THE FAMILY of Thandiwe Newton’s new toyboy lover Lonr was blindsided by their affair and think she seems “crazy as hell”.
The Brit actress, 49, and the 25-year-old American rapper – real name Elijah Dias – were pictured snogging in Malibu last week amid claims she has split from hubby Ol Parker.
It came after she was forced to deny she had been fired from movie Magic Mike 3 over an argument with co-star Channing Tatum regarding Will Smith’s Oscars slap.
Elijah is just four years older than Thandiwe and Ol’s eldest child, 21-year-old daughter Ripley.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun on Sunday from his New York home, Elijah’s step-dad Jimmy Varner, 58, said his family found out about their romance through the media.
Jimmy boasted that LA-based Elijah “knows what to do with an older woman” but doesn’t believe he will ever settle down with the Line of Duty actress.
The ex-husband of Elijah’s mum Mikelyn Roderick, 63, and dad to his singer-songwriter half-sister Elle Varner, said: “My advice to Thandiwe is ‘go get him tiger’ if that’s what she wants.
“Lord have mercy on her – and him.
“She looks crazy as hell to me. All the pretty ones are crazy like that.
“But when he’s ready to settle down and be having kids, he ain’t going to settle for her.
“It was Elijah’s birthday a couple of days ago so I am sure they had a good time.
“I haven’t met her, I live in New York.
“I found out about it like the rest of the family, on (the New York Post’s) Page Six.”
Thandiwe appeared to have ditched her wedding ring when she was spotted kissing and holding hands with Elijah on April 23.
The mum-of-three’s movie director husband Ol, 52, was also seen last week without his wedding ring in London, fuelling speculation they have parted ways.
Sources claimed that Thandiwe had been acting “highly strung” and had an apparent breakdown during the filming of Magic Mike 3 in London.
She is said to have fired her UK agent of three decades before her US agent flew in to calm things down.
It was also claimed that Thandiwe’s team was seeking for her to go to a rehab center in Arizona for mental health support.
Despite the scandal surrounding the Westworld actress’s personal life, former Motown staff producer Jimmy said he is sure Elijah knows what he is doing.
He said: “Look, he knows what to do with an older woman, I’m not worried about the age gap.
“He’s mature, he can handle himself.
“I taught him how to be good with people, how to be mature, how to be good around people.
“He knows what to do, she had better be ready for him.”
It is not yet known how Elijah and Thandiwe met but his track with singer Amber Mark Save My Love appeared on the soundtrack to her 2021 movie Reminiscence.
Although Elijah’s career is only in its early stages, his half-sister 33-year-old Elle is a Grammy-award winning songwriter.
Elle’s father Jimmy said: “His (Elijah’s) momma is my baby momma, he was my little guy.
“I took his momma to the hospital when she gave birth to him.
“I am very proud of him and his achievements.
“Music has always been strong in the family.
“I was a staff producer at the Motown record label for 15 years.
“Me and his mother were married and we signed with Chris Blackwell who founded Island Records in 1986.
“His mother is an incredible woman, an incredible songwriter and actress.
“She’s the one who raised him and made him what he is.”