05/25/1999 AT 12:00 AM EDT
London media is reportedly buzzing about 60-year-old Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins spending time with a much younger woman (whom he will not name). Hopkins tells the British press his wife knows of the affair, saying, "We have an understanding." He also says they are not planning a divorce -- yet. But his new lady love apparently should not get her hopes up for a lasting relationship. Hopkins says bluntly, "I don't think I will be with my new lady for a long period of time ... I am not a gregarious person and prefer my own company."