Hollywood hardman Jason Statham has started a new romance with Australian singer/actress SOPHIE MONK - proving he's finally over his failed seven-year romance with British beauty Kelly Brook.

The SNATCH actor was left heart-broken when Brook left him last year (AUG04) to date her THREE co-star Billy Zane.

But the 33-year-old now reveals his life "couldn't be better", after enjoying huge professional success he is now proudly stepping out in Los Angeles with his new girlfriend - who shot to fame in Aussie pop group BARDOT.

A close pal says, "Jason was shocked when Kelly walked out and didn't even have the decency to tell him.

"But he's not so sore now the offers are rolling in and he's seeing Sophie.

"They get on really well and, although it's early days, everyone has noticed how happy he is."