Alia Shawkat Says Attention From Brad Pitt Dating Rumor Felt Like ‘Being Naked in School’

It wasn’t that long ago that there was a rumor Alia Shawkat and Brad Pitt were dating. A lot of people were talking about it on Twitter. The Search Party actor revealed her reaction to all of that attention and addressed the rumor that she was romantically involved with Pitt.

There was a rumor Alia Shawkat and Brad Pitt were dating

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Shawkat and Pitt were seen hanging out at an art exhibit in Los Angeles in November. They also reportedly saw two plays together before this outing. This sparked a rumor that they’re dating.

There were sources denying this rumor. “They’ve spent time together and have similar interests, but that’s the extent of it,” a source told E! News. “They are not a couple and there’s nothing romantic going on. Brad has different friends in different walks of life and this is one of them. He enjoys being social with friends.”

Mysterious sources weren’t the only ones denying this. The producer later addressed the rumors directly.

Pitt denied the dating rumors

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Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt and it was finalized in 2016. Since then there have been rumors of him dating multiple women.

He revealed to Entertainment Tonight whether he pays attention to any of the rumors about his personal life. Pitt said he doesn’t “go out of my way to avoid it; I just don’t seek it out.”

He then added, “I don’t know how many women they’ve said I’ve been dating the last two or three years. And none of it’s true.”

Pitt also appeared on the podcast, WTF With Marc Maron talking about rumors related to his life. “I’m just like trash mag fodder,” he said. “Because of my disaster of a personal life, probably.”

Many have become interested in Pitt’s love life since his marriage ended with Jennifer Aniston. He left her for Jolie who was his Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-star.

She says the attention felt like ‘being naked in school’

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The Search Party actress talked to Vulture about the rumor she was dating Pitt. She addressed the dating rumors directly.

“We’re not dating. We’re just friends,” Shawkat said. The actor noted how this was all new to her. “I’ve gotten press, but not like that,” she said. “Not so uncontrollable.”

Shawkat said she woke up to people talking about her on Twitter. “I was like, I don’t believe this,'” she said. “All my friends were like ‘What’s going on?’ and sending me photos. I just felt overwhelmed. It’s that feeling of being naked in school, like, Oh my God, everyone’s looking at me.”

It doesn’t sound like Shawkat or Pitt enjoyed being the focus of dating rumors. They both say they’re just friends and have denied them.