MALIBU, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 06: (L-R) Alexandra Grant and Keanu Reeves attends the Saint Laurent Mens Spring Summer 20 Show on June 06, 2019 in Paradise Cove Malibu, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

When Keanu Reeves stepped onto the red carpet holding the hand of an unidentified woman, the world went mad. She turned out to be artist Alexandra Grant, who has not only worked with the actor for years, but has been dating him for years too.

Of course, though we love a good celebrity romance, this time it was different. This is the man we’ve seen go through heartbreak and pain publicly and in over two decades, since the death of his partner Jennifer Syme in 2001, Reeves had never posed with a woman on the red carpet.

Enter Grant, who has finally addressed her relationship for the first time since their November 2019 carpet debut.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 02: Alexandra Grant (L) and Keanu Reeves attend the 2019 LACMA 2019 Art + Film Gala Presented By Gucci at LACMA on November 02, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

“I think every single person I knew called me in the first week of November, and that’s fascinating,” Grant said in an interview with British Vogue, referring to her and Reeves’s appearance at the art gala. “But the question I’ve been asking in all of this is: ‘What is the opportunity for good?’”

Speaking about her and Reeves’ early friendship, Grant says that they started working together – they run publishing house  X Artists’ Books – after she gave him a book she’d made as a present in 2011.

“The book was made as a surprise, by me, for Keanu, as a private gift,” confirms Grant. “All our friends sitting in the room got the giggles when I gave it to him – they said, ‘Please publish it!’ So that’s how we got into publishing.”

When the question of marriage arises, Grant expertly dodges the question, responding with,  “Over a glass of wine… I would love to tell you,” before adding: “Love at every level is deeply important to my identity. How’s that for dodging the question? I do not believe that isolation is the way. There is a period of isolation that I do as a painter, but I deeply value the experience of being in relationships.”