In a recent interaction with the media, Hollywood veteran Kevin Costner remained evasive when questioned about his ex-wife Christine Baumgartner's new relationship with their former neighbor, Josh Connor. The encounter, captured by a photographer last Thursday, January 25, saw Costner, 69, skillfully dodge inquiries about Baumgartner, 49, and her burgeoning romance with Connor.
As reported by Entertainment Tonight, the actor's response was succinct: “I don’t have a next-door neighbor”. Despite further prodding, Costner chose not to elaborate. This development follows reports earlier this month of Baumgartner's newfound connection with Connor post-divorce from Costner.
Sources close to the situation suggest that while Costner harbored suspicions about the pair's closeness, it wasn't until recently that Baumgartner and Connor's relationship turned romantic. An insider revealed to Us Weekly that Baumgartner remains unfazed by Costner's conjectures, especially given his recent romantic link to singer Jewel since December 2023.
"Josh has been Christine’s rock throughout the divorce ordeal," the source added, indicating that any issues Costner may have with the situation are solely his own.
Divorce Drama Unfolds
Baumgartner and Costner, who share three children, underwent a protracted legal battle following their split in May 2023, citing irreconcilable differences.
The divorce, finalized in September 2023, involved disputes over assets and child support. Costner, father to four other children from previous relationships, raised questions about Baumgartner's fidelity during their marriage, although these claims remained unproven in court.
Amidst these tumultuous developments, Baumgartner and Connor were sighted in Hawaii, though Baumgartner initially dismissed any romantic implications. She also acknowledged a financial transaction with Connor, as reported by TMZ, clarifying the purpose and repayment of the funds.
Conversely, Costner's emerging relationship with Jewel, 49, has been a subject of quiet speculation. A second source informed Us that the pair have cultivated a discreet but growing connection, stemming from a mutual appreciation of music.
Spotted recently in Necker Island, British Virgin Islands, Costner and Jewel seem to be exploring their relationship without any overt pressure. According to an insider, "Their mutual friends are surprised it took them this long to realize the potential of their connection."