In late July, former Sister Sister actress Tia Mowry told InTouch Weekly a funny anecdote about running into Charlize Theron at SoulCycle in Los Angeles. Tia claimed that she simply walked up to introduce herself and Charlize was rude and dismissive.
It’s long been rumoured that Sean Penn’s Oscar-winning girlfriend is rude, as are other “sweetheart” celebrities like Reese Witherspoon.
However, now Tia is confirming. “She wasn’t very nice to me,” said Tia.“I said ‘Hi,’ and she actually rolled her eyes and said, ‘Oh my God.’ I wasn’t over-the-top. I know how to approach another celebrity. Charlize was just mean. I’m just being honest.”
Now, another report claims Charlize flew into a rage upon learning details of the exchange had been leaked and she’s trying to get Tia thrown out of the gym.
“Charlize came in so pissed off after Tia went to the tabloids about her, and she demanded we bar Tia from ever coming back. When the manager refused Charlize just got angrier and said she’d go to the top to make it happen,” revealed an insider.
Charlize considered the leak to be a privacy issue and complained to management. Management didn’t instantly ban Tia, making Charlize angrier. “This nobody who was famous for a minute 20 years ago can complain to the tabloids about me but I can’t expect you to protect me from hangers on in your studio?” said Charlize, according a SoulCycle employee.
Management are yet to take action, adds the source, “This just feels like a vendetta because Tia spoke up. Charlize used to be kind of quiet and chill when she came to spin, but it looks like dating Sean Penn isn’t doing her any favors.”
UPDATE 8/10/14: A source tells E! News that “this is totally fabricated and completely not true.” Tia adds, “I do not know her. I do not know Charlize. I absolutely love her, she’s my ‘woman crush Wednesday,’ you can even see it on my Instagram! I’m obsessed with her, I love her, it was definitely blown out of proportion. So that’s all I’m going to say about that.”