In recent days, reports have circulated online that DiCaprio donated $10 million to an organisation to benefit Ukraine, which those reports said was his grandmother's native country. Neither the donation nor DiCaprio's heritage were accurate, a person close to the actor said on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorised to speak publicly about the matter.
DiCaprio has, however, donated to the humanitarian groups International Rescue Committee, Care International, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Save the Children in support of Ukraine, the person close to DiCaprio said. No dollar amounts were provided.
In 2010, DiCaprio, an outspoken environmental advocate and messenger for peace for the UNHCR, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin for a St Petersburg conference on the endangered Siberian tiger.
Other celebrities also showing support to Ukraine
"I am pledging to donate my earnings from the fall 2022 shows to aid those suffering from the war in Ukraine, as well as continuing to support those experiencing the same in Palestine. Our eyes and hearts must be open to all human injustice. May we all see each other as brothers and sisters, beyond politics, beyond race, beyond religion. At the the end of the day, innocent lives pay for war — not leaders," Hadid posted on Instagram, saying she was inspired by fellow model Mica Arganaraz.
Last month, the pair announced they were matching all donations to the UNHCR, benefitting Ukrainians who were fleeing their homes for safety.
"When you donate, we’ll match it up to $1,000,000, creating double the support," Reynolds and Lively shared on their social media accounts, along with a link to the UNHCR's donation page.
— Additional reporting by the Associated Press