Photo: Georges Biard

Kevin Costner + Jewel

After TMZ published photos of the superstar actor with his arms around the singer/songwriter’s waist during an event on Richard Branson’s Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands, Kevin Costner has insisted he and Jewel are just friends.

Following months of speculation, the famous thespian finally shut down the rumors on The Howard Stern Show on Tuesday (6.18,) when we said “Jewel and I are friends – we’ve never gone out, ever.” “She’s special, and I don’t want these rumors to ruin our friendship because that’s what we have.”

Adding that he and Jewel were part of a larger group of nine people (including Harry Potter star Emma Watson,) who spent three days on the private island in December, Costner stated:

“I got on a plane with nine people – Jewel was one of them. She was somebody I just had some tremendous conversations with.” “The rumor was I went down there on a private plane with her, I went back on a private plane (but) I was on with nine people. I don’t want the press to ruin this for us because I’ve had conversations with her text-wise and she’s so smart and she’s been through a lot herself and so we have a friendship, we don’t have a romance and we’ve not dated. She’s beautiful and smart enough for all those things, it just has never happened for us.” 

The now 69-year-old, father of seven, added that he’s had to explain the rumors to his children because they have asked where Jewel is. 

Kevin split from Christine Baumgartner, his wife of almost 20 years, in 2023 and their divorce was finalized in February.

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Author: Saul Goode

Photo: Georges Biard