Ella Purnell reflects on Brad Pitt’s ‘crazy’ dating rumours: ‘I felt like I couldn’t leave the house’

Army of the Dead Star Ella Purnell has been reflecting on the 2017 rumors that she was dating Brad Pitt.

In 2017, false tabloid reports surfaced that 21-year-old Purnell was dating Inglourious Basterds Actor who was 53 years old.

Pitt was separated from Angelina Jolie at the time after Jolie filed for divorce in September 2016, effectively ending their 12-year relationship and two years of marriage.

In a new interview with The IndependentPurnell spoke about the impact the rumors and subsequent backlash had on her.

That Yellow jackets Star called the experience “insane” and “insane.”

Purnell explained that she had just landed her lead role sweet bitter, a TV adaptation of Stephanie Danler’s 2016 bestseller of the same name, When It Happened. Pitt served as executive producer on the show.

“It was my first job in America, which was really scary and it was my first time going to New York,” she said, adding that she was living alone at the time.

Purnell went on to detail how she came across one of the tabloid articles reporting that she and Pitt were allegedly dating. She said she initially found it “hilarious” as she had never met the actor.

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“I thought, ‘This is so funny.’ I sent it to a couple of my friends [as a joke]’ she recalled. “And then I went to bed and woke up the next day and it was fucking everywhere. I’ve had family members text me to congratulate me.”

Purnell – who also starred in Tim Burton’s 2016 film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – continued: “I was scared. I was really upset. I felt like I couldn’t leave the house and I was embarrassed.”

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“I read all the comments that said, ‘She’s a little bitch. She’s a gold digger. She wants to be famous. She’s a home wrecker.’ Not one person said, ‘Shame on Brad he practically dated a kid,'” she recalled.

The 25-year-old added that she is also “disturbed” by the situation because “this would never have happened if I were a man”.

“Essentially, the tabloids were implying that’s all I got [Sweetbitter] Job because I slept with the producer. That would never happen to the 21-year-old male lead of a show.”

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Reflecting on the experience now, Purnell said she wishes she’d “pinched.” [the rumour] to nip in the bud to quickly say: A) I’ve never met him. B) Use my platform to take a political position.”

She added: “Instead I did nothing and let it ride out on its own and then little by little LadBible when I tweeted about it three to four days later, I was like, ‘Ok, I really have to say something.’ That sucked. That was crazy.”

In 2014 maliciousPurnell had played the younger version of Jolie’s title character.

Elsewhere in the interview, Purnell addressed the backlash she received for her role in Zack Snyder’s Netflix film Army of the Dead.

You can read the full interview here.

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