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Justin Long Names Kate Bosworth First-Time Girlfriend, Wants to ‘Protect’ Romance

Justin Long named Kate Bosworth as his girlfriend for the first time during an appearance on this week’s episode of the Chelsea Handler podcast. Dear Chelsea.

During the episode, the 47-year-old host congratulated the 43-year-old actor on being ‘newly in love’.

‘Yes, and she loves you. She’s a huge fan of yours, personally,” Justin told Chelsea and co-host Catherine Law.

Making it official: Justin Long named Kate Bosworth as his girlfriend for the first time during an appearance on this week's episode of Chelsea Handler's Dear Chelsea podcast;  the couple pictured here in May 2022

Making it official: Justin Long named Kate Bosworth as his girlfriend for the first time during an appearance on this week’s episode of Chelsea Handler’s Dear Chelsea podcast; the couple pictured here in May 2022

‘I really like her too. Can I say her name? That’s ok?’ the comedian asked.

“Yes,” the New Girl student answered.

“Kate Bosworth is who you’re dating,” Chelsea said.

Cloud Nine: During the episode, the 47-year-old host congratulated the 43-year-old actor on being 'newly in love'

Cloud Nine: During the episode, the 47-year-old host congratulated the 43-year-old actor on being ‘newly in love’

“Yes,” Justin replied.

The Dodgeball star went on to say that being in love was “such a wonderful feeling.”

The Connecticut native told the My Horizontal Life author that he appreciated how open she was about her “happiness and joy” from her romance with new boyfriend Jo Koy.

'I've never had anything like this before;  I had never experienced this,' admitted the Live Free or Die Hard actor.

‘I’ve never had anything like this before; I had never experienced this,’ admitted the Live Free or Die Hard actor.

“But there’s something about it, to me, that I feel like I need to protect and keep sacred because it feels sacred,” Justin explained.

“It’s the best,” he added.

‘I’ve never had anything like this before; I had never experienced this,’ admitted the Live Free or Die Hard actor.

‘So it’s something I want to protect and preserve, you know?’

PDA: Last week, Kate, 39, and Justin were seen holding hands as they strolled through Manhattan;  Justin seen in 2019

PDA: Last week, Kate, 39, and Justin were seen holding hands as they strolled through Manhattan; Justin seen in 2019

Romantic: In April, the loving couple were seen packing up the PDA during a tropical getaway to Hawaii;  Kate seen in May 2022

Romantic: In April, the loving couple were seen packing up the PDA during a tropical getaway to Hawaii; Kate seen in May 2022

Last week, Kate, 39, and Justin were seen holding hands as they strolled through Manhattan.

In April, the loving couple were seen packing up the PDA during a tropical getaway to Hawaii.

In early April, the co-stars confirmed their blossoming new relationship while holding hands after a romantic dinner at Giorgio Baldi in Los Angeles.

After months of romance rumours, the couple were all smiles as they left the exclusive Italian restaurant together after their meal.

On a recent episode of The Viall Files, Long gushed with host Nick Viall about his love life after finally finding himself ready to meet his soulmate.

At last: On a recent episode of The Viall Files, Long gushed with host Nick Viall about his love life after finally finding himself ready to meet his soul mate

At last: On a recent episode of The Viall Files, Long gushed with host Nick Viall about his love life after finally finding himself ready to meet his soulmate

“I got to a place where…I was comfortable with myself, I was ready to be, I didn’t know it at the time, but I was ready for the one,” he told the 41-year-old bachelor, who is Happily dating Sarah Partain.

He continued: ‘I want [talk about it], but I also want to be a protector. I want to shout it from the rooftops, but I also want to be a protector. Is sacred.

Still, Long did not mention Bosworth by name. That interview comes just four months after the He’s Just Not That Into You actor revealed on a different podcast that he was off the market.

Shortly after, six pages revealed that the new lady in his life was actress Kate Bosworth, with whom he made a movie in 2021.

Earlier that year, the blonde beauty announced her split from husband Michael Polish, 51.

Co-stars: PageSix said that

Co-stars: PageSix said that “the two met while filming a movie in Fayetteville, Ark., [in 2021]’

PageSix said that “the two met while filming a movie in Fayetteville, Ark., [in 2021]’

In May he spoke about Justin on Instagram after the film was finished: ‘Holy moly @justinlong you are really amazing/funny/funny/kind/weird/considerate/totally. fuck rad human being.’

She added: ‘THANK YOU for cheering us on…you kept it light and full of laughter every day, even in the hardest of times. You, gnome, how much I love you (sorry, I had to ;).’

And a source told the site that he accompanied the beauty on her trip to Pädaste Manor in Estonia this fall. They reportedly had a “romantic weekend”.

Justin later confirmed their relationship status during his podcast in December while discussing controversial pineapple pizza coverage with comedian Fortune Feimster.

Speaking on his ‘Life is Short with Justin Long’ podcast, the actor said when asked to give his favorite ingredient: ‘This is controversial: pineapple.’

Exes: Kate was married to director Michael Polish from 2013 to 2021

Exes: Kate was married to director Michael Polish from 2013 to 2021

To which Justin replied: ‘People have been saying that lately. It’s funny, my girlfriend said hers is: she loves pineapple too. I’ve never been with anyone who likes pineapple on pizza.

A source later told Us Weekly: ‘They’ve been dating for a few months. Secretly, they have been on a few escapades together. They both love to travel.

He added that the couple “doesn’t hide the fact that they’re together” but instead “just stays low key and private about their relationship.”

Kate and Justin quickly moved in and are reportedly already living together.

Long has previously been linked to Amanda Seyfried, Kirsten Dunst and Drew Barrymore.

Kate and her ex Michael were last photographed together in January 2021. The couple met in 2011 while making the adventure drama Big Sur, which she starred in and he directed.

Kate and Michael announced their engagement in August 2012 and were married on August 31, 2013, at The Ranch at Rock Creek in Philipsburg, Montana.

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