After Liam Neeson told the Irish Independent he was dating an “incredibly famous” woman, fans immediately began speculating whom the high-profile romance could be with. But it turns out, the actor was just being playful.
“He was joking with an Irish journalist while conducting an interview promoting a documentary, and the humorous tone of that statement did not translate in the printed version of the interview,” his rep exclusively tells PEOPLE.
During the interview, the actor, 63, said he was dating someone, but refused to reveal her name.
“I’d embarrass her if I said her name,” he said. “She’s incredibly famous. I’ll have to do my best for her.”
The actor has done his best to keep his personal life private since the unexpected death of his wife, Natasha Richardson, in 2009.