Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker may be dipping his toe back into the dating pool.
Whitaker was spotted at a New York City eatery earlier this week with a dark-haired woman, enjoying the dinner menu at La Central inside Hotel Americano on Saturday, an insider told Page Six.
“The two arrived at nearly 10:30 [p.m.] and stayed until just minutes before midnight,” a witness told the outlet. The pair “sat quietly by a back window … and kept to themselves.”
The woman who accompanied him seemed to be in her 30’s, but “it wasn’t visibly intimate,” the insider stated.
The Black Panther actor, 57, has kept a pretty low profile since filing for divorce from his wife, Keisha Whitaker, 46, in December after 22 years of marriage. The former couple met in 1994 on the set of “Blown Away,” playing each other’s love interests. In 1996 they married in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
“It was basically more spiritual than traditional and sealed by a beautiful Apache marriage blessing,” Keisha Whitaker said of their nuptials in a 1996 In Style Interview.
They share two children, Sonnet, 22, and True, 20. In a separate 2009 interview with Parade Magazine, Forest Whitaker described himself as somewhat of a softy when it comes to his children, and described his wife as the disciplinarian.
“They come to me when they’re trying to slip something by,” he said. “I have to always take a pause when they come and say, ‘Hey dad, is it okay if we do this?’” he explained. “So I just look at them like, ‘Have you talked to your mom about that?’ They know I’m the easy one.”
Whitaker cited “irreconcilable differences” in the divorce proceedings and allegedly denied his wife’s request for spousal support according to a previous report by The Blast.