is this flirting?

And Now Kaia Gerber Is Doing Yoga With a Disney Star

Kaia Gerber and Austin Butler Photo-Illustration: The Cut; Photos: Getty Images

Move over, Jacob Elordi and Olivia Jade grabbing coffee; it’s Kaia Gerber and guy hitting a Sunday morning yoga class together. Oh, but there are so many guys out there, you are saying. Which one do we mean? Austin Butler, a former Disney actor set to star in a forthcoming Elvis biopic. Apparently he is Vanessa Hudgens’s ex, and shared a “steamy” kiss with another model, Lily-Rose Depp, this year. Huh! Anyway, he and Kaia Gerber exercised together over the weekend, the Daily Mail reports, with the typical cache of photos to prove it. Ooh la la?

Personally, I’m not so sure: Both parties may be single now — she broke up with Elordi sometime this fall; Butler and Hudgens broke up in winter 2020 — but in the hierarchy of early dating activities, I’m not sure where yoga ranks. It is hard, for example, to talk and get to know one another with an instructor continually shushing you because your chatter is interrupting other participants’ flow. But then, the stars are not just like us, and as I review these pics, I find my brain flashing back to a scene I didn’t know I remembered: Gerber and Elordi strolling the streets of Manhattan in workout clothes, telegraphing togetherness. Also, the Mail notes that Butler drove the pair away from the paps in Gerber’s car. Hmmmmmm.

Is that romantic? I don’t know. I also don’t know if it is necessarily romantic to be out walking your dog with the influencer at the center of the college admissions scandal, as Elordi was seen doing last Sunday, even if said influencer is wearing indoor slippers outside. All I can tell you is that Gerber and Butler “strolled closely down the sidewalk” at a “leisurely pace” after their workout class, per the Mail, hydrating boxed water in hand. Good for them.

And Now Kaia Gerber Is Doing Yoga With a Disney Star