The young musician seen canoodling with Thandiwe Newton over the weekend has insisted her number one priority is the welfare of her three children.
The beleaguered actress, 49, was pictured sharing a kiss with rapper Elijah Dias in Malibu on Saturday during her first public appearance since separating from husband of 23-years Ol’ Parker.
Dias, who at 25 is just four years older than the actress’ eldest daughter, has broken his silence on the pair’s relationship, insisting Thandiwe is still focused on the upbringing of her children with the filmmaker – Ripley, 21, Nico, 17, and Booker, eight.
Speaking out: The young musician seen canoodling with Thandiwe Newton over the weekend has insisted her number one priority is the welfare of her three children
He told Page Six: ‘From the relatively short time I’ve been fortunate to spend with her, I know Thandiwe and Oliver care deeply about the welfare of their children. That’s all I care about right now.’
Thandiwe and the rapper’s professional paths crossed in 2021 when Dias collaborated with Amber Mark on the track Save My Love.
The song subsequently appeared in the trailer and on the soundtrack for the film Reminiscence, in which the actress starred alongside Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Ferguson.
Born in Los Angeles, Dias is a Grammy nominated rapper and musician who performs under the name Lonr – an acronym of Land of Nothing Real.
Who is Lonr?
Family: At 25, Lonr is only a mere four years older than Thandiwe and Ol’s eldest child, their 21-year-old daughter Ripley (pictured far right with her parents and sister Nico)
He entered the music industry with single A.M and he released his debut EP, also titled Land of Nothing Real, in 2020.
He is a credible songwriter and has received nominations for multiple Grammy Awards for contributing to H.E.R’s projects in 2019.
To date, the musician has 626,213 monthly listeners on Spotify.
He dropped out of college around 2016, to his admission, and while working a 9-5, he would take trips up to New York every week ‘to elevate himself and his music’
Self-taught, Dias learned how to produce and play instruments in his bedroom and has described himself as an ‘unpredictable, fun, silly but serious at the same time’ type of person.
Platform: Lonr often uses his social media to promote upcoming music
Fans: To date, Lonr has 626,213 monthly listeners on Spotify
The musician has previously voiced a burning desire to ‘take over the world,’ and names Kurt Cobain and Kanye West amongst his influences.
Of his biggest hope for the future, the singer told Wonderland: ‘That I reach heights that even surpass MY dreams and expectations. I’m looking forward to the moment where I can say, ‘I never knew I would be here to see this’.
Newton, who has been urged to enter rehab, was missing her wedding ring as she strolled hand in hand with the young rapper over the weekend.
Estranged: Thandiwe and Ol tied the knot in 1998 (pictured in 2018)
It has been reported that Thandiwe has been suffering with emotional and family problems after separating from her husband Ol, 52.
Ol is a British filmmaker who previously wrote and directed the 2018 musical film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
A source said: ‘Thandiwe had been acting strange on set, she has been very highly strung. Her apparent breakdown caused so much disruption, it became clear she couldn’t play the role.
‘There is a lot going on in her personal life, she and her husband have separated. She seemed so stressed she even brought her two pet rabbits to her hotel for emotional support.’
Split: The award-winning actress has joined her estranged husband in removing her wedding ring, as the director was spotted without his earlier this week as he left his London home
Thandiwe has reportedly been urged to seek mental health support following the break-up of her marriage – and an alleged bust-up with Magic Mike co-star Channing Tatum over Will Smith ‘s Oscars slap – which she has denied.
The star has previously told how she has suffered ‘a number of breakdowns’ in her troubled past, as well as discussing her heartbreaking experiences of sexual abuse, racism and bulimia during her time in the industry.
When she was 16 she was groomed by director John Duigan, who was 39 years old at the time.
The violations by Duigan lasted five years, two of those years were termed a ‘relationship’ after he sought Newton’s parents’ blessing for her to be his girlfriend when she was 18, while asking her to hide their previous intimacy which began when she was just 16.
Past: The actress has previously told how she has suffered ‘a number of breakdowns’ as well as discussing her heartbreaking experiences of sexual abuse when she was in her teens (pictured 1991 aged 16)
The Bafta-winning actress has said the relationship left her feeling ‘self-destructive’ and said she has only spoken about it ‘so teenagers can see they can resist and gain self-awareness’.
Speaking to InStyle magazine, Thandiwe claimed Duigan took advantage of her when she was vulnerable.
She said: ‘I was a very shy, very sweet girl. I wasn’t in control of the situation. Would I have liked things to be different? Sure.
‘But I can now value myself more for the way I got through it. I don’t see myself as a victim.’
Film: When she was 16 she was groomed by director John Duigan, who was 39 years old at the time as they filmed 1991’s Flirting (Duigan pictured 2004)
‘I was a very shy, very sweet girl. I wasn’t in control of the situation. Would I have liked things to be different? Sure,’ she said to InStyle in a 2011 interview.
‘But I can now value myself more for the way I got through it. I don’t see myself as a victim. In retrospect, although it was legal because I was 16, I was coerced.’
During the first Covid lockdown, she added: ‘I had a very complicated relationship with sex. It was like I had to give something back for being noticed. Predators and sexual abusers can smell it a mile off.
‘I had a very tough time being a teenager in the film business. It’s not a place for young people unless you have your mum standing by you the whole time and that isn’t possible.’