Lea Michele is finally dating again, nearly a year after her longtime boyfriend, and Glee co-star, Cory Monteith passed away from a drug overdose.
According to PEOPLE, Michele has been seeing aspiring model and actor Matthew Paetz since they met on the set of her music video On My Way in April.
Lea has struggled to cope with Cory’s death, and no one thought she would be re-entering the dating scene so soon. However, according to sources close to Michele, the relationship is currently not serious and is helping her move on from Monteith.
“For a long time, Lea wasn’t close to even thinking about getting into a relationship,” an insider revealed. “Cory’s death was and will continue to be a struggle for her.”
While the sources say that Paetz is a “very sweet and a really great” guy, his past is questionable. According to TMZ, Matthew previously worked as a gigolo for a male escort service called Cowboys4Angels. On the service’s website, Paetz went under the alias “Christian,” however his profile has since been removed. E! News tried to contact the owner Garren James, but he would not comment on Matthew’s employment history.
Despite his past, the sources explain that Paetz would make a great guy for Lea. “He will be great arm candy and he is a very nice guy, and is a lot of fun,” the source said. “He is very into being in a relationship and loves being in one. He is the kind of person who will want to be with that person all the time, but in a good way. And he is a good listener.”
Currently, Lea’s reps have not commented on the relationship.
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