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Kevin Costner | Source: Getty Images
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Kevin Costner Breaks Silence on Dating Rumors with Grammy-Nominated Singer

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Jun 20, 2024
03:15 A.M.

Amid swirling romance rumors following his recent divorce, Kevin Costner has shed light on his relationship with Jewel. Despite his candid revelation in a recent interview, many netizens remain unconvinced.

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Actor Kevin Costner clarified rumors about his relationship with Grammy-nominated singer Jewel, stating it is strictly platonic. In a "The Howard Stern Show" interview on June 18, 2024, Kevin said he was not in love and firmly denied any romantic involvement with her.

Kevin Costner denies any romantic relationship with singer Jewel in "The Howard Stern Show" on June 18, 2024. | Source: YouTube/howardstern

Kevin Costner denies any romantic relationship with singer Jewel in "The Howard Stern Show" on June 18, 2024. | Source: YouTube/howardstern

"No, Jewel and I are friends. We've never gone out ever. She's special, and I don't want, I don't want these rumors to ruin our friendship because that's what we have. She's special to me. She's beautiful enough to go out with," Kevin said.

Kevin Costner explains with hand gestures as he shares his side of the story following dating rumors with Jewel on "The Howard Stern Show" on June 18, 2024. | Source: YouTube/howardstern

Kevin Costner explains with hand gestures as he shares his side of the story following dating rumors with Jewel on "The Howard Stern Show" on June 18, 2024. | Source: YouTube/howardstern

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Netizens who saw Howard's interview quickly reacted with a mix of excitement, skepticism, and support. One fan commented, "Oh please you know it's happening [sic]."

Kevin Costner speaks during the Cannes Lions Festival 2018 in France on June 21, 2018. | Source: Getty Images

Kevin Costner speaks during the Cannes Lions Festival 2018 in France on June 21, 2018. | Source: Getty Images

Another chimed in, "They'd be cute together," while a more convinced viewer remarked, "Oh he's dating her [sic]." Despite Kevin denying any romantic involvement with Jewel, one netizen supported their relationship, simply stating, "I ship it [sic]."

Kevin Costner attends the launch of Paramount+ at Outernet London on June 20, 2022. | Source: Getty Images

Kevin Costner attends the launch of Paramount+ at Outernet London on June 20, 2022. | Source: Getty Images

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Others took a more pragmatic stance, with one user noting, "Even if he is dating her what's the big deal. It's their business [sic]." The dating rumors began after photos surfaced of Kevin and Jewel together on Richard Branson's Necker Island in December 2023.

They participated in a tennis fundraiser for the Inspiring Children Foundation, which Jewel founded. TMZ reported that their interactions appeared "flirty" and suggested that they were more than friends.

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Jewel sharing her trip to the British Virgin Islands on Instagram in November 2023. | Source: Instagram/jewel

Jewel sharing her trip to the British Virgin Islands on Instagram in November 2023. | Source: Instagram/jewel

Jewel also shared a video on her Instagram about their trip and even tagged Kevin in her caption. A source told TMZ, "You could tell they were trying to be discreet, but anybody who saw them could tell something was going on."

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The speculation intensified after Kevin’s divorce from Christine Baumgartner, his wife of 18 years, was finalized in February 2024. They separated shortly after filing for divorce in May last year.

Christine Baumgartner and Kevin Costner are seen at Los Angeles International Airport on February 17, 2011. | Source: Getty Images

Christine Baumgartner and Kevin Costner are seen at Los Angeles International Airport on February 17, 2011. | Source: Getty Images

Continuing his interview with Howard, Kevin provided additional context about his Necker Island trip, explaining that they were part of a group visiting the place. He mentioned his friend Richard had been inviting him to the island for years, and he finally accepted the invitation.

Richard Branson and Kevin Costner at a Pro-Celebrity golf party in Monte Carlo, Monaco on September 11, 1999. | Source: Getty Images

Richard Branson and Kevin Costner at a Pro-Celebrity golf party in Monte Carlo, Monaco on September 11, 1999. | Source: Getty Images

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"We were down at Branson's Island. She has a foundation, which I didn't know, and she was part of the foundation," he said. Kevin also recalled being among the nine guests on the island, which included "Harry Potter" actress Emma Watson, emphasizing that the rumors of him and Jewel traveling together privately were untrue.

Kevin Costner maintains a serious demeanor as he shares his side of the story about the dating rumors with Jewel on "The Howard Stern Show" on June 18, 2024. | Source: YouTube/howardstern

Kevin Costner maintains a serious demeanor as he shares his side of the story about the dating rumors with Jewel on "The Howard Stern Show" on June 18, 2024. | Source: YouTube/howardstern

Clarifying further, Kevin expressed frustration over the persistent rumors. "I don't want the press to ruin this for us, because … I've had conversations with her, text-wise, and she's so smart, and she's been through a lot herself, and so we have a friendship. We don't have a romance, and we've not dated," he explained.

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He described Jewel as "beautiful" and "smart," adding, "She's everything you might think, but it just hasn't happened." Kevin's statement comes after Jewel addressed their relationship status last April.

Jewel opened up about the actor, pouring praises on him. "He’s a great person," she said about him, blushing. She then went on to note the fascination that the public has with him. "The public fascination is intense for sure."

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The artist also shared her thoughts on relationships in May. While some sources viewed her and Kevin as an item, Jewel insists her happiness is not tied to any man. "I found love, and I'm not talking about Kevin's. I'm so happy, irrelevant of a man. It has nothing to do with being in a relationship or not being in one," she said.

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She shared the love she had discovered within herself, which she had sought her entire life. "I'm good," she said. Jewel had separated from her husband, rodeo star Ty Murray, in 2014. They share a son named Kase Townes Murray. She admitted that her divorce was a tough choice.

Ty Murray and Jewel at the Forum Shops in October 2004, Las Vegas, Nevada | Source: Getty Images

Ty Murray and Jewel at the Forum Shops in October 2004, Las Vegas, Nevada | Source: Getty Images

Jewel explained that letting go of the dream of marriage was difficult due to the grief that came with divorce. However, she decided to move on for her own well-being. "I'm a lot more present now. I'm a present mom, which I worked hard on," she added.

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