Kevin Costner Breaks His Silence on Jewel Dating Rumors

Kevin Costner is addressing romance rumors linking himself and singer Jewel.

The Yellowstone star was a guest on Sirius XM's The Howard Stern Show, where the subject of his speculated romance with the "Foolish Games" singer came up,.

"Jewel and I are friends -- we've never gone out," Costner said.

He also explained his own reluctance to address the rumors previously, sharing, "She's special, and I don't want these rumors to ruin our friendship, because that's what we have."

The 50-year-old songstress posted photos in November from her annual tennis fundraiser on Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island, including one group shot that featured the 69-year-old actor. In the photo, the two were not posed together directly and were joined by several others who were all dressed in white.

However, in pics obtained by TMZ at the time, the singer and actor were seen cozied up to one another as Jewel spoke into a microphone, and thus the romance rumors were sparked.

According to Costner, it was the trip to Branson's island where he and Jewel first crossed paths.

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Kevin Costner attends a conversation about the film Horizon: An American Saga, Chapter I with Josh Horowitz at The 92nd Street Y, New York on June 17, 2024 in New York City.

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"I got on a plane with nine people -- Jewel was one of them," Costner told Stern. "She was somebody I just had some tremendous conversations with."

"I don't want the press to ruin this for us," he said of their friendship. "Because I've had conversations with her, text-wise, and she's so smart and she's been through a lot herself. We have a friendship, we don't have a romance and we've never dated."

"She's beautiful and smart enough for all those things, but it just has never happened for us," Coster said. "She's everything you might think, but is hasn't happened."

In April, Jewel sat down with Elle to discuss her life, music and the fan speculation surrounding her relationship status in regards to the two-time Academy Award winner.

"He's a great person," she told the outlet of the Field of Dreams star, adding, "The public fascination is intense for sure."

Costner split from his wife of nearly two decades, Christine Baumgartner, in 2023 and the former couple finalized their divorce in September. The pair share three children -- Cayden, Hayes and Grace. Costner is also the father of adult children Annie, Lily and Joe, whom he shares with ex-wife Cindy Silva, and son Liam, whom he shares with former partner Bridget Rooney.

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Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner attend the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar party on March 27, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California.

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"Kevin and Christine Costner have come to an amicable and mutually agreed upon resolution of all issues pertaining to their divorce proceedings," a rep for Costner told ET in the fall.

For her part, Jewel split from her husband, Ty Murray, back in 2014 after six years of marriage. They welcomed one son, Kase Townes Murray, in 2011.

The Howard Stern Show, which airs on SiriusXM channel Howard 100, is broadcast live Mondays through Wednesdays starting at 7 a.m. ET. The full show is also available on the SiriusXM app.


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