Sat. May 18th, 2024

After his breakup with model girlfriend Camila Morrone, Leonardo DiCaprio was heavily criticized and made fun of by social media users for being an ageist.

According to The Sun, a source said, “Leo and Camila ended their relationship over the summer.

“There are no bad feelings between them. It just came to a natural conclusion.”

Now one of the actor’s former girlfriends is speaking out about her relationship with him after more than 20 years of their split.

“Former actress and model Kristen Zang, 48, dated Leonardo DiCaprio, 47, from 1995 to 1999. Now married and quietly living in Oregon, Zang has never spoken publicly about their relationship.”

“But after seeing what she calls “ageist” headlines and online comments last week about DiCaprio’s recent split from longtime girlfriend Camila Morrone, 25, Zang felt compelled to share her perspective with us,” reported PEOPLE.

“I’m a very private person, much like my ex-boyfriend. But this past week, I have felt compelled to share a few things for the first time. Leo and I dated for four years. I met him casually through friends when I was 19, and we started dating when we were both 21.” She wrote for the publication.

“We were kids. My friends knew his friends, and Hollywood was like a big high school back then. It was, dare I say, an innocent time. We were nerds. Good-looking nerds with glamorous jobs, but still nerds. We went to amusement parks, concerts, museums, and the movies. I was with him when he made Romeo & Juliet, Titanic, and The Beach.”

According to Zang, during their relationship, she used to visit Leo on his movie sets and he was a sweet and thoughtful boyfriend. But then they started having differences. So, in 1997 the couple broke up for a few months and then got back together.

Then, about 4 months after my 25th birthday (ha, I know what you’re thinking) it was over for good.” She joked.

“It was a choice I made. I don’t know how to explain it exactly, I just felt like I was ready for our relationship to be done. It was like I had outgrown that version of myself, the Hollywood high school girl. I wanted to figure out who I was and what I wanted.”

According to Kristen, women should have understood the Wolf of the Wall Street actor’s games and stopped dating him by now.

“I think we can and should do better. What kind of message is this sending to young people?”

“Back when I was a young model, we were told that our careers would be over at 21. I’m happy to see things are slowly changing for people in that industry now but in the ’90s, that wasn’t the case.”

“Looking back, at 21 or 25, I had no clue who I was or what I wanted. I ended up modeling and did some acting and a few commercials. But it wasn’t until about 30 that I found my true passion, dog nutrition of all things, and I started my own company when I was 33.”

Zang said that she met the love of her life at the age of 38, and two years later, she married him.

“So you youngins out there, listen up. Life gets so much better after 25. Yes, you get more wrinkles but also more confidence and love for yourself.” The former model continued.

“As far as Leo and his latest breakup, who knows what happened? Maybe she really cared for him but was just ready for the next chapter, perhaps it’s temporary, or maybe it’s none of our business, but can we stop with the ageist headlines and comments? But let’s keep the funny memes coming; they’re stellar. Truly.”

“As for me, I’m 48 years old now, and I live in the countryside of Oregon with my hot husband, Shea, who’s a builder and also happens to be younger than me (joke’s on you, Leo ), my really cute rescue mutt, Harley Dee, and I own a locally-sourced dog food company. Turns out, I was barely scratching the surface of life at 25.” She concluded