Paula Abdul’s First Keanu Reeves Meeting Had Her Saying ‘That’s My Boyfriend’

Keanu Reeves is one of Hollywood’s most popular actors, a star who has received acclaim for his work in both dramatic films and comedies. Reeves, who has appeared in some of the biggest action blockbusters of the past two decades, is also known universally as one of the nicest guys in the entertainment business.

He’s also a certified heartthrob, and even though he likes to keep his personal life under the radar, that doesn’t stop him from ending up on multiple celeb “wish lists.” Singer Paula Abdul opened up about her rumored relationship with Reeves, speaking out about the speculation that they were once romantically involved. 

What is Keanu Reeves best known for?

Keanu Reeves at the Bad Batch premiere
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Reeves was born in Lebanon in 1964 and enjoyed a multicultural upbringing for the first several decades of his life. He developed his love for acting by appearing in a variety of stage productions, eventually working his way up to television movies and shows.

In the mid-80s, Reeves made the transition to feature films, acting in movies like Youngblood and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

By the early ’90s, Reeves was a major Hollywood star. He fleshed out his resume by appearing in unexpected dramatic movies like Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but it was his role in the action movie Speed that really set the course for Reeves to become one of the hottest action stars of the past several decades.

Over the past few years, Reeves has continued to act prolifically, including in big-budget flicks like the John Wick franchise. 

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On the other side of the entertainment spectrum is Abdul, a popular singer and performer who is known for her electrifying dance moves. Abdul gained early recognition for her work with Janet Jackson, but she has been responsible for several hit singles of her own, including “Opposites Attract” and “Straight Up.”

Abdul was also one of the original judges of American Idol, appearing on the show from 2002 until 2009. 

In the early ’90s, Abdul curated a series of music videos, including one for her song “Rush Rush.” Taken from her second album, Spellbound, Abdul was a major star by that time and had the clout to hire big-name celebrities to appear in her music videos — including a young Reeves.

As it turns out, fans have never quite forgotten that memorable collaboration.

Did Paula Abdul and Keanu Reeves ever date?

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After Reeves appeared in the music video for Abdul’s “Rush Rush,” rumors started to swirl that the two were romantically involved. In 2019, Abdul appeared on Watch What Happens Live, dishing the truth about her relationship with Reeves.

After a caller asked Abdul if the two ever dated, the singer responded, reports Closer Weekly: “I wish! I mean I got to see him by accident. It was like the funniest thing. I wanted to introduce myself to him, I hadn’t met him yet and I went up to his trailer and the door was slightly open. He had headphones on and he was air guitaring in his underwear. And I said, ‘That’s my boyfriend.'”

Abdul clarified that even after that memorable incident, the two never became more than just friends, even though the rumor about a relationship between her and Reeves has never quite gone away.