Joshua Jackson and Lupita Nyong'o dating as 'friendship turns to love'

EXCLUSIVE Joshua Jackson is OFFICIALLY dating Lupita Nyong’o after his divorce from Jodie Turner-Smith: Actors’ friendship ‘turned into romance’ while they were supporting each other through respective break-ups

  • Joshua’s ex Jodie Turner-Smith, 37, filed for divorce back in September 
  • The 45-year-old shares three-year-old daughter, Juno, with the actress
  • Nyong’o, 40, announced her split from Selema Masekela on October 19

Joshua Jackson and Lupita Nyong’o are officially dating, sources exclusively confirmed to, after the newly-single stars were pictured running errands together in Los Angeles.

The former Dawson’s Creek star, 45, and the Black Panther actress, 40, first sparked speculation in October when they enjoyed a Janelle Monáe concert together, shortly after their respective splits from actress Jodie Turner Smith, 37, and presenter Selema Masekela were announced.

Now, insiders have revealed that bonding over their respective breakups saw their friendship blossom into a ‘romance.’

‘Things have slowly turned to romance between the two,’ the source began. ‘They have been amazing friends for a long time and Josh didn’t want to ruin that.

‘But as they’ve hung out more and more and dealt with their breakups, dealing with it together has added another level to their friendship. Now it is a physical relationship. They are a couple.’ 

Joshua Jackson, 45, and Lupita Nyong’o, 40, are officially dating, sources exclusively confirmed to

It comes after the newly-single stars were pictured running errands together in Los Angeles on Monday has reached out to representatives for Joshua and Lupita for comment. 

The confirmation comes a day after the new couple were seen shopping together at organic market, Erewhon, before driving off in a car with Lupita’s rescue cat YoYo in tow.

It marked their first public outing since October, which came just one day before Lupita confirmed her split from Selema, 52 – and one month after Joshua split from Jodie, with whom he shares daughter Juno, three. 

At the time of their outing, a source explained to that the pair were attempting to take things slow as they navigated their recent breakups.

They revealed: ‘Joshua has a type and Lupita definitely fits that to a tee. But they are just friends, it is still a little early for Joshua to start dating again. 

‘Could he be an item with Lupita down the road? Without question… They are both still going through it with their recent breakups and still are looking to heal.’

Indeed, sources told Joshua had been left ‘heartbroken’ over his split from Jodie who filed for divorce after nearly four years, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’.

The actor had not been ‘thrilled’ about the termination of his marriage – but it was made clear by insiders that there was no foul play involved and that their union had simply ‘run its course.’

The former Dawson’s Creek star’s split from actress Jodie Turner-Smith, 37, was announced in September when she filed for divorce

Meanwhile, Lupita announced her split from boyfriend Selema Masekela in October 

Meanwhile, Lupita was more vocal about her ‘season of heartbreak’ following the breakdown of her relationship with the TV host and sports commentator – whom she began dating in 2022.

The Oscar-winner waxed lyrical about a ‘break-up’ on Instagram, claiming it was a result of ‘deception’ by her unnamed loved one. 

She wrote: ‘There are much more important things going on in the world right now, and my thoughts are with those who are deeply suffering.

‘At this moment, it is necessary for me to share a personal truth and publicly dissociate myself from someone I can no longer trust…

‘I find myself in a season of heartbreak because of a love suddenly and devastatingly extinguished by deception.

‘I am tempted to run into the shadows and hide, only to return to the light when I have regained my strength enough for me to say, “Whatever, my life is better this way.”

‘But I am reminded that the magnitude of the pain I am feeling is equal to the measure of my capacity for love. And so, I am choosing to face the pain, cultivating the courage to meet my life exactly as it is, and trusting that this too shall pass.

‘The promise, they say, is that a tender heart is what gives birth to fearlessness. I hope it’s true… 

‘I share this to keep it, and hoping that the knowledge of my experience might be useful to someone else out there experiencing the grip of heartbreak who is poised to try and escape from the pain and miss out on the wisdom that comes from it. #Breakup Let’s face our pain so we don’t spread it.’

The actors looked relaxed as they shopped together at Erewhon, after they were first seen together at a concert together in October

The new couple were seen getting into Joshua’s car together before heading off

The pair were also accompanied by Lupita’s new rescue cat YoYo who was pictured in the back of the vehicle

The couple looked relaxed as they climbed into a car together after their outing 

Lupita was seen ducking down as she drove off with Joshua

Joshua and his ex Jodie first sparked split rumors in September 2022 when they unfollowed each other on social media – after previously sharing multiple loved-up posts. 

They then refollowed each other, with Joshua brushing off speculation as he gushed about his wife in a chat with E! News.

The couple started dating in 2018 – two years after the Dr. Death star split from actress Diane Kruger, who has a four-year-old daughter with The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus.

‘She is undeniably one of the most beautiful women on the planet,’ he said. ‘And she always smashes it when she’s on the red carpet. That is truly a wonder to behold.

‘But I will tell you, that there is nothing like waking up in the morning, opening my eyes and seeing her face in the morning.’

Joshua and Jodie went on to tie the knot in August 2019 and welcomed their daughter Juno in April 2020.

Last month, the former couple agreed to joint custody of the youngster.

The Fatal Attraction star responded in legal docs reviewed by The Blast to Jodie’s divorce filing, agreeing that they share ‘irreconcilable differences.’

Joshua was left ‘heartbroken’ by his split from wife Jodie – with whom he shares three-year-old daughter Juno Rose Diana (pictured in May 2022)

The former couple started dating in 2018 and tied the knot in August 2019 (pictured in March 2022)

Before meeting Jodie, Joshua was in a decade-long romance with Diane Kruger, which ended in 2016 (pictured together in 2015) 

Jodie had listed September 13, 2023, but Joshua claimed they split 17 days later on September 30. The difference is not expected to impact the progress of the ongoing divorce case.

Joshua said he was also in accord with Jodie, who has starred in films including After Yang, Without Remorse and Murder Mystery 2, on directly following the terms of the prenuptial agreement they made. 

However, the Vancouver-born actor, who has appeared in Cruel Intentions, Gossip and One Week, said that he differed with his ex on their stated separation date. 

Celebrity divorce lawyer Laura Wasser is representing Jodie. The actress has requested a private judge oversee their settlement, citing privacy concerns.

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