Chris Rock and Rosario Dawson, who co-star in the new movie Top Five, are rumored to be together after Rock’s split with wife Malaak Compton-Rock.
The rumor was first reported by gossip website Media TakeOut.
Now Star magazine says Rock’s relationship with Dawson is to “blame” for his divorce turning “ugly.”
The tabloid says the couple’s split has “gone from quietly amicable to downright dirty” because of Compton-Rock’s becoming furious over Rock and Dawson’s “close relationship.
The tabloid also claims that the casting of Dawson in the movie, as she and Rock play people who become romantically involved, had something to do with the split.
Rock, who also wrote and directed the film, created the role with Dawson in mind, and convinced her to join the film.
“When you’re working with someone who is the writer and the director and the actor, you feel like, this person is going to be really overly precious,” Dawson told Vogue. “Chris said, ‘Listen, I have no ego about this. Share with me. I want you to be a part of this so that you can bring what you bring. Like the movie says—put your stank on it.'”
However, representatives for both Rock and Dawson have slammed the rumors, which some say started after a picture of Chris and Rosario kissing lightly on the lips at a Top Five premiere was published.
“There is no truth to that,” Rock’s rep told the New York Post. “The rumor is 100 percent untrue.”
“Chris just wasn’t happy in the marriage anymore. There is no third party involved,” a source said. “Chris and his wife had previously separated and got back together, so there have been problems for some time.”
A source told MTO, a notoriously unreliable “webloid,” that Chris and his wife have been separated for about two years. The source claimed that Chris and Rosario are together.
“They got together while making Top 5 . . but kept it quiet,” the source said. “Now I think Chris filed the papers on Malaak because he wants to go public with it.”
On the other hand, Gossip Cop says the tabloid rumors aren’t true. “Reps for both Rock and Dawson have repeatedly said there’s no real-life romance, and the tabloids still don’t have any proof of one. But it’s sensational, so it sells,” it said.