Russell Brand & Geri Halliwell are enjoying a “very serious romance”: great couple?

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Well, well, well. This news shouldn’t be surprising at all, but it is kind of startling in its appropriateness. Here’s a photo (courtesy of Melanie “Scary Spice” Brown’s Twitter page) of Russell Brand peeking out from the middle of the Spice Girls on the night that they all performed at the Olympic Closing Ceremony a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, we can’t see where both of Russell’s hands are, but I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them was somehow on Geri “Ginger Spice” Halliwell’s toned bum because, as it turns out, they’re totally dating each other now.

So far, the evidence is, well, very blurry. As in, there’s a very blurry TwitPic (taken by a bystander) of the two at Hampton Court Palace together. Another bystander is also quoted in a story by the Sun on how loved-up the two looked at the same location. The Sun also includes details about how Geri (years ago) once remarked that Russell, while very smart and hilarious, wasn’t really her type of man because he was too hairy. I guess either she’s lowered her standards, or he’s won her over. She’s allegedly very impressed with his clean-living ways since she herself stopped boozing years ago (probably to lose weight, but it works). Also, they’re age appropriate (he’s 37 and she just turned 40). Russell has previously spoken about how broody he is for children, and Geri’s already got a 6-year-old daughter, Bluebell Madonna. So in other words, it’s on, bitches:

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Russell Brand has dumped his girlfriend to Spice up his love life with pop star Geri Halliwell. The comic fell for Ginger Spice at Olympics closing ceremony rehearsals. Smitten Russell and Geri are sharing a “very serious” romance, close pals have revealed.

The couple have enjoyed a string of dates, including a tour of Hampton Court Palace with Geri’s six-year-old daughter Bluebell Madonna over the weekend.

One close pal of Russell said: “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. People thought Russell was joking at the time, when he said he had a crush on Geri all over again, but it was true. They just clicked — they have so much in common. He is spending so much more time in London just to be with her.”

Russell fell for 40-year-old Geri as both rehearsed for their roles in the glittering closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games. And the pair were seen laughing and joking as they held hands during their private guided tour of Hampton Court last Saturday.

Greg Oram, 37, from Herefordshire, was at the historic venue with his family. He said: “I thought it was the most random thing ever to see Russell Brand of all people in a place like that — until my wife pointed out he was with a Spice Girl. They seemed like they were having a really great time, holding hands and chatting — it was 100 per cent obvious they were a couple. Geri was holding his hand the same way I hold my wife’s. It was so cute.”

Another close friend of Russell said: “He ended his relationship with Isabella Brewster, and is now dating Geri properly. They’ve exactly the same sense of humour and are serious about clean living.” Ex-junkie Russell won his drink and drugs battle a decade ago and Geri has cut out booze.

Russell had reportedly been planning to move in with Isabella. But he met up with Geri as she and the rest of the Spice Girls prepared for the Olympics finalé Russell said after the bash: “I’ve got a crush on Geri Halliwell — everything in the world is how it should be.”

Geri seems to have changed her views on shaggy-headed Brand since an encounter in 2008 — when she declared: “I’d love to shave off all that crazy hair.” Geri said after meeting the bearded comic with her bandmates backstage at a Spice Girls show: “He’s really funny and intelligent but not the type of man I go for.”

Russell went on to marry US singer Katy Perry but within 14 months they had split. After his break-up with Katy, who he has since divorced, Brand reportedly found love with American beauty Isabella Brewster. Last year Geri split from Henry Beckwith, son of millionaire property developer Sir John. The two-year relationship hit the rocks after clean-living Geri complained about his hard-partying ways.

[From Sun UK]

Aww, it’s really too bad that Isabella Brewster (who seemed to share a strange sense of humor with Rusty) had to fall by the wayside, but I kind of doubt she was surprised that Russell didn’t stick around for long. I mean, he never does. Besides, it was already rumored that Rusty was screwing around on Isabella earlier this month, so maybe they weren’t even in an exclusive relationship to begin with. Who knows.

On the one hand, I tend to believe that this romance between Geri and Russell won’t last because he’ll quickly grow bored with shagging just one woman, and she’ll have the mutual itch to get away and go back to her usual yacht-wielding, billionaire type of man. However, the UK press is very excited about this coupling, and bookies have already offered 20/1 for a 2013 marriage for Rusty and Ginger. Hey, more bizarre things could happen.

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  1. paola says:

    Match made in heaven! I don’t like any of them but they seem perfect for each other.

  2. tripmom says:

    That dress is wildly inappropriate for a 40 year old woman. It’s super cute, but it’s WAY too young for her. :(

  3. GiGi says:

    God help me, but I just really like him. I’m reading My Booky Wook right now and he is just a very smart person. I hope the best for him and whomever he’s shagging!

  4. Dirtnap says:

    Slapping head … I need coffee. Obviously. I read half of that article thinking she’s hooking up with Russell CROWE. The whole time, I’m thinking “WTFWTFWTF?!?!” Lol! Russell BRAND makes MUCH more sense. Whew.

  5. Genevieve says:

    Will. NEVER. Happen.

    He’s an admitted sexaholic…one chick will never be enough for him. Plus, in a world where hot twenty-somethings are more than willing to put out for Russell Brand, why would he pick anyone who’s actually age appropriate?

    Amusing…but so much fluff, I think.

  6. Happy21 says:

    She always was my favourite Spice Girl and I have an odd affection for him. I’d love to see it work out for them but I doubt it will just because that’s the way it goes. At least they can have some fun while it lasts :)

  7. Iggles says:

    He’s so gross looking! He isn’t attractive — skinny build and too much hair! (Beard and on his head) I don’t get his appeal at all, honestly.

    I think it’s gross that he’s a manwhore and I don’t think one woman will ever be enough for him. While I genuinely feel for Russell regarding the end of his marriage, I don’t think he should be elevated to sainthood for acknowledging his pain. We don’t know the full story of what happened with Katy, so it’s premature to declare him the wronged party.

    • DaliaMay says:

      I didn’t used to think anything of the man. Then I saw him in Arthur and something just happened. The way that man wore those suits in that movie. *fans self*

      Can’t explain it. Now, I’d give him a baby if he wanted one. I’d give him many. Sometimes it’s just hard to explain attraction.

  8. KellyinSeattle says:

    I’ve never been able to see any redeeming qualities, though someone wrote he’s really smart. But there are lot of smart people who don’t look like Charles Manson.

  9. Ally says:

    Off subject, but Sporty is the most beautiful in the group shot. Love her smile.

  10. ella says:

    LOVE THIS! Am so hoping this is true. And that it lasts.

  11. lilibet says:

    The closing ceremony was only two weeks ago, how can they be in a ‘VERY’ serious romance already?!!

    It won’t last, they are both too intense and fickle!

  12. Michele says:

    There’s a lid for every pot. Doubt it will be a true love forever thing but it will be fun for both while it lasts.

  13. L says:

    Russel needs to stay away from the fame whores. Seriously-Geri is even worse about this than Katy Perry, it’s a horrible match.

    After SG she’s tried and failed to have any kind of career, and basically living off of the good ole’ days. Blech. And with Russel’s rep I worry about a woman who is a 40 year old single parent as his next fling.

    Just a bad idea all around.

  14. Tiffany says:

    You called it Bedhead. They are not going to last because Russell does not have deep enough pockets.

  15. Kosmos says:

    I agree that do not find him attractive at all; I also hear that two very outgoing individuals do not necessarily work well together either, which was a surprise. They can burn each other out eventually, but the relationship starts out, of course, as a positive, but give it time and everything eventually shows up, for better or worse. If he’s truly a sexaholic, who would feel secure with that, unless he’s completely faithful.

  16. Isabel says:

    Uhm.. Couple of days ago there was a story (in a Katy Perry article, about her breaking up with J.Mayer) about Russ cheating on Isabella, something along the lines of him in a car in his pyamas, early in the morning, dropping off a blond girl, while kissing her.
    And now he’s been in a serious relationship for a while with Geri? Kinda weird, since the blonde in car story was only a couple of days ago, after the Olympics (and after he was ‘dating’ Geri, alledgly since the Olympics).
    And Isabella was at the Olympics and in England with him the whole time..
    Yeah, ok.. :O
    This story stinks.

    Tbh, I can’t even find them on the Twitpic.. I also don’t see the daughter. Or I am blind, also possible.

    • Hope says:

      Umm, I’m pretty sure Geri IS the blond from a few weeks ago. It would make sense. The article said he hooked up with the blond on 8/6. They probably started rehearsing for the Olympics in late July. Russell doesn’t like to travel alone, as he stated in his Booky Wook, so he brought Isabella along in case nothing better came along. Then he started rehearsing, met Sexy Spice, and all bets were off. They probably had something brewing for a month now but only went public after he ditched Isabella. Because, you know, it would look bad if she, as a middle-aged mother, were open about being the other woman in the back of Rusty’s car, acting like a whorish teenager *shrugs.* That’s how I see it.

      • Hope says:

        OMG! When did he say he had a crush on Geri?! What day was it?

        OMG AGAIN! The mirror published that quote on 8/14. Rusty was talking about the Olympics closing ceremony too. Sooo, they were secretly hooking up for at least a week, if not two, and Russell was comfortable enough about the situation to not keep his trap shut; he knew it would only be a matter of time even then, so he left a little, albeit seemingly harmless at the time, hint. But it does seem super suspect now. Why not baby spice? Why not scary, or sporty? The man doesn’t have one type, why single out only one of five gorgeous women? I am so right. I love it when I’m right.

      • Bette says:

        @Hope – the article implied he was with a blonde on 8/6 in LA, not London, because it mentioned him being in his Range Rover, and he doesn’t have that car in London. So there’s no way that the blonde from 8/6 (if there even was one) is Geri. He didn’t start rehearsing for the Olympics (and therefore being around Geri) until he went to London on around 8/8.

        This whole thing seems impossible to pin down as far as what’s true and what isn’t. The only things that are for sure are — he went to London with Isabella on or about 8/8, and she was pictured with him for a couple days but that’s it. He did the Olympics thing on 8/12. Sometime in the last few days (8/25 ish) he & Geri were seen at a museum in London. There’s no way of knowing if maybe they’re just friends, or having a fling, or possibly seriously dating as the “sources” claim. I guess we’ll have to wait and see!

    • Isabel says:

      Oh my bad, I could have sworn the blonde lady thing was after the Olympics:O (The article was after the Olympics, but the meeting was before, didn’t check the date close enough xD)
      Sorry people!
      @Bette: completely agree, I don’t understand it anymore xD

  17. skuddles says:

    I like Brand well enough but can’t help but think he’s a bit of a star-f*cker… the only babes he seems to get serious with are the famous ones. He’s not after their money obviously… so maybe he gets off on the fame factor?

    • Bette says:

      I love him but I think you’re right, at least to some extent. I think he is secretly insecure and feels validated by being with women who are famous and desirable. It’s not about the money, it’s about wanting to think of himself as someone that can snag a sought-after girlfriend. As many women as he’s been with, only a few have been famous … and I think he’s dazzled and starstruck when that happens.

      • Huh? says:

        What? I think that Geri has an album dropping at the end of the year and she needs press. It worked for no personality Perry to be associated with him. For whatever reason, if a woman hooks up with Brand that makes her sexually desirable, like if a lothario who can f*ck whatever he wants chases after her then she’s desirable. As for Russell, he did the same thing. Who the he*l can separate what his psychology is when his number one motivation is his career which is directly related to who he lets himself be photographed with. I think the rule with him is for every 1 girl he is seen with over a two month period, there are about 10-15 he is banging that you don’t see. I don’t want to sound like a b*tch but I don’t think Geri is seen as desirable or all that likeable or even famous anymore. She seems like another obnoxious vacuous vocally challenged pop star. The idea of them together is just like here we go again…Let’s just say that IF (very big if) he can stay faithful to a woman long enough to handle another marriage and a few kids, she’d have to be a pretty strange lady, and Geri is not that mythical lady. Isn’t the deal with her that she’s a commitment phobe who also is really clingy and psycho, which is also sort of like Brand? I wouldn’t be surprised if he got a tap on the shoulder from his management and this is really all just a bit of business between friends.

      • Bette says:

        @Huh?: When I referred to Geri as being desirable and sought after, I meant in comparison to someone who’s not famous at all, like Isabella Brewster and some of the others Russell has dated lately. I realize Geri isn’t at the top of the fame ladder by any means at this stage, but I still think, in Russell’s mind, she is somehow more worth sacrificing his freedom for than a non-famous girl. It has some cachet, to him, to date a pop star. But I don’t view it as cynically as you — I don’t think he is calculatedly dating famous women to boost his career. He’s not really that kind of person (especially now as he’s gotten older). I think of it more as a psychological insecurity he has, where dating someone like Geri who is something of a pop icon in the UK, makes him feel validated. But that’s just my opinion.

  18. Huh? says:

    Bette: Didn’t really mean I think that Russell was dating Geri for his career. If anything he’s downgrading majorly. It’s the equivalent of dating an even more unlikeable version of Katy Perry. It just invalidates everything intelligent he has to say. I just think they’re friends and she has an album coming out and he is doing her a big favour. Who knows, maybe he is attracted to her and wants to pursue some kind of long term relationship, but I doubt it. I just think in general he likes being photographed with pretty youngish women because it makes him seem appealing and he likes the company and he likes hanging around with famous people because it leads to more interesting stories for his stand up. You’re probably right about the cachet idea, I didn’t consider it in quite that way. Maybe it’s a generational thing because I’m a bit young to even think of Geri as a pop star, she’s just sort of this annoying d-list QVC type celebrity who has weird relationship drama and sells crap like books and whatever else she sells. Anyway, just thought I’d say I totally agree with you after reading your follow up. I’m sure she’s fun and interesting and everything, but I really see Russell as someone who wants to keep doing the groupie thing for a few more years and that just wouldn’t go well with Geri for very long if they’re really in it for real.

  19. KiKi says:

    Russell Brand “Mr. Champagne Socialist” with Tory darling “Thatcher was the Original Spice Girl” Halliwell? She is a fascist and so is he. He’s a sickening hypocrite. Making money by humouring the plebs. Both of them are disgusting.