It’s been 16 months since Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt announced their separation, and this week the actress found herself at the centre of new romance rumours. It was suggested that the star had started dating Cambodian filmmaker and lyricist PraCh Ly – but according to People magazine, the rapper is just a “friend” and the 42-year-old ‘respects his work.’
The source added: ‘She isn’t dating anyone and won’t be for a very long time. She is focused on her children and their needs.’ Angelina and PraCh are thought to have been introduced through Loung Ung, the human rights activists and author behind the book, First They Killed My Father – the inspiration for Angelina’s Netflix movie.
Angelina and PraCh Ly have also been spotted attending the same events during the film’s promotions in Cambodia, and Loung Ung was also there. Some gossip columns also reported that PraCh Ly has bonded well with Angelina’s eldest son Maddox (who is of Cambodian origin) already. Apart from Maddox, 16, Angelina and Brad are parents to Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 11, and 9-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox (the youngest three are their biological kids), all of who stay in Jolie’s Malibu residence.
The actress and director has been busy promoting the drama, which lost out to Germany’s In The Fade in the Golden Globe’s Best Foreign Language Film category in Beverly Hills on Sunday.
However, the ceremony put her back in the public eye after she withdrew following her split with 54-year-old Brad. Her 14-year-old son Pax was her date for the Globes.
As for how she is feeling, Angelina told People last fall: ‘I have had my ups and downs. I guess I am a little bit stronger.
‘We all have our difficult times, but as a mother you also have a responsibility first and foremost towards the kids.
‘They are going through their formative years and everything else comes second to that.’
Angelina previously expressed hope that First They Killed My Father would shed light on the Cambodian genocide and the people would take pride in what the country endured in the late 1970s.
‘I hope this doesn’t bring up hatred. I hope this doesn’t bring up blame,’ Angelina told the BBC. ‘I hope the people of this country are proud when they see it, because they see what they’ve survived.’