Old Hollywood meets new Hollywood? Bella Hadid’s new romance connects the model to one of the most famous families in Tinseltown.
Bella, insiders say, has been “quietly romancing” Duke Nicholson, the actor grandson of Hollywood icon Jack Nicholson. People in the model’s camp have tried to downplay it all, claiming “Bella and Duke are not dating”. In fact, they insist, the pair only “met once through mutual friends” and “have not been in touch since”.
But a source told celeb news outlet Page Six a very different story.
According to the source, Bella, who split from with on-off boyfriend The Weeknd in August, is very much with Duke. The insider traced the alleged affair back to September, when Duke (21) and Bella (24), enjoyed a trip to New York before she joined her friends on an island getaway to celebrate her birthday.
"Our spy said that prior to the trip, Hadid was celebrating with her new beau, which did not make it onto social media," the insider says.
So, who is Duke Nicholson?
Like his grandpa, Duke is an actor. He has appeared in Jordan Peele’s 2019 film Us and will next be seen in a movie called Dreamland, currently in post-production. He was also recruited by singer Lana Del Rey to appear with her on the cover of her album Norman F***ing Rockwell.
Duke’s mom is Jennifer Nicholson (56), a fashion designer who runs a boutique in California, while his father is retired pro surfer Mark Norfleet (54). Duke is apparently named after the legendary Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku.
The Hawaiian connection goes even further, as his parents met at Punahou School in Hawaii, which they attended as kids alongside former US president Barack Obama.
Duke’s grandmother is Sandra Knight, an actress who starred with Jack in the 1963 chiller The Terror and was married to him from 1962 to 1968.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Duke said he didn't initially know acting was in his future. "It wasn't a big moment, like, 'I want to be an actor'. It was just a gradual thing."
He also shared that he and his famous grandpa mostly talk about sports, not film roles. On the subject of the health of his 83-year-old grandfather – whose public appearances have grown scarce – Duke insists, "He's doing great. He's 100 percent."
Sources: hollywoodreporter.com, pagesix.com, eonline.com, teenvogue.com