Keanu Reeves And His Tragic Love Story
The actor and Hollywood A-Lister Keanu Reeves might seem like he has the perfect life of fame and wealth but he has endured major loss after major loss. You might need to grab the tissues before reading about his tragic story. We know you will never look at the Matrix star the same again!
A HIT IN THE 80s AND 90s
Keanu Reeves reached superstardom during the '80s and '90s via famous film jobs, for example, Ted in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) and Neo in the sci-fi classic The Matrix (1999), yet, in the same way as other individuals must, he persevered through significant difficulties while smiling for the cameras.
He almost took a detour away from his life of fame because of a passion for ice hockey! As the goalie of his school team, he was once voted the most valuable player, and if not for a fluke accident he may have gone down that path. Can you imagine Hollywood without him? We certainly cannot. But let's get back to his life and the story that will pull on your heartstrings!
HIS FATHER LEFT HIM AS A CHILD
At age 3, the star's dad left. Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon to a British mother and a Chinese-Hawaiian dad back in 1964. His father, Samuel Nowlin Reeves, deserted the family when Keanu was aged two, some reports say at age three, and the father himself is on record saying he moved out when Keanu was five.
Keanu confirmed that he did know his dad until he was at least thirteen. He shared that on their last day, they sat on the veranda and gazed at the dull sky. His father scarcely said anything at all. The following day the father took them to the air terminal. At that point, they didn't hear a single thing from him for a very long time. No calls, no letters, nothing.
MOVING FROM SCHOOL TO SCHOOL WAS TOUGH
He went to four diverse secondary schools and battled with dyslexia, making training exceptionally troublesome. Reeves said in a 2008 interview with the Daily Mail that he went to four secondary schools over the course of about five years however he was "okay academically."
Others reported in 1995 that both Keanu and his sister, Kim, are dyslexic. Through his own personal struggles at school, he was also met with another big tragedy early on. He lost his closest companion River Phoenix when the pair were scarcely out of their teenage years.
LOSING HIS BEST FRIEND
At age 23, Keanu bid farewell to his closest companion River Phoenix. River's death was due to personal struggles which made the blow even harder for the actor. The duo acted together in My Own Private Idaho and had a genuine bond behind the scenes. This trajectory of sadness would unfortunately follow Keanu for years to come.
SAYING GOODBYE TO HIS ONE AND ONLY DAUGHTER
In 1999, the adoration for his life, Jennifer Syme, was pregnant with their girl. Things seemed to be looking up for the actor... Yet, their world came crumbling down when the baby was stillborn. This would also cost the couple their relationship. The pair said goodbye to their little girl whom Jennifer has been carrying for eight months already.
Despite this sadness, Jennifer and Keanu remained friends. And they no doubt still shared a lot of love between them. Less than two years later, the Matrix star would look heartbreak in the eyes once more.
ANOTHER ONE OF HIS LOVED ONES PASSES AWAY
Jennifer Syme, the mother of his child, passed away in an auto collision less than two years later. A much shaken Reeves called the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office and asked, as per Lt. Macintosh Willie, "if Jen Syme was there." Unfortunately, she was.
Not long after 6 a.m. on April 2, Syme, who worked in the accounting business, lost control of her 1999 Jeep Cherokee on L.A's. Cahuenga Boulevard. Whatever the outcome, Reeves, says a friend, “is finding it very, very difficult to cope with her death.”
HIS SISTER FACED LEUKEMIA
On top of this, Keanu's sister had leukemia. She was eventually cured but it still affected the actor. As best we can assemble from press reports, Kim Reeves, who is a bit younger than her famous brother, started her journey with the illness in 1991. Nearly a decade later, she started to win against it in 1999.
Media reports as late as 2015 still portray Kim Reeves as "fighting leukemia" — as though there was a backslide — but it's not clear what exactly happened. We've discovered a lot of proof to show that Keanu Reeves is a continuous and liberal supporter of a wide range of worthy missions, including funding cancer research.
Back in 2009, he said he had started a private charitable foundation. He shared that he has a private establishment that has been running for five or six years, and it helps help two or three kids' emergency clinics and cancer research. He does not prefer to append it in his name, he just lets the establishment do what it does.
HE IS A MODEST STAR
He doesn't own a massive house like different stars of his caliber. You wouldn't depict Reeves' $4 million two-room home in the Hollywood Hills as "big," yet it's an exceptionally pleasant home in a decent area, with a lot of space for his vehicles and cruisers, and with different big names living close by.
NOT MODEST ALL THE TIME
Most sources state Keanu Reeves' total assets are about $360 million. He has been known to ride the metro now and again, yet on some random days, he is bound to be seen driving his Porsche or one of his classic motorcycles. He's been captured on numerous events getting in and out of limos.
As Keanu Reeves said back in 2008, “It’s a cliché that money doesn’t buy you happiness. But it does buy you the freedom to live your life the way you want.” He also said something else about money that might surprise you. What could it be? Well, let us find out!
MONEY IS MEANINGLESS TO HIM
“Money doesn’t mean anything to me. I’ve made a lot of money, but I want to enjoy life and not stress myself building my bank account. I give lots away and live simply, mostly out of a suitcase in hotels. We all know that good health is much more important,” expressed Keanu Reeves.
THE INTERNET'S BOYFRIEND
Thanks to his all-compassing fame, Keanu has garnered massive crowds of fans worldwide and even nabbed the moniker, "The Internet's Boyfriend!" He enjoys a simple type of life and we hope he can attain more of the things that make him happy in the years that lie ahead for him!
MEET KEANU'S CURRENT PARTNER
In recent headlines, Keanu Reeves seems to have a new love interest. For a man who has faced so much hardship, we are glad to see him happy. He was first spotted holding hands with Los Angeles–based artist Alexandra Grant at the LACMA Art + Film Gala.
While the hand-holding may appear to come out of nowhere for the individuals who don't make a show of their relationship status often, Reeves and Grant have not just known each other for over 10 years, they have additionally purportedly been dating for quite a long time!
SPOTTED IN 2020
Despite a year of increased lower profiles from most celebrities, Keanu Reeves was spotted sporting a new hairdo in October 2020. But that is not all. None other than Alexandra Grant was with him and she received a loving kiss from her celebrity partner.
The actor who is 56, was photographed with a buzz cut and a clean-shaven face as he and Grant locked lips outside of his hotel in Berlin, Germany. If anyone was wondering about their relationship status, they now know the duo is going stronger than ever.
BACK FOR MORE: THE MATRIX 4
In June 2020 fans were all elated by the news of another Matrix movie. Reeves explained why he chose to repeat his famous role of Neo in The Matrix 4, touting the new film's "superb" storyline. He previously depicted the character in the 1999 film. So, what was it that drew him in to join the film which will air on December 22, 2021?
Reeves told Empire magazine that he was very impressed by the lovely script written by Lana Wachowski. The story was one that resonated with him and that's the only reason he wanted to do it. He added, "To work with her again is just amazing. It's been really special."
What an unbelievably difficult journey Keanu has been on from his early childhood already. With each passing heartbreak, we are sure the actor suffered more and more. Did you know about his painful past? We hope that his future relationship and projects bring him only joy. He is certainly one star that deserves a little bit of happiness! Let us know if you are looking forward to the next installment of The Matrix!