doesn’t really care to be too deeply involved with DiCaprio at this point.
“Gigi is having fun with it,” the source said. “She is not interested in anything serious.” Hadid last publicly dated Zayn Malik, her ex-boyfriend and the father of her two-year-old daughter Khai. The two broke up about a year ago following Malik’s alleged dispute with her mother Yolanda Hadid; they dated on-off for six years prior to that final split.
While Hadid isn’t envisioning a serious love story with DiCaprio, a source told The Sun that he isn’t completely against Hadid being the one—and he’s taking things slowly with her to give that future a chance.
“Leo has been telling friends he doesn’t want he and Gigi to be a spectacle—they have been so secretive throughout seeing each other,” a source said. “He wants to take it slow. They are both high profile doesn’t want to put pressure her. They have been dating since Capri where they were on a yacht together alone.”
“He knew he wanted to meet someone who he has similar views on life,” the source added, claiming that DiCaprio believes Hadid is mature for her age and a “real catch” feeling Gigi is mature for her age.
“He’s been saying he actually feels he is ready to do a George Clooney and meet the right person—now feels he can,” the source added. “He has been telling his friends he really hates the narrative of him only dating women under 25—it upsets him—Gigi is 27 with a child. There is definitely chemistry, they adore each other, but he has no plans to make their relationship public yet.”
A source echoed that sentiment to People this week: “He really likes that she has her life together,” the outlet’s source said. “She has a child and she’s mature. He wants to be with someone who has the same idea of good causes and political views like he does.”
That said, Hadid seriously isn’t as sold on this relationship’s longterm potential as DiCaprio. As a source close to Hadid told E! on September 13, she sees him much more casually. “Neither of them want a relationship [at the moment],” the source said. “Gigi and Leo have hung out multiple times and are into each other. Gigi thinks he’s a really cool guy. Majority of their hangouts have stemmed from being in the same social circles at various parties.”
Alyssa Bailey is the senior news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she’s not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.