Dakota Fanning Breaks Up With Boyfriend Jamie Strachan, Calls First Dates 'Horrific'

by Leena Tailor 6:21 PM PDT, October 03, 2016
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Dakota Fanning recently revealed that she has called it quits with boyfriend, Jamie Strachan, and opened up about the “horrific” world of dating.

The 22-year-old actress candidly discusses her love life in the October issue of Town & Country.

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"The way I prefer to meet someone is through a friend," she says, explaining that means the guy in question "is most likely not a freak."

However, even with friends playing Cupid, the actress struggles with going on dates.

"I find dates, in general, horrific,” she admits in the interview, after confirming her split. “We have to sit there and ask these questions and pretend to eat a meal and it just feels so stiff."

Fanning and Strachan, a 35-year-old British model, first sparked dating rumors when they were photographed together in September 2013, while holding hands in New York City.

Although the couple, who had a 13-year age gap, attended the Met Gala together in May, they were spotted looking tense while out shopping in NYC in July.

Fanning didn’t divulge details of the break up, but noted she’s never been one to share too much of her personal life with the public.

“I was raised by very traditional Southern parents with Southern manners," she tells the magazine. "You don't air your dirty laundry to people that aren't your family or your friends.”

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While she may be single for now, Fanning has plenty to keep her busy in her professional life.

She’s preparing to head to the Venice Film Festival to promote the film Brimstone, stars in the upcoming screen adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel, American Pastoral, and is set to produce an adaptation of Sylvia Path’s The Bell Jar in spring.

Fanning selected Kirsten Dunst to direct The Bell Jar, sharing that the pair have a close bond.

"I think that Kirsten and I have had a very similar experience, in that we started so young," Fanning tells T&C. "We've lived a couple of lifetimes. I just trust her."

See the American Pastoral trailer below.