When it comes to matters of the heart, the phrase “Opposites attracts” isn’t exactly applicable.
It came as a shocker to everyone when it was revealed that the rumour about Norman Reedus and Diane Kruger being in a relationship was correct. After a year of people speculating the pair were dating, it proved to be true, and now they are actually expecting a baby together.
A close source told E! News earlier this summer that “They complement each other very well. Norman is very free-wheeling and relaxed, and fun. Diane is much more analytical and thoughtful. They’re perfect for each other and are really happy. Norman is genuinely a really good person, and he works really hard.”
This love story is an interesting one, but how did it all start?
I bet you already know that the love for Norman Reedus is not just a thing for the ladies, but men alike have a strong liking for the scruffy motorcycle-riding Floridian gentleman.
Reedus has been in the movie industry for the best part of the last thirty years, but he wasn’t quite a famous character until he played the role of Daryl Dixon in the Walking Dead in 2010. The actor not only became a favourite for movie lovers but also became a famous sex figure.
Diane, on the other hand, wasn’t paying any attention to all of what Reedus had become to the rest of the world, she was focused on enjoying her life of glamour and style as she modelled for big names in the fashion world like Chanel Beauty, Yves Saint Laurent, and Dior. She also took her time to build an eye-catching acting resume for herself.
From featuring in European cinema and TV, to bring characters to life in Hollywood films like Troy, National Treasure, and even Quintin Tarantino’s movie titled Inglorious Basterds, Diane worked hard. Hard enough till she earned the title of best actress at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017 for the role she played in the German movie “In the fade” as a revenge-driven widow who lost her loved ones in a terrorist attack. The film won the golden globe award this year as the best foreign language motion picture.
People who didn’t know Kruger for her excellent acting career no doubt knew her for her love life with Joshua Jackson which has since ended.
Joshua and Kruger dated for many years, but they couldn’t stay settled in one location as they had to split their time living in New York, Vancouver, Hollywood, and Paris.
Diane shared in 2016 during an interview with Net-a-Porter’s The Edit that “Deciding to take it in turns was a major commitment, That was a big step for me, allowing that time for someone else out of my time.”
However, the actress stated in a 2015 interview that no matter where there went “It’s part of the deal. I come with Paris; there’s no negotiating that.”
The longevity of their relationship made it difficult for the rest of the world to believe that Diane could be in love with someone else let alone the dude from the walking dead.
Diane met Jackson in 2006, and according to her, their first date was a typical comedy of errors.
For starters in 2013, the model told Conan O’Brien that she didn’t really agree to go on a real date. “I agreed to have drinks with him,” Diane explained. “I actually had plans with someone else for dinner that night, so I know I didn’t say yes to dinner.”
However, as she was getting set to bid the gentleman goodnight by 9 pm, Joshua mention that they had a dinner reservation “And I felt terrible because he looked very eager,” she recalled, “and he put on a clean shirt. And so I was like, ‘OK, fine. Let’s go.'”
The actress said she had an allergic reaction to the flowers at the weirdly romantic restaurant they were at and at the end of the night he drove her back to the hotel in his “piece of s–t” car. When Jackson leaned in to kiss Kruger goodnight, she recalled, “I swear to God, at the end I was like, ‘Should I slap him?'”
Jackson, on the other hand, was head over heels in love as he sent her some flowers and a box of tissues to help with any sudden flu the next day. He was surprised she even called back after what he described in an interview with US weekly as a miserable outing.
Luckily for Jackson, Kruger was recently single when they met. The model was married to the French actor Guillaume Canet for half a decade after dating for two years, and she wasn’t planning on having a repeat of that. Besides, the actress had an alcoholic for a dad, and her mum had to pack her sibling and her and left their dad when Diana was only 13.
In 2011 Kruger told People Magazine that “Without sounding pessimistic, I learned that I don’t believe in marriage. I believe in a commitment that you make in your heart. No paper will make you stay. A guy friend of mine said, and it made a lot of sense, that people should get married at the end of the road, not the beginning.”
At that time, she and Jackson cool with being together without tying the knot just yet.
Joshua said in 2012 during an interview with UK Weekly that “Marriage is important for the people it’s important for, but neither one of us is particularly religious, so I don’t think there’s any particular push. But never say never! I don’t know.”
He added in a talk with Glamour in 2014 stating “I can tell you why we’re not married: We’re not religious. I don’t feel any more or less committed to Diane for not having stood in front of a priest and had a giant party. We’re both children of divorce, so it’s hard for me to take marriage at face value as the thing that shows you’ve grown up and are committed to another person. But it may change at some point. We may get married.”
Kruger on the other hand never changed her mind about what she had earlier said about bring uninterested in marriage, but she and Joshua had talked about making babies.
The actress said in 2013 “I keep dreaming about a baby, but I don’t feel any pressure. I never thought about having children in the past, then Josh and I started thinking about a family six months after we became involved.”
And France was that one place that seemed perfect for raising kids “I see myself raising my children in Europe, probably in Paris,” Kruger chirped to You Magazine in a 2010 talk. “Josh loves Paris and he is cool with that, but we will see what happens when we get there—or if we get there.”
“I consider myself half French,” she later told Instyle in 2014. “That’s where I think I want to raise my children, where I see myself growing old.”
“I feel very European, and I think that I’m going to grow old in Paris,” Kruger also mentioned to the publication in 2016. “I have this fantasy of raising my kids there one day. I just can’t imagine living my life sipping cocktails at the Chateau Marmont, you know?”
In 2016 July’s issue of Town&Country, Kruger talked about Joshua in the present tense “Meeting someone like my partner, who has a very different perspective, who likes to travel in a different way and be open to various experience was so important. I was 30 years old [when they met], and I was already bored of fancy hotels.”
Everyone, however, interpreted Kruger’s comment to be referring to she and Jackson moving in together when she said in an interview that “I just moved to an apartment in New York this week. I need to unpack and buy house stuff, like candles and books.”
The interview was posted in March of 2016, and the actress showed up for the open of Jackson’s play titled smart people. That same month, the actress posted a quote on Instagram that read
“Men aren’t stupid, and you don’t need a complicated set of rules to find a good one who loves you. Here’s the only rule you need: If a man loves you, he will do anything he can to keep you around. Anything.” Kruger captioned the post, “I hate inspirational quotes, and yet they can be like cheap wine… hard to resist every once in a while. So I’m sorry…suck it.”
The duo was cool till July that year when they released a joint statement that they were amicably splitting up but remaining friends.
The several outings the pair were seen having after their split proved that they were friends indeed even though love didn’t work out.
In 2015, Kruger, Reedus, and Jackson starred In an indie drama called Sky. While the movie was being produced, there were rumours that Reedus and Kruger were having a fling.
Kruger who played the role of a French lady who was on vacation in America with her husband but took off after they had a terrible fight and found love with a California ranger whose character Reedus played.
Diane told WWD about the character she played that “I’m sort of a mirror of what is going on with her life, and what she wants to talk about. This movie happened at a time in my life where I felt like I was really ready to do that. There were so many intimate scenes to shoot, so many difficult scenes to shoot that I’m not sure I would have been capable of five years ago.”
The actress added that “I think as we get older. People tend to take fewer risks. There’s so much to lose, and it’s so hard to move on from a situation that is not good for you anymore. I’m certainly guilty of that.”
When Kruger signed up to do the movie, she was already close to some of the actors but she didn’t get to meet Reedus “It was a little nerve-wracking for me because I had a lot of intimate scenes with him and the schedule didn’t allow us to meet beforehand,” the actress recalled to WWD. “Our first day was literally that big love scene in Las Vegas… You never know what you’re going to get. I was very pleasantly surprised.”
People were so focused on the rumour of Reedus and Diane dating that they didn’t bother to find out if she and Jackson had broken up long before the whole thing began.
However, Kruger said last December in an interview with Vulture “This was a long time coming. Also, we broke up many months before we said we were broken up, so by the time I made that decision, it didn’t feel like it was so urgent anymore. You don’t break up overnight after ten years; you know what I mean?”
When the actress discussed her character in the movie Sky with ET online in 2015 when the film premiered in the Toronto movie festival, it was straightforward to compare what happened when she and Jackson first met with her role in the movie. “After leaving her husband, the furthest thing from her mind is to be in another love story. But that’s how life works. You find love when you least expect it, and with the person, you least expect to fall in love with.”
Fast Forward to the present, Jackson and Diane have sparked up a lot of reconciliation rumours because of how close they have remained since they broke up.
Joshua celebrated his ex with an Instagram post after she was honoured at Cannes in 2017. He wrote “Yes she Cannes. Having witnessed the integrity and dedication that you bring to every job, I’m over the moon to see you getting the recognition you deserve.”
While fans were almost celebrating a suspected come back of the duo, Diane’s best actress award also earned her the first Instagram official appearance on Reedus’ account as he posted a photo of his lady with the caption “YESSSS” with plenty of hearts.
“There are certain things I won’t accept any more,” the actress also told Boston Common a year ago. “I think when you’re in a long-term relationship, you start making excuses, and you’re making a lot of compromises—which obviously you need to make to make things work—but I think there are certain things that I’ve learned I don’t want to accept any more.” The above statement made it clear that she had her mind made up on avoiding a repeat of the mistakes she made in the past.
With the Loss of Diane’s stepfather in 2016, she has made sure to put everyone she has left first in her life. According to the actress “the older I get, it’s about focusing on the people that I have left: my mom, my brother, my grandfather and my boyfriend. I just want to be present in my life and not try to project so much into the future.”
At the Moment, Reedus and Kruger are expecting their first child together are they are super excited about it. Though we have no information about what their present plans are for marriage, we are certain that this child is definitely going to strengthen their bond.
Since the pregnancy, Reedus has been overly relaxed and happy on set and has remained very private about his love affair with the about-to-be mother of his child.