By Ryan Velez
The Daily Mail reports that Academy-Award winning recording artist Common and actress Regina Hall have entered a relationship following their time working together on Barbershop 3, and the two are said to be “madly in love.” A source close to the pair reports that they have been together for nearly a year, and are said to have never been happier.
The two met while filming together in Atlanta in May of 2015, and while the story reports that Common, real name Lonnie Rashad Lynn, Jr., was “captivated by Hall,” she was a bit more reluctant to start dating. “Regina wasn’t interested in dating a fellow actor. She’s always shied away from the idea of being with one of her co-stars. But Common was persistent and finally won her over,” the source explains. However, she also laid down her ground rules, refusing to start dating until production on Barbershop 3 had finished that summer. Her reasoning was that starting a relationship could compromise their work, but afterwards, they got together and by all accounts, are very happy.
“This is the happiest anyone has ever seen him. He’s a hopeless romantic and after several failed relationships, he lost faith in love,” the source said. “But Regina inspires him and has renewed his hope in love. It’s so beautiful to see,” the source added. This may even be inspiring Common creatively. While he had at one point considered his 2014 album Nobody’s Smiling to be the last full-length release he would put out, this has changed with the upcoming album Black America Again.
Despite all this, the two are working at keeping the relationship quiet. The couple has made no public appearances together, and only friends and family are aware of the relationship. A spokesperson for Hall also denied that she is in a relationship with Common. This appears to be a planned move, with the source saying that keeping the relationship out of the public eye will help make it last. Common has had high-profile relationships in the past, including with Erykah Badu, Serena Williams, and Taraji P. Henson. Hall has dated track and field star Felix Sanchez and NBA player Aaron Affalo.