Brad Pitt and Charlize Theron met last year on a commercial shoot, a sources tells PEOPLE after rumors surfaced of a relationship between the two
“About six months ago, they did a shoot together,” the source with knowledge of the situation says. “They have spent time together.” However, the source adds, “they have not been out together recently, and were never dating. Reports of them being involved romantically are false.”
On Jan. 20, the U.K.’s Sun newspaper claimed that Pitt and Theron had struck up a romance over Christmas. Neither star has commented.
As for the Sun‘s claim that Theron’s ex, Sean Penn, played any role in introducing them: “That couldn’t be more false. Not in the slightest,” the source adds.
Pitt has kept a low profile in dating life since his split from Angelina Jolie in Sept. 2017. He was linked to MIT professor Neri Oxman in mid 2018, though the high-profile architect later denied any romance between the two.
Pitt has been staying busy since his split, with several acting and producing projects in the work. He most recently wrapped filming alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which takes place in Los Angeles during the Manson family murders era.
He also executive produced If Beale Street Could Talk through his Plan B company and recently attended a private screening of the Oscar hopeful.
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Theron called off her engagement to Penn in 2015 and has since remained single while focusing on several action-heavy projects. She played a Bond-like spy in 2017’s Atomic Blonde and later the villain in Fate of the Furious.
The actress is also on the awards season radar for her turn in 2018’s Tully, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination at this year’s ceremony.