Shia LaBeouf might be some sort of weird thespian genius. Then again, maybe one of those Transformer gobot things slapped him in the head one too many times.
According to the New York Daily News, the actor has parted ways with his longtime girlfriend in favor of "Nymphomaniac" co-star Mia Goth, the 19-year-old actress he got close to while shooting Lars von Trier's upcoming film.
Really close. Like, they-couldn't-get-any-closer close.
LaBeouf broke up with stylist/designer Karolyn Pho "a while ago" after two years of dating, a source told Us Weekly, and things have reportedly been heating up with Goth ever since.
"They've kept their relationship under wraps, but they pretty much started dating after he broke off things with Karolyn a few months ago," a source told RadarOnline.
LaBeouf and Goth were spotted together on the day before Thanksgiving in Los Angeles and are reportedly very comfortable together.
"He got to know Mia on set and quickly became enamored of her," the source said, according to Radar. "They have similar interests, they love alternative music, thrift stores and she is edgy and funny, which Shia loves."
They also both apparently like having real sex in indie films.
LaBeouf's relationship with Pho was reportedly damaged over -- go figure -- work on von Trier's controversial new film, in which the actors engage in real sex scenes.
"They've been on the rocks ever since Shia agreed to star
How incredibly unreasonable of her.
Director von Trier is notorious for pushing the boundaries with his actors, and has shot several sexually explicit films in the past.
LaBeouf told the Hollywood Reporter in August that he took the job "because (von Trier's) dangerous. He scares me. And I'm only going to work now when I'm terrified."
Well, then he should make another Indiana Jones movie. Just about everyone is scared of that.
LaBeouf is apparently already into his new pal, even meeting Goth's parents in her native London.
"They're already spending a lot of time together, not just with work, but also have been hitting the town," the source said. "Mia has made Shia very happy and he's certainly found a party buddy for the time being."
"Karolyn gets that Shia likes to go method and appreciates his artistic integrity," a source told RadarOnline at the time. "However, she thinks performing a real sex scene in a movie is going too far. It's difficult for her to understand why it can't be simulated -- just like in other films."
Well, then she doesn't understand real art. Just like those people who make those straight-to-DVD movies in the San Fernando Valley involving the pizza boy making a delivery to the local sorority house. That's real art, right there.
But Pho, 23, later told the Daily News the split wasn't over LaBeouf's on-screen sex life.
"It's none of anybody's business," she said. "Everything is fine with us. It was nothing affiliated with his movie."
Of course not.