All About Garrett Hedlund, Emma Roberts’ Boyfriend and Baby’s Father

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This week, news broke that Emma Roberts is expecting her first child with Garrett Hedlund, her boyfriend of more than a year. Although neither has commented on reports, many have become curious about the low-key relationship between the rumored parents-to-be. Here’s what you need to know about Hedlund, from his impressive film career to his previous four-year relationship with Kirsten Dunst.

He’s a SAG Award-nominated actor.

The 35-year-old has said he fled farm life in Minnesota, where he was born, for the opportunity to become an actor. At age 14, Hedlund moved to Arizona to live with his mother and fly to auditions in Los Angeles, he told W Magazine. His first major film roles came in 2004, when he starred alongside Brad Pitt in Troy and Billy Bob Thornton in Friday Night Lights.

In the years after, he switched between starring in major blockbusters (TRON: Legacy, Unbroken) and smaller dramatic films (Inside Llewyn Davis, Billy Lynn’s Halftime Walk). More recently, Hedlund co-starred with Ben Affleck in the Netflix action film Triple Frontier and in 2017, he was nominated as part of the ensemble of Mudbound for a Screen Actors Guild Award.

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Hedlund and Roberts have been dating for just over a year.

Us Weekly reported that Hedlund and Roberts are expecting a child together. While the pair hasn’t commented on the rumors, E! News reports that Roberts’ mom Kelly Cunningham has confirmed the news. The outlet cited since-deleted Instagram comments Cunningham made when fans congratulated her on her daughter’s reported pregnancy. “Thank you so much! Very excited,” she responded to one Instagram comment. When another asked her if Roberts was pregnant, she replied, “Yes!!”

The pregnancy news is the first major update on Roberts and Hedlund’s relationship in a while. They were first linked in March 2019 after being spotted on a walk in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. A source told Us Weekly at the time, “Garrett and Emma have been friends, but this is new, casual and just a couple of weeks old.” Their romance came shortly after Roberts ended her engagement with longtime on-off partner Evan Peters.

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In January 2020, a source told Us Weekly that the couple was “having fun and enjoying each other” without getting too serious. “They are not talking an engagement or marriage at the moment,” the outlet’s source said. “They like hanging out and going out together, and their relationship is more fun than serious.”

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Hedlund previously dated Kirsten Dunst.

Before Hedlund met Roberts, he dated his On the Road co-star Kirsten Dunst for more than four years. “I took her out on a 3 AM canoe ride,” he told Details of meeting Dunst on the 2011 set. “It was not a stable canoe. We fell out and had to swim back in mucky, shitty water, like golf-pond water.”

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They split in early 2016, with a source telling People, “They have very different personalities and weren’t on the same page when it came to their future. Their relationship has been very rocky for a while, so the breakup is actually a relief for them.” Dunst is now engaged to her Fargo co-star Jesse Plemons, with whom she shares a son.

He can sing.

In addition to Roberts and Hedlund being actors, both have sung over the course of their careers. Roberts sang and played guitar on the Nickelodeon series Unfabulous, while Hedlund sung in 2014’s Lullaby and did a duet with Leighton Meester in 2010’s Country Strong. E! News reported on rumors Meester and Hedlund were dating in real-life at the time, although nothing romantic offscreen was ever confirmed. She’s now married to The O.C. star Adam Brody and reportedly expecting their second child.

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He’s also an avid reader.

Another passion the couple may connect on is a love of reading. During a 2012Interview Magazine conversation with Jeff Bridges, Hedlund said, “It’s funny that I got to do On the Road because the thing that had the biggest impact on me growing up was reading books.” He spoke to Details (via Us Weekly) the following year about spending his high school years at the local bookstore: “I’d hang out at the Borders Bookstore until it closed and then I would stick the book back on the shelf until the next day. That was safe. No one was going to buy three copies of [Charles] Bukowskis Tales of Ordinary Madness by the next afternoon.” Roberts, too, is a major bookworm, founding the online book club Belletrist in 2017.

Hedlund has no official social media.

Roberts has yet to make her relationship with Hedlund Instagram official to her 13.8 million followers. And it seems that there’s no official social media presence for Hedlund.

Hedlund and Roberts both have kept silent about their private life since being linked, on social media or otherwise. Roberts declined to speak about Hedlund during an interview for Cosmopolitan‘s May 2019 cover story. But she did speak about how she deals with media attention on her relationships. “I spend hours on the phone with my mom,” Roberts told the outlet when asked about coping with paparazzi photos. “She puts everything into perspective. She’s never once judged me. I also have the most amazing group of friends. They come over and we lie in bed or talk, watch TV, or read short stories to each other. We open a bottle of wine. To me, that’s the best whenever anything is going on—to have everyone come over and be together.”

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