Alright look, pretty much every year is Gossip Hall of Fame-worthy for DiCaps. But 2015 was one of the best, and really, one of the most well-rounded in terms of flavors of content. The gossip streets hit all the usual Leo-slays-models notes—he macked on Kelly Rohrbach while sitting on a Citibike and then later on a daybed in the Hamptons while sipping rose, he stole a girl from Bieber, he freaking HOOKED UP WITH RIHANNA—but it went so much further than that. Gossip magazines and sites had a field day thanks to the scruffy, near-portly appearance Leo had to don for his role in The Revenant. The National Enquirer hilariously reported that Leo’s frontier beard had fleas! Then OK! said Rihanna thought he was too fat for her! And then a website said he got RAPED BY A BEAR! TWICE!
Most celebrities find their love lives exploited by the celebrity gossip news cycle, but Leo Gossip is so much more nuanced; it has so many more layers, and in 2015 became so multi-faceted that the reports fully constructed a Leonardo DiCaprio wholly separate from the real Leonardo DiCaprio. I think I like real-life Leo—he’s a pretty good actor, etc.—but I’m pretty sure I like fake-gossip Leo even more. He’s so fucking interesting.
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