Pop star Sophie Ellis Bextor has found new love with rock musician RICHARD JONES - just one week after splitting from long-term lover manager ANDY BOYD.

The peroxide blonde singer, 24, was spotted enjoying a romantic meal with session player Richard, also 24, earlier this week (ends19SEP03), before they spent the night together at his West London home.

TAKE ME HOME singer Sophie and Richard have also been seen walking hand-in-hand near her $640,000 (GBP400,000) apartment in Notting Hill, London, as well as kissing and cuddling in the backs eat of a taxi.

However, Richard says, "Sophie and I are friends. We have been for a while. I am doing what mates do for each other when they are going through a tough time, and that is lend a bit of support."

21/09/2003 21:01