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Why Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence should NOT be dating

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Why Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence should NOT be dating

Let’s be charitable and assume that a report that Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence have been sharing “nights of passion” came from a place of wishful thinking.

After all, these two pretty, talented blondes are among the biggest stars in the world. They’re also both single, and it would be easy to believe that Pitt regarded Lawrence as “the woman of his dreams.”

But, alas, the report, a cover story from the supermarket tabloid the Star, seems to be a mere fantasy. That’s according to reports from two other gossip sources, GossipCop and the Daily Mail.

Pitt “laughed off” the report, GossipCop reported, adding that a source for the actor called the report entirely “false.” A representative for Lawrence also confirmed that she’s not dating Pitt. The Daily Mail, citing a source of its own, agreed that the report is false.

But the report sounded intriguing. It suggested that Pitt “has had his eye on Jennifer for years,” and finally got up the nerve to call after hearing that the Academy Award-winning actress had recently split from director Darren Aronofsky after one year of dating.

Pitt was also “nervous to date” anyone following his bitter breakup with Angelina Jolie, the mother of his six children, the Star report said.

It’s true that Pitt’s romantic history has been rather unfortunate, though marked by associations with A-list women. He ended his marriage with Jennifer Aniston to be with Jolie, and before Aniston, he was engaged to Gwyneth Paltrow.

According to Pitt’s Star-generated fantasy romance with Lawrence, he and the “Silver Linings Playbook” star “talk on the phone and send each other texts throughout the day,” if they can’t be together.

Friends also were said to be crossing their fingers that things would work out, given that Pitt and Lawrence “have both been unlucky in love” and are “hoping for the real thing.”

But here’s the real thing: Pitt is 54 and Lawrence is 27, an age difference of nearly 30 years.

Yes, Lawrence has shown a fascination for older men. Aronofsky, her “Mother!” director, is 48, and she had an on-again-off-again thing going with Coldplay singer Chris Martin, 40, after his divorce from Paltrow, who, yes, is Pitt’s ex-fiancée.

But the romance between the aging male star and the pretty young actress: It’s become a bit of a Hollywood cliche. And one would like to think that such exceptional mega-stars as Pitt and Lawrence would be above playing out a Hollywood cliche.

GossipCop said there’s just a smidgen of truth in the Star report. It’s that Pitt and Lawrence have met — but briefly at the Oscars in 2014 when he was with Jolie.

But Pitt’s love life will continue to fascinate. The Star previously tried to float a report that Pitt was dating Kate Hudson, and had even gotten her pregnant. Meanwhile, the Daily Mail speculated on a recent summer fling between Pitt and Sienna Miller. Pitt produced the film “The Lost City of Z” that Miller starred in.

The Pitt-Miller coupling sounded like a nice idea, given that Pitt and Miller also are both blond and pretty and care about attaching themselves to quality, independent film projects.

Also, Miller at age 35 is at least a bit more in Pitt’s ballpark, age-wise.

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