Ashley Judd and Gerald Butler’s cozy camaraderie on the red carpet this Monday had tongues wagging. As the The Olympus Has Fallen co-stars cuddled up to each other in front of the cameras, Gerard Butler and Ashley Judd’s flirting spawned speculation that the couple could be more than just friends. With Butler bestowing his attention on Judd, audiences began to wonder: Where was Gerard’s girlfriend, Madalina Ghenea?
According to onlookers, Ashley Judd and Gerard Butler’s flirtatious chemistry at the Olympus Has Fallen afterparty was obvious. Judd, who turned heads in a body-hugging Hérve Léger dress, “smiled the whole time while talking to Gerard,” a source tells US Weekly. Newly single following the end of her ten-year marriage to Dario Franchitti, Judd set her single-girl sights on the 43-year-old Scottish actor. And Butler, it is reported, returned her aesthetic appreciation.
Rumors of Ashley Judd and Gerard Butler’s newfound relationship, however, seem suspect in light of the Gladiator star’s public praise of girlfriend Madalina Ghenea last week. Opening up to Extra, Gerard Butler professed that he felt “very lucky” to have met the 25-year-old Romanian model. Butler, who recently brought Madalina Ghenea to the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, has been dating the model since his first encounter with her in New York. On how they met, Butler tells Extra, “I met her here in New York, and we hung out all night, didn’t even kiss, tried on my hat collection. I said ‘I’m coming to visit you in Milan,’ and three days later, I was at her door in Milan. She was like, ‘whoa!’”
Since then, Butler has been busy globe-trooting with Madalina Ghenea. Last October, for instance, the A-list actor was spotted lunching with his Romanian girlfriend on the French Riviera, where the two engaged in very public displays of affection. Ghenea, who has mostly worked abroad, is, however, no stranger to Hollywood hunks. In 2011, she was briefly linked to Leonardo DiCaprio following his Blake Lively breakup. So why didn’t the well-traveled Ghenea accompany Butler on the red carpet? We’re not sure. Between flirting with Judd and entertaining his parents (who were in town for the Olympus Has Fallen premiere), perhaps Butler simply had enough on his plate?