Brad Pitt, Neri Oxman

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It's time to end the speculation once and for all.

Ever since Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's divorce was announced, pop culture fans have been keeping their eyes and ears open for any updates on their dating lives.

When it comes to Brad, the Hollywood actor made headlines this spring when reports surfaced that he was "spending time" with MIT professor Neri Oxman.

The stories continued when various students posted photos of Brad visiting one of her classes during the fall semester.

But in a new profile with the New York Times, Neri emphatically denied ever dating the Oscar winner. In fact, the publication reported that the professor is dating hedge funder William A. Ackman.

Dr. Neri Oxman

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In other words, the two really are just friends who have nothing but good things to say about each other. Neri described Brad as "the last of the Mohicans in post-Netflix Hollywood. He brings together the timely and the timeless, which is what cinema is all about."

As for all the paparazzi who followed Neri during the dating rumor mill, she admitted to having some fun with the cameras. The professor would hold meaningful books that supported scientific achievement including a copy of the Feynman Lectures and the Golden Record in form of an LP.

"The Golden Record beats the Caviar quilted flap bag on any given day," she shared with the NYT. "Toting the ultimate message to moon was my message in a bottle to the paparazzi. The Feynman Lectures followed."

As for her relationship with Brad, a source reiterated to E! News back in April that these two were just friends.

"He thinks she's brilliant. He's interested in getting to know her more and learning from her, but they are strictly friends," a source shared with us. "She's not interested in the whole Hollywood scene at all and she is happy in her current relationship."

Another source added, "Some people seem to be exaggerating this into something that doesn't exist."

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