His muse is his at last! Twenty years after Quentin Tarantino directed Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction, Us Weekly can confirm that the two have taken their relationship to the next level. Sources tell Us that the pair recently spent time together at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival in the South of France, where they even shared a villa.
"They had a thing and got together again recently," one insider tells Us. "He's loved her for years." Both Thurman and Tarantino were presenters at the closing ceremony of the star-studded film fest on Saturday, May 24. The willowy blonde star, 44, wearing a floor-length canary custom Atelier Versace couture gown, walked arm-in-arm on the red carpet with the Oscar-winning director, 51.
Just one day before their grand entrance, the two reunited with John Travolta at a Pulp Fiction screening. (The 1994 Tarantino-directed crime flick was Thurman's breakout moment in Hollywood. She later went on to collaborate with the director as the heroine of Kill Bill: Volumes 1 and 2.)
"There has always been an attraction," another source explains. "She has indulged from time to time, and that's how their relationship has always worked."
In a 2004 interview with the Associated Press, Thurman reflected about her professional and personal connection to Tarantino. "I think we're really different people actually, but that's what's fun about talking to each other. We have very different perspectives," she explained. "He's a very extroverted, public person. I'm a very introverted person. We're just very different characters, but somehow or other…" she trailed, finishing the sentence with a shrug.
Over the years, the two appeared to share a strong bond of friendship offscreen: Thurman, after all, famously let Tarantino sip from her Louboutin heel in 2010, while poking fun at his rumored foot fetish! So why now?
Timing has largely been an issue. Thurman was married to Ethan Hawke for six years before divorcing in 2004. Together, the stars share daughter Maya, 16, and son Levon, 12. In 2007, Thurman got engaged to hedge-fund magnate Arpad "Arki" Busson, with whom she shares 22-month-old daughter Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson.
As reported by Us last month, Thurman and Busson ended their tumultuous on-and-off again relationship.
Finding solace in Tarantino after her split, Thurman appeared happier than ever as she cozied up beside him at Cannes. "They talk often," the second source says. "They go out to lunch in NYC when he's around. He always tries to find a role for her, or have her involved somehow."
Tarantino, for his part, has previously been linked to stars like Kathy Griffin, Mira Sorvino, and even fellow director Sofia Coppola. He was most recently linked to costume designer Courtney Hoffman, though that relationship recently ended as well.