Rise Of The ‘Sapiosexuals’: Why A-List Celebs Are Falling For Brainy Women..

Brad Pitt is just the latest silver screen hunk to have swapped actresses for academics, in what has been dubbed “the Clooney effect”. For it was the actor’s close pal who started the trend five years ago, when he swept Oxford-educated barrister Amal Alamuddin off her (blue) stockinged feet. The romance signalled a shift among Tinsletown’s leading men, a group never previously known for valuing a woman’s IQ points over her vital statistics. As well as the Clooneys, now parents to nine-month-old twins, there is Eddie Redmayne, who is married to Hannah Bagshawe – formerly the global head of PR at a financial media firm. Not to mention Benedict Cumberbatch, once named Empire’s sexiest movie star, who has two sons with his Oxford-educated theatre director wife Sophie, and Inception actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is to be married to Silicon Valley robotics expert Tasha McCauley. Meanwhile, reformed philanderer Jude Law this year celebrates his third anniversary with Phillipa Coan, a business psychologist with a PhD. While Pitt et al have, unsurprisingly, found partners who are as physically striking as they are cerebral, an increasing number of men are claiming that brains are the only body part they are interested in. According to reports, more people than ever are identifying as “sapiosexual”: harbouring an attraction based on intellect, as opposed to appearance…

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