Harry Potter actress Emma Watson has been pictured for the first time with her secret boyfriend as the two stepped out hand in hand.
In photos obtained by The Daily Mail, Watson can be seen holding hands with Glee star Chord Overstreet.
Appearing to be ready to confirm rumours of a relationship, the couple were pictured looking besotted on Thursday (March 8) as they enjoyed a walk together in Los Angeles.
PICTURE EXCLUSIVE Emma Watson holds hands with Glee's Chord Overstreet as pair go public with their romance https://t.co/pk0L1mbhNd
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The 27-year-old actress was also seen leaving the Vanity Fair Oscars party late on Sunday night with 29-year-old Chord and a group of friends.
The pair were first photographed together at a concert last month immediately trigger rumours of a romance.
Watson split from her ex-boyfriend William ‘Mack’ Knight, a tech company manager, last year after almost two years of dating.
The pair decided to go their separate ways earlier this year and were last seen together on May 25 on a romantic dinner date in New York, a source told US Weekly.
When asking the actress’ representative for a comment, the American magazine was told:
I’m afraid I don’t comment on my client’s personal life.
Watson, who is notoriously private about her love life, was first spotted with 37-year-old businessman Knight in October 2015 while attending the Broadway musical Hamilton.
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In an interview with Vanity Fair last year while promoting Beauty and the Beast, Watson revealed why she likes to keep her private life, well, private.
I want to be consistent: I can’t talk about my boyfriend in an interview and then expect people not to take paparazzi pictures of me walking around outside my home. You can’t have it both ways.
I’ve noticed, in Hollywood, who you’re dating gets tied up into your film promotion and becomes part of the performance and the circus. I would hate anyone that I were with to feel like they were in any way part of a show or an act.
You really can’t blame her – privacy is a right that is hard to come by when you are a celebrity.
In the same interview, Watson revealed she no longer takes photos with fans so people don’t find out where she is or what she is wearing.
For me, it’s the difference between being able to have a life and not. If someone takes a photograph of me and posts it, within two seconds they’ve created a marker of exactly where I am within 10 metres.
They can see what I’m wearing and who I’m with. I just can’t give that tracking data.
I have to carefully pick and choose my moment to interact. When am I a celebrity sighting versus when am I going to make someone’s freakin’ week? Children I don’t say no to, for example.
Fair play to her.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.