Jonathan Bricklin opens up about being called Susan Sarandon's 'toy boy' in 'Connected'

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The new AOL Originals docu-series, Connected, follows six New Yorkers who filmed themselves for six months in a new twist on the unscripted format. Among the cast is Jonathan Bricklin, a writer and entrepreneur from New York who also happened to be dating someone very famous while shooting. The first episode provides an intimate look inside his relationship with Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon.

Bricklin, who at 37 is over 30 years younger than Sarandon, says the difference in their age is not what caused friction between the pair.

"Susan is much older than me, and much more successful," Bricklin tells the camera in the opening scenes while Sarandon takes promotional photos at SPiN, a club that he co-owns. "It's probably because of that that I've been referred to as her toy boy from the very beginning. Strangely, age is not the issue. It's the success that creates trouble for me."

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Jonathan Bricklin opens up about being called Susan Sarandon's 'toy boy' in 'Connected'
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Jonathan Bricklin and Susan Sarandon attend the Philadelphia Flyers vs New York Rangers playoff game at Madison Square Garden on April 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - JUNE 30: Jonathan Bricklin and Susan Sarandon attend the Susan Sarandon Kicks Off SPiN New York's East Hampton Pop-Up At c/o The Maidstone Hotel on June 30, 2013 in East Hampton City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for c/o The Maidstone)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 17: Director Jonathan Bricklin (L) and Actress Susan Sarandon attend 'The Entrepreneur' New York Premiere Party at SPiN New York on July 17, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27: Susan Sarandon and Jonathan Bricklin attend the Philadelphia Flyers vs New York Rangers playoff game at Madison Square Garden on April 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Jonathan Bricklin and Susan Sarandon attend the Philadelphia Flyers vs New York Rangers playoff game at Madison Square Garden on April 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 21: Susan Sarandon and Jonathan Bricklin attend the IWC 'Inside The Wave' Gala event during the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2014 at Palexpo on January 21, 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for IWC Schaffhausen)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Actress Susan Sarandon (L) and Jonathan Bricklin play ping-pong at the SPiN Happy Hour At Bing Bar on January 21, 2011 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Bing)
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In the next scene, they candidly discuss their careers as Sarandon gets ready for a meeting.

"I've always felt embarrassed for you," Bricklin says, "that you were dating me, or associated to me in public."

When the actress asks why he feels that way, Bricklin responds, "Because, I look like a little kid, and I'm not notable for anything. And people expect a lot from you. They feel like you should be dating someone fabulous."

To which she responds, "I am."

Today Page Six reported that the couple split after five years together, with a source citing that the unscripted show was the cause of their rift. When rumors of their breakup first surfaced, Bricklin released a statement regarding Sarandon's connection to the docu-series:

"Susan and I have a lot of respect and great admiration for each other. It's impossible to concisely characterize our relationship, other than to say that it continues to evolve in new and unexpected ways. She supported my decision to be a part of AOL's 'Connected', and making this series about my life has brought up real and somewhat unexplored issues, but it didn't break us up."


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