It seems Russell Brand made an impression with the Spice Girls at the Olympics closing ceremony last month - well, one of them anyway. Reports this week suggested the British comedian is dating Geri Halliwell, after the pair were spotted together in Hampstead, North London and at Hampton Court Palace.
A friend of the singer says they are "just friends who have been out a couple of times", though a source told the UK's Sun newspaper, "Things are getting very serious between them - they're a proper couple now. They had met several times in the past, but really got to know each other during the Olympics". Geri recently admitted she was in the market for a new man, telling Hello Magazine, "Right now there's nothing serious. I was a late starter on the romantic front. I didn't start dating until I was in my 30s.I quite like having somebody to cuddle. I like that intimacy, it would be wonderful". Brand has been linked to a string of women since his divorce from Katy Perry - including Isabella Brewster. He met Perry at the MTV Video Music Awards in September 2009, marrying her in a lavish ceremony in India before the relationship quickly broke down.
Halliwell - who recently appeared as a guest judge on The X Factor - ended her three year romance with ex-boyfriend Henry Beckwith last September.