Quentin Tarantino is finally settling down. According to ET Online, the legendary writer-director asked longtime girlfriend Daniela Pick to be his wife on June 30th. “It’s true,” Pick told YNetNews, “We’re very happy and very excited.”He and Pick have been dating for eight years.
The news was announced by The Times of Israel, and was subsequently confirmed by the Twitter account of the New Beverly Cinema movie theater in Los Angeles, which Tarantino owns. To learn more about Pick, and her relationship with the Pulp Fiction mastermind, here are five fast facts you need to know.
1. They Met At the Israel Premiere of ‘Inglorious Basterds’ in 2009
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pick first met Tarantino in 2009, when he was in Israel promoting the film Inglorious Basterds. A romance was sparked between them, but it would ultimately fizzle out by 2012, when Tarantino announced he was in a high profile relationship with actress and longtime collaborator Uma Thurman.
He and Pick would get back together in 2016. Page Six reports that things were getting serious between the two as early as March, when Tarantino was said to have given her a ring and a necklace as a token of his love. “Daniela promised to keep this a secret,” said an inside source, “but she couldn’t help blabbing to her friends.”
2. Pick Is An Israeli Singer Known for Her Single ‘Hello Hello’
Pick is primarily known as a pop singer in her native Israel. She started her career alongside her sister Sharona in the early 2000s, and the duo scored numerous hits including “Tamid Ola Hamangina”, “Shuv Hageshem”, “Zot Ahava”, and “Baby”, according to Last.fm. Their most popular single, “Hello Hello”, participated in KDAM Eurovision, a national Israeli Song Contest in 2005. You can watch their performance of “Hello Hello” above.
The duo, known as The Pick Sisters, split up the following year, and Pick has since pursued a solo career. Her more recent material has included English crossovers like “More or Less,” “Love Me”, and the dance song “Yalla Yalla.” In 2009, Pick was featured on the compilation album Sometimes Dreams Come True. You can listen to and buy the album by clicking here.
3. Tarantino Has Been Romantically Involved With Several Celebrities
Since rising to fame in the 1990s, Tarantino has been romantically involved with a number of celebrities– particularly those in Hollywood. In 1995, shortly after the release of Pulp Fiction (1994), he dated comedian Kathy Griffin. According to Zimbio, however, the two never slept together, and Griffin later called the director a “pretty freaky guy.” Tarantino went on to date Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino from 1996-98, actress Vivica A. Fox in 2002 (during production of the film Kill Bill, Vol. 1), and fellow director Sofia Coppola from 2003-04.
After Tarantino’s initial split from Pick in 2012, he continued to date within the industry, and was seen with writer Lian Spiderbaby and his longtime “muse” Uma Thurman. The latter relationship was passed off as a fling for both parties, however, as Thurman told E! Online “Our relationship is pretty much what it’s always been; people are just having fun with it.”
In an interview with Elle Magazine in 2009, Tarantino was asked what he thought every women he’s dated could agree upon about him. His response: “Probably that I’m sweet, and I mean well, but also that relationships with me are slightly problematic because I was an only child. I think people who grow up with brothers and sisters learn how to be alone while they’re with other people. I never learned how to do that. So I’m fully with people when I’m with them and giving to them until all of a sudden I can’t give anymore. ”
4. Pick’s Father Svika Is a Famous Singer & Composer
While Pick has seen success as a pop singer, it is her father Svika Pick who’s hailed as a legendary musical figure in Israel. He and his ex-wife Mirit Shem-Or collaborated on countless hit songs in the 1960s, including “Mary Lou,” which Pick wrote about her. They are now divorced, but they continue to collaborate artistically. “Mary Lou” would go on to become the inspiration for a stage musical and a television series of the same name. It remains Pick’s most famous composition.
In addition to his songwriting, Pick was also one of Israel’s leading pop singers, and would go on to play a leading part in the Hebrew version of Hair in 1970. In recent years, Pick found success with a new generation as a contestant on the aforementioned show KDAM Eurovision. He participated in the competition seven times, and later wrote the winning song “Diva,” which was sung by Dana International in 1998.
When asked about his daughter’s engagement to Tarantino, Pick told Daily Mail “There is joy in our family. We have wished them masel tov.”
5. Tarantino Previously Stated That He Wouldn’t Get Married Until He Retired
Tarantino’s engagement to Pick may come as a shock to those who follow his career closely. The filmmaker has been very vocal in the past about his romantic life taking a backseat to his creative life– at least, until he decides to retire. In an interview with GQ in 2009, Tarantino elaborated on this lifestyle: “Here’s the thing, when I’m doing a movie, I’m not doing anything else. It’s all about the movie. I don’t have a wife. I don’t have a kid. Nothing can get in my way. The whole f**king world can go to hell and burst into flames. I don’t care. This is my life. It’s Mount Everest.”
Later in the interview, he says “I’m not saying that I’ll never get married or have a kid before I’m 60. But I’ve made a choice so far, to go on this road alone Because this is my time.” It appears that Pick has since changed Tarantino’s mind, as the filmmaker is currently 54 and in the midst of writing his next film.
As for children, Page Six reports that the couple are still deciding where they stand. An Tarantino insider claims that “He wants [to be married] for a few years and then have children. She wants a baby now. She doesn’t want to wait.” The insider adds that “Her family is pressuring her because her sister has children and she has to catch up,” said my source. “She tells Quentin her clock is ticking.”