The couple have been secretly dating for a while, but their romance hit the public eye when Zellweger asked the shy singer to accompany her to the Oscars last month (27FEB05).
Instead, Rice preferred to keep a low profile and stayed in Zellweger's Los Angeles mansion watching the event on TV as she took to the red carpet.
And Rice, whose ballads feature in hit movie CLOSER, hasn't left the Texan beauty's side since.
A source tells British newspaper the DAILY MIRROR, "He's been staying with her since February, but it's all very low key. They have been totally avoiding the whole LA party scene, keeping themselves to themselves."
A friend adds, "It definitely looks serious."
Zellweger split from her previous beau, WHITE STRIPES singer Jack White, last year (04).09/03/2005 14:37