Lea Michele has reportedly found love with a former professional gigolo, Matthew Paetz.
According to a report from TMZ Wednesday, the 27-year-old “Glee” actress has been dating her new beau, a previous employee of the paid companionship website Cowboys4Angels, for the past few months. “She has very consciously kept the relationship on the down low,” reported the gossip site.
While the Paetz’s profile on the escort site is no longer active, TMZ is reporting that the actress’ 29-year-old boyfriend, who worked under the alias “Christian,” was a known working companion for females. Classified as a bi-coastal certified life coach, model, dating expert and massage therapist, Paetz charged $350 for a one-hour appointment and up to $17,500 for several days of company.
Thankfully for Michele, Paetz has reportedly ceased working for the site since beginning his courtship with the actress after meeting on the set of her music video “On My Way” in late May. “Matthew most recently took on a client for a weekend during the Stagecoach music festival in April,” TMZ reported. “He’s gone on hiatus since he started dating Lea.”
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Michele is best known for previously being linked to her late “Glee” co-star, Cory Monteith. The actress had been dating Monteith for two years when he passed away in July at the age of 31 from a heroine and alcohol overdose in a Vancouver hotel room.
While Michele has yet to publicly comment on her rumored new romance, an insider close to the actress told HollywoodLife in January that she's open to the possibility of finding a new love. “She is at the point where she wants to test the waters,” a source said. “Lea doesn’t have anyone in particular in mind to date, but she would welcome the chance to fall in love again.”