The story of Jerry and Shoshanna is probably best told in a “The Game of Love,” published in March of 1994, which is positioned from the perspective of the world having taught itself to accept their romance.
“When Jerry Seinfeld fell for 17-year-old Shoshanna Lonstein, cynics snickered,” the subheadline reads.
On weekend trips to Los Angeles, where he tapes his show, they have eggs and cheesecake with his friends and cast members at Jem’s Famous Deli in Studio City before heading off to spend an afternoon shooting hoops in the park.article, which essentially chronicles the first year of their relationship, continues on with further justifications of the couple’s strange existence from both Seinfeld and Lonstein, as well as unnamed sources “close” to the both of them.
Here is Seinfeld:“When I wasn’t involved with Shoshanna and was seeing several women, then it was awkward,” he says. My interest in her is very proper.”Lonstein is quoted once about the difficulty of dating a celebrity—“I would like my life to be normal and just go about being a student, but these daily obstacles don’t take away from our relationship”—and also cites “a source close to her family” as saying that her parents approve of their relationship (there is no indication that they didn’t).
For months now, Seinfeld and Lonstein have quietly gone about the business of getting to know one another.
And, just a hair shy of 40, he met a woman who would capture his heart: a high school student he picked up one day in Central Park.
Still, Seinfeld returned to Stern’s show soon thereafter for what Schneider calls “spin control,” though he was still obfuscating the details of their early relationship.
Then, returning to the Stern show a month later for another attempt at spin control, he still seemed a bit defensive. “This is the only girl I ever went out with who was that young. We just went to a restaurant, and that was it.” It’s sort of hard to tell what Seinfeld meant here when he says he “wasn’t dating” Lonstein.
“No more.”And yet, the article mostly focuses on Seinfeld’s quest to justify dating a woman 21 years younger than him. Schneider recounts an interview Seinfeld did with Howard Stern, in which Stern, as he would, jokes about Seinfeld being the sort of boogeyman in a windowless van that parents warn little children about.
Howard Stern homed in on the May-August aspect of the relationship when the radio host interviewed his old friend last spring.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.