Back in June, Jennifer Lawrence was spotted hanging out with a mysterious man that the internet eventually determined to be New York City-based art gallerist, Cooke Maroney. The couple, now recently engaged, have made sure to keep their relationship out of the public eye as much as possible. They've succeeded-so much so that it begs the question: Who is Cooke Maroney exactly? Below, an all-encompassing guide to what you need to know about Maroney before he and Lawrence became serious.
He grew up in Vermont.
Maroney's parents, James Maroney and Suki Fredericks, own an Oliver Hill Farm in Leicester, Vermont. According to Medium, his parents grew tired of raising their son in the city and decided to move further up north to start a farm. Before the move, Maroney's father was an art dealer in Manhattan and previously served as the Head of American Paintings at Christie's before trying to adapt to a more simplistic way of life. Maroney also has a younger sister named Annabelle.
He is an art gallerist.
Maroney followed in his father's footsteps with art. He currently serves as the director of New York City's Gladstone art gallery, which boasts a list of high profile clients. According to The Cut, he's previously worked with painter Carroll Dunham and Björk’s ex-boyfriend, sculptor Matthew Barney. Before he worked at Gladstone, he worked at Gagosian gallery after he completed his NYU art history degree.
Maroney met Lawrence though a mutual friend.
Lawrence and Maroney were introduced to each other by the actress's best friend, Laura Simpson. “They met through Jen’s friend Laura….The relationship has been going on a few weeks. But they have been very private and careful not to be seen together,” a source told Page Six in June.
He's no stranger to parties.
Maroney is known for attending a fair amount of parties within the art world but does so in moderation and knows his limits. “He’s definitely fun-loving but I wouldn’t say he’s out of control,” a source told The Cut. ”He likes to have fun, a young good New York guy who likes to participate and have fun. When we would hang out, we would definitely drink, we would have fun.”
He's not very into using social media.
Maroney appears totally absent from Facebook and Twitter. At the moment, he only has a private Instagram page that's just shy of 2,000 followers.
He's great at making his new fiancée happy.
While Lawrence and Maroney haven't spoken publicly about their relationship, sources have told tabloids that what they have is exceptional. “She is smiling like I have never seen her do with any of her previous boyfriends,” a source told Peoplein August.
Us Weekly, meanwhile, reported in January that Lawrence and Maroney were very committed. “Things between them are very serious,” a source told the outlet. “They definitely appear to be in it for the long haul.”
Peoplereported in February that the two really work well together. “He’s a great guy,” a source told the outlet. “He’s smart and funny and I think really keeps her on her toes and he doesn’t treat her like a celebrity like the other boyfriends did.”
He and Lawrence are planning an intimate family wedding and already had an engagement party in New York City.
Lawrence and Maroney were photographed out in early May en route to the engagement party they threw for their family and friends in New York City. The appearance came after Peoplereported in April that the couple was seen looking at venues in the city, possibly for that party or their actual wedding ceremony. A source said then that J.Law is a "family girl...I would be surprised if the wedding were not a fairly extensive family affair.”
Page Six got more details on the engagement party: it was held at the River Café in Brooklyn, and the couple rented out the entire restaurant for the party. “It was fabulous!” an insider told the outlet. “There were tables set up everywhere-the dining room, the terrace room and the outdoor patio.” Lawrence's good friend Emma Stone was among the guests, and Page Six reported that food included butlered hors d’oeuvres and Mandarin duck.
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