The shady side of Henry Cavill’s dating life
Just because Henry Cavill makes a dashing Clark Kent doesn’t mean he’s always Superman outside of Hollywood. In fact, he can have a downright Lex Luthor-like side to him at times when it comes to his love life. Let’s take a look at the darker side of the Man of Steel’s relationship history.
Superman shouldn’t brag
When ShortList asked Cavill whether he wears swimming shorts or “budgie smugglers” (Speedos, for the uncultured), he replied, “Definitely, definitely swimming shorts. More like a parrot smugglers. A Macaw or something. Perhaps a large bird of prey. Bald eagle. There you go.” Remember the old adage about protesting too much? That applies to Cavill’s comments. At least Batman’s actors are a bit more subtle with the innuendos.
He likes younger women a little too much
In 2016, Cavill’s girlfriend, Tara King, was 13 years younger than him—and she couldn’t even drink legally stateside! When asked about his barely legal love, he explained to Elle, “People say age is just a number. It’s actually real and true sign of someone’s maturity. But in this case, she’s fantastic. When I met my girlfriend, I was super intimidated. I wanted to impress her.”
He was even nervous about the whole ordeal, saying “I was thinking, ‘Don’t mess this up, man.'” Oh, calm down, Kal-El. You’re a movie star. She’s a college student. The only risk of immaturity may be Cavill’s own: you know those weird 20-somethings who hang out in high school parking lots? Think along those lines, but even older.
His last girlfriend was pretty sketchy
Cavill’s last girlfriend before King, Marisa Gonzalo, didn’t seem like a match for the actor at all. Why? Cavill is a self-proclaimed and well-documented animal lover, and Gonzalo, well, likes to post pictures of herself posing with animals she killed hunting. Celebrity Dirty Laundry reports that Gonzalo frequently leaked photos of her excursions with Cavill, and that the pair met at a Michigan gym while he was filming in the area. Once Cavill got wind of Gonzalo spilling on their affair to press, he called it quits on the relationship.
He can’t decide what he wants
While Cavill’s tastes lean towards younger ladies now, he admits that he dated a 32-year-old woman when he was 19—and he still isn’t quite sure what to do with his heart (or, uh, his bald eagle). He told Playboy, “It’s tough for anyone to be in a relationship with someone like me. It’s a tough lifestyle. If I want someone who’s a professional, they’ve got their own s*** going on.
So unless I meet someone who’s very, very young who hasn’t yet started trying a career like that, you can then go, ‘Okay, I’m going to travel with you and do some stuff, maybe I’ll write or whatever; I’ll entertain myself or build my own kind of travelling career.’ I’m looking for someone who’s my own age and will have a career. If they haven’t, then maybe I should be worried. It’s easier said than done.” We hope he finally finds her.
He won’t stop talking about sex
In an interview with Jimmy Fallon in August 2015, Cavill was asked about his workout regimen. Cavill responded, “For cardio… run? That’s the savory answer.” We all know what he actually meant, especially when he looked around suspiciously and said, “It burns a lot of calories.” That same month, he told The Guardian that playing Superman is “like shagging someone for the first time. Sometimes it turns out to be amazing. Mostly you’re trying to get each other’s rhythm going. It’s on the next go that you start to expand.” Cool it, Kent. Jimmy Olsen might be listening!