Leonard DiCaprio has gained a reputation for dating women no older than 25, and so when he was pictured with a 19-year-old model at a party, the actor sent tongues wagging.
The Titanic star, 48, was sat next to French Israeli beauty Eden Polani, at Detroit-born singer Ebony Riley’s release party for her new EP.
Insiders close to the Hollywood heavyweight quickly rebuffed any speculation of a romance between the two, after Eden posted a series of cryptic snaps on Instagram and backlash began to mount.
On Tuesday morning, Eden shared an image taken from what appears to be a New York City hotel on her Instagram Stories, tagging the location as ‘New York’ and writing: ‘Long time no see.’
However, just over an hour after the photo was posted – amid the furious outrage that erupted on social media over their so-called romance – Eden had mysteriously removed the photo.
Rumours: Leonard DiCaprio has gained a reputation for dating women no older than 25, and so when he was pictured with a 19-year-old model at a party, the actor sent tongues wagging
Beauty: The Titanic star, 48, was sat next to French Israeli beauty Eden Polani, at Detroit-born singer Ebony Riley’s release party for her new EP – but insiders deny they’re dating
Here we take a look at who Eden Polani is – from her up-and-coming fashion career to her Instagram following.
Who is Eden Polani?
Eden was born in Paris to a French mother and an Israeli father and has been signed to several agencies, including IT Models, which focuses on boutique fashion, and Kult Models in Germany, among others.
The young beauty was encouraged to get into modeling for several years, but never took it seriously until she was discovered by ITM Models, according to Glamour Bulgaria, where she was a cover model.
The magazine described Eden as a fashion lover who loves to fit her own sense of style into new trends.
She also walked in Tel Aviv Fashion week in 2021 for its 10th Anniversary for Chen Bar Kalifa, who designed a clothing line around Israeli candy brand Milky. Kalifa is a student a Shenkar College, whose fashion students designs were featured on the runway.
Eden modeled designs by second, third, and fourth-year students. Tel Aviv Fashion Week debuted in 2011 by Motty Reif to revive fashion in Israel.
What is her Instagram following?
Eden is also a social media star with 195,000 Instagram followers.
Amid the backlash she has deactivated her social media profile.
The model boasts a glamorous page and litters it with pouty selfies, dressing room try-ons and her various adventures.
Covergirl: The teen appeared on the cover of Glamour Bulgaria in June 2020
On the catwalk: She walked the runway for Tel Aviv Fashion Week, where she modelled a fashion student’s design
NYC: Polani posted this picture of New York on February 7, after she was spotted with Leo in Los Angeles on January 31, however she appears to have deleted it soon after it was shared
The chic teen largely does commercial work and has been in several perfume ad campaigns and even did a commercial for Fattal Botanica Hotel in Israel.
In a friend’s TikTok, the young woman indicated she was into ‘older’ man as she and her friends all ran toward that side of the screen in the popular video.
Is Eden Polani dating Leonardo DiCaprio?
Sources close to 48-year-old lothario Leonardo have furiously denied he is ‘dating’ the 19-year-old French Israeli model after the actor faced furious backlash over his alleged romance with the teen when they were pictured posing together at the party.
At the party, The Once Upon A Time In Hollywood star was dressed in his standard casual ensemble, though he didn’t mask up as he sometimes does at public events.
He covered up with a simple black baseball cap, and he rocked a cool black bomber jacket over a nondescript black shirt while staying on theme with black jeans.
Eden – who bears a striking resemblance to Leo’s new flame – looked chic in a gray pinstripe suit, which she dressed down with a simple white blouse.
She added a thick gold chain around her neck for some extra sparkle, and she had her long red hair cascading down her shoulders.
Rumors were rife the Oscar winner was in a relationship with the former Glamour cover girl, however an insider has now insisted to DailyMail.com that the pair are not in a relationship.
‘They were seated next to each other at a music-listening party,’ the source said – although they did not comment on whether there had ever been any romantic connection between the two. ‘There were a number of people at that event.’
Why did the photo of the pair of them cause so much backlash?
Backlash: The model’s age has been scrutinized by DiCaprio’s fans as the young woman is merely 19
Striking: Eden – who bears a striking resemblance to Leo’s love interest Victoria Lamas – is signed to IT models and is also a social media star with 195,000 Instagram followers
Strike a pose: The model boasts a glamorous page and litters it with pouty selfies, dressing room try-ons and her various adventures
Despite the model’s ever-growing portfolio, DiCaprio’s fans were quick to spot her young age and Twitter has gone wild with the news that her high school education was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The actor came under fire on social media due to their huge age gap.
Moreover, she was not even born when Titanic was released in 1997 – more than 25 years ago.
Who is Leonardo dating?
Leo is said to be dating girlfriend Victoria Lamas, who at 23 is 25 years his junior and almost half his age.
The latest speculation surrounding Leo’s love life comes amid ongoing controversy over his dating habits; the Titanic star famously only dates women who are under the age of 25, and even split from his last serious girlfriend, Camila Morrone, weeks after she hit the milestone birthday.
It is unclear if he is still with Lamas, as he was apparently last seen in public with the model back in late December.
Love interest: Leo is said to be dating girlfriend Victoria Lamas (pictured), who at 23 is 25 years his junior and almost half his age
His more recent yacht outings have been with other women, and he more recently enjoyed a boys’ night out to watch the Los Angeles Lakers.
Lamas was well in line with his past girlfriends, all but one whom have apparently been 25 years old or younger, except for the model Gigi Hadid, whom he briefly dated last year.
His latest string of short flings follows his August 2022 breakup with the model-turned-actress Camila Morrone, whom he had been dating for four years.
Leonardo was pictured getting close to Hadid at a party in New York City in September.
The star has always hit headlines with his relationships, famously dating model Gisele Bündchen for five years starting when she was 20.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s Dating History
The Django Unchained star has famously made a habit of never dating any woman over the age of 25.
GISELE BUNDCHEN (1999-2004)
Gisele and Leonardo at the 2005 Academy Awards
Leo’s first high-profile relationship was with the Brazilian model, who was 20 when the pair hooked up. She broke off the relationship five years later at the age of 25.
BAR REFAELI (2005-2010)
The actor’s relationship with Bar Refaeli ended after 5 years of dating – coincidentally the same time the Israeli model turned 25.
BLAKE LIVELY (2011)
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
The current wife of Ryan Reynolds dated Leo for just one year – when she was 23.
ERIN HEATHERTON (2012)
The Victoria’s Secret Angel alum was just 22 when she dated DiCaprio in 2012.
TONI GARRN (2013-2014)
German-born model Garrn was just 21 when she and Leo broke up after two years of dating.
KELLY ROHRBACH (2015)
Kelly Rohrbach on the set of Baywatch
The Baywatch reboot star was 25 when she and DiCaprio dated from June until around December of 2015, with the break alleged to be a mutual decision
NINA AGDAL (2016-2017)
Nina Agdal and her ex Jack Brinkley Cook
Things ended between Leo and the Danish swimsuit model after she hit 25 in 2017.
CAMILA MORRONE (2017–2022)
Leo and Camila out and about in New York City in May 2018
Leo and the model-turned-actress began dating just months after his split from Nina Agdal. The were reported to be more serious than ever at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but the two reportedly split over the summer of 2022.
GIGI HADID (SEPTEMBER 2022 – DECEMBER 2022)
Gigi Hadid walks the runway in Paris in October 2022
Following his August split from Morrone, it was reported that Leo had his eyes on model Gigi Hadid. The pair were seen hanging at NYC hotspots but the romance seemingly fizzled out in December.
VICTORIA LAMAS (DECEMBER 2022 – NOW)
Victoria Lamas pictured
Leo was previously romantically linked to model/actress Victoria Lamas, who happens to be the daughter of actor Lorenzo Lamas. The pair were spotted hanging in Hollywood in late December and reportedly rang in the New Year together.