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"I want to scream it from the rooftops, but I also want to be protective," Justin Long, who's rumored to be dating Kate Bosworth, says of his relationship
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"I had gotten to a place where I was comfortable with myself. I didn't know it at the time, but I was ready for the one," Long said during the interview, which aired Monday.
"And the one, I met. I found," said the Accepted actor.
Long added of his relationship, "I want to [talk about it], but I also want to be protective. I want to scream it from the rooftops, but I also want to be protective. It's sacred."
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In one snap, Long wore black sunglasses as he drove the vehicle, with the Blue Crush actress, 39, in the passenger seat beside him.
Long confirmed he had a girlfriend on a December 2021 episode of his podcast. While he didn't reveal his special someone by name, he said at the time that she liked pineapple on pizza while discussing toppings with his guest, Fortune Feimster.
Bosworth and Long previously spent time together last year filming an unnamed project in Arkansas.
Justin Long; Kate Bosworth
Justin Long; Kate Bosworth
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In May 2021, Bosworth posted a glowing tribute to Long after wrapping the film with him.
"Holy moly @justinlong you are a truly spectacular / fun / funny / kind / rare / thoughtful / totally. fckn. rad human being. 🌻," she wrote on Instagram, posting a carousel of photos that opened with a pic of her in Long's arms.
She continued, "THANK YOU for lifting us up ... you kept it light & full of laughter daily, even through the toughest moments. You gnome how much I love ya 💛 (sorry had to ;)"
Long commented on the post, where he jokingly replied, "That's ALL you wrote about me??? Well ... I admire your restraint."
"I joke because this is embarrassing and too much ... I'm going to say even nicer things about you publicly because people should know what a rare gem you are — all the things you said about me but a little bit (or a lot) more," Long added. "It was a true joy to be in your glow."
"Our hearts are full, as we have never been so enamored and deeply grateful for one another as we do in this decision to separate," Bosworth wrote at the time.
"Our greatest honor has been to experience love like this, and to continue to marvel at the beauty of love's evolution. What happens when we reach the end of something and realize … we are just at the beginning," she added.
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