This week, actress Pamela Anderson fed rumors of a blossoming relationship with Julian Assange, saying the Wikileaks founder is “a gentleman, he is extremely smart, resilient.” The Canadian-born Baywatch-star-turned-animal rights-activist appears to have moved away from her taste in red-blooded Americans (see: ex-husbands Tommy Lee, Kid Rock and poker player Rick Salomon) in favor of someone a little… paler.
Modeling a new line of Coco de Mer lingerie, Anderson, 49, told PEOPLE that she has been “taking ballet in Paris,” “reading Napoleon and Josephine in French,” “drinking too much rosé,” and hinted that she might be falling for the 45-year-old Australian. “Julian is one of my favorite people,” Anderson told PEOPLE. “Julian is trying to free the world by educating it. It is a romantic struggle – I love him for this.”
For those eager for a Pam and Julian sex tape, here’s what you need to know about the love story of the pinup and the Wikileaks mastermind.
They’ve been spending time together for several years
U.K. tabloids report that the pair met in 2014. As the papers tell it, London-based fashion designer Vivienne Westwood introduced the two after Anderson expressed the desire to recruit Assange to support her foundation that advocates for “human, animal and environmental rights.” She told the Sun that they began seeing each other monthly, but now it’s “a lot more regularly.”
They are definitely into to each other
Two months ago, the hosts of the Australian radio program the Kyle and Jackie O Show spoke to Assange, who said Anderson is “an attractive person with an attractive personality. She’s no idiot at all. Psychologically she’s very savvy.” The following week, Anderson appeared on the syndicated show and admitted that she talked more often with her new beau that she did with all her ex husbands. When asked if they kissed yet, she played coy: “That was never the intention to become romantic. It was to just join forces to be something important.” After giggling, she added: “It was never the intention, but things happen for sure.” Anderson’s most revealing statement addressed marriage: “I always thought I’d make a good First Lady and if I had to pick a world leader to stand beside it would be Julian Assange.”
Despite Assange’s current living situation, they see each other pretty often
British press is fascinated by the curvy Playboy model’s romance with the 6-foot-2, pale-skinned leader of the first “stateless news organization” – especially since Assange has been confined to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012, where he has been avoiding extradition.
Anderson has talked openly about visiting Assange on several occasions over the past eight months at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. A PETA advocate promoting the vegan diet, she brings him groceries from Whole Foods, vegan cheeseburgers from the Mildred chain in London, and organic sandwiches from Pret A Manger. (The frequent food deliveries started a rumor that Anderson is poisoning Assange, though that appears to be false.) On Monday, after attending a Coco de Mer collection launch party, Anderson visited Assange at the Embassy – and went back the next night, as well. Assange stayed indoors, since venturing outside could mean enforcement of a warrant over a 2012 Swedish rape allegations and possible extradition to the United States for publishing hundreds of thousands of leaked military and diplomatic documents in 2010.
This isn’t Assange’s first rumored public romance
Anderson’s private life has long been in the spotlight, as countless articles, photographs and videos highlight her short-lived marriages and her most intimate moments with Tommy Lee. However, the details of Assange’s personal life remain obscure for the most part. His most publicized possible fling involves his alleged involvement with Sarah Harrison, a British journalist who became Wikileaks’ envoy and the “mystery woman sent to spirit former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden from Hong Kong to Moscow” in 2013.
In 1989, when Assange was a teenager, Assange and his then 17-year-old girlfriend Teresa had a child. And though he reportedly has several other children, their names and locations are kept close his chest, largely due to security reasons. “My children have received death threats and are in hiding,” Assange told Rolling Stone in 2012. “Many people I am close to in a familial way, I have to be extremely cautious about exposing.”
Anderson has been journaling their relationship
Last week, Anderson wrote a roughly 1,500-word poem of sorts, titled, “Slavlan, Sweden” on her foundation’s website addressed to the “beautiful and progressive country” of the country where Assange is wanted for rape. The writing invites readers into the workings of Anderson’s mind and includes an scattered thoughts on the American dating culture being “a bit risky,” the “harsh style” of President Trump and the “epidemic of typically American male crassness and disrespect of women – ‘locker room talk.'” Anderson, whose book The Sensual Revolution is due out in November, ruminates about her fear that “people might forget how to make love” and “women [are] faking orgasms more” possibly being tied to “how we deal with overpopulation.”
In her latest post, Anderson announced her growing involvement with the Courage Foundation, an international trust raising funds for the legal defense of Chelsea Manning, Snowden, and Assange. She also addresses her relationship with Assange, writing that “it’s no secret, he is one of my favorite people.” And she asks Sweden to help Assange.
“It is only fair that Julian is set free and compensated and live the life he deserves as the UN ruling suggests,” Anderson writes. “He is a good person who cares about the world. Everyone can see what has been done to him is wrong. He is a kind and deeply empathetic person. Uncompromising on principle. Something that is born out of his disposition to curiosity. Often the public image projects a harshness that is not at all what he is like in a relaxed and trusting environment. He’s the good guy and I admire him greatly.”
And of course, there are some weird ties to Russia
Earlier this year, WikiLeaks published thousands of CIA documents – the largest agency dump in history. That came just two months after American intelligence reported a link between WikiLeaks and the Russian government’s hack of the Democratic National Committee. So is Russian President Vladimir pulling Assange’s strings? That is still up for debate, but no matter the answer, Anderson seems content moving closer to the Kremlin. Last December, Anderson attended a Moscow-held International Fund for Animal Welfare panel, where she professed her love for the Motherland. “I love Russia,” said Anderson, whose mother is a “little bit” Russian. “I think that Russians really get things done. I have a Canadian passport and an American passport. I would gladly have a Russian passport. It would be great. It would be easier to get here.”