Around last month, there have been speculations about a potential new couple: Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio and Indian-British model Neelam Gill. While neither has confirmed the rumors, the two have been spotted together on multiple occasions, causing many to wonder who exactly Gill is. Here’s everything we know about the model, from her career to her personal life and beyond.
Gill’s Career and Accomplishments
Born in Coventry, West Midlands, England, on April 27, 1995, Gill first made headlines in 2013 when she became the first model of Indian origin to feature in a campaign for the British brand Burberry. Since then, she continued to rise in prominence in the modeling world.
Gill has walked runways for leading brands such as Dior, Balmain, and Burberry. Alongside her runway work, she’s been a choice for some of the biggest fashion labels, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Yeezy, and Adidas. She also graced the covers of magazines like Elle UK and Vogue India and has been featured in global editions of Vogue.
Earlier this year, Gill walked the ramp for the Dior show at Mumbai’s India Gate.
Her Personal Life
Gill comes from a Sikh family in Punjab, India. At the age of 14, she signed her first contract with NEXT Model Management and made her debut on the catwalk for Burberry’s fashion show during London Fashion Week in September 2013.
The model has been open about discussing issues close to her heart. She’s spoken up about the racism, negative comments, and bullying she has faced from internet trolls. With around 311,000 followers on Instagram and a presence on YouTube, Gill uses her platforms to talk about issues like self-love and depression.
Dating Rumors and Relationships
In June 2023, Neelam found herself linked to Leonardo DiCaprio after they were spotted leaving London’s Chiltern Firehouse together, although at different times. Other sightings followed, including both boarding a yacht in St. Tropez on July 25.
However, Gill took to Instagram to clear the air, stating that she’s not DiCaprio’s ‘new flame’:
“Just to clear up any rumors … I am not Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘new flame.’ In fact, I am in a committed relationship with his good friend and have been for many months now. The only reason we have been pictured in the same vicinity is because I have been there with my partner. I hope this clears up all the false stories.”
Gill isn’t new to being in the public eye for her relationships. In 2015, rumors circulated about her dating ex-One Direction star Zayn Malik, which were later debunked. In 2017, she had a brief relationship with American rapper J Stash.
For context, 48-year-old DiCaprio has a history of dating models, his most recent known relationship being with Camila Morrone, which ended last year after four years. He was also romantically linked with supermodel Gigi Hadid.