In news that sure to send Paris Hilton into a tizzy, Britney Spears is said to be dating Benji Madden, Paris’ most recent ex. Paris has a history of going back for seconds with her ex boyfriends, and although she broke up with Benji she’s only stated publicly that they’re taking a break. If In Touch is to be believed, Benji might soon be unavailable to return at Paris’ whim. They claim he’s been enjoying quiet paparazzi-free dates with the divorced mother of two at her home and at a hotel. In Touch has enough details of separate meetings between Britney and Benji to make this sound possible:
In Touch can exclusively reveal that the pop star is now secretly seeing Paris Hilton’s ex-boyfriend, Benji Madden. A friend says that Benji, 29, who split with Paris a month ago, is “perfect for Britney. He’s very attentive and that is exactly what she needs right now.”
“They’ve only been on a few dates, mostly at Britney’s house,” the friend reveals. “But they met once at the Peninsula hotel in Beverly Hills for dinner in a private suite.”
Britney, 27, and Benji were set up in a way that’s only possible in Hollywood – by her manager, Larry Rudolph.
What’s more is that In Touch claims that Britney is using the Tom Cruise and Jennifer Aniston dating strategy of allowing her people to scout out dates for her. The list of potential mates her manager and her dad came up with included Michael Phelps, Benji, and Jesse Metcalfe, with Benji being most open to dating Britney:
After she complained that she was lonely, Larry and her father, Jamie, created a list of potential boyfriends including Benji, Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford, actor Jesse Metcalfe and Olympic swimming champ Michael Phelps….
“Larry made some phone calls and Benji ended up being the most interested in being fixed up.”
[From In Touch, print edition, December 29, 2008]
It’s unclear if all of those guys mentioned were contacted about dating Britney, because In Touch claims some on the list were cut for “various reasons.” They go on to say that Britney isn’t super serious about Benji and is also pursuing a guy in her hometown of Louisiana named Ryan who happens to be the best friend of her sister’s boyfriend, Casey Aldridge.
As much as Paris bugs me and anyone who dates her is suspect, Benji seems like a decent guy who is looking for a long term commitment. I can’t really see him settling down with Britney, and it’s up to question whether this story resembles reality in any way, but they could make a good couple. Britney seems needy and like she’s looking for someone to stick with her while Benji comes off as the type who wants a woman who depends on him. We’ll have to see if we hear more about this supposed new couple and if they go the next step if this story is even true.
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