Katharine McPhee on David Foster: ‘We’ve been friends for a long time’

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American Idol alum and actress (Smash, #neverforget) Katharine McPhee and music producer David Foster have been romantically linked since at least September and they’re still going strong. They were spotted together in West Hollywood on Monday night and caught a LA Lakers basketball game on Sunday. A game attendee who saw the couple told E! News that “They seemed to be having fun. They were chatting with the people in the seats next to them.” The source added that he or she “Didn’t see them kiss or hold hands but [they] certainly seemed like they were into each other and the game.”

Katharine is 33. David is 68. I’m (as always) not saying anything about the age difference, as I believe it’s really just a number. It’s no secret that Katharine likes older men – her ex-husband, Nick Coker, is 52, so it’s not completely absurd for her to be dating David. The two share a love of music, so I can totally see them enjoying each other’s company. An insider recently told US Magazine that the two were “casually dating,” noting, “They are just having fun right now, but they have such a great chemistry and really connect organically on so many levels. There is potential for things to escalate in the future. They were working together and things blossomed as they worked closer with one another.”

Katharine is on the cover of the December issue of Health magazine. She talks body confidence, admitting that she’s “really loving” her abs right now, confesses that she’d love to work out with Khloé Kardashian and admits to indulging in the occasional slice of pizza or glass of red wine. When it comes to her love life, Katharine, who insists “I’m pretty single,” had this to say about dating and her relationship with David:

On what she’s looking for in a relationship:
Someone’s who’s spontaneous and adventurous, who’s ready to just go do something—or let you go do it at the drop of a hat. I’m so independent now; I wasn’t really that independent when I was in my 20s, so I need to be with someone who has their own life.

On the rumors she’s dating David, helped along by his daughter Erin who called the couple “my parents” on an Instagram post in September:
So we were sitting there at the table, and she said, “Do you wanna, like, do a thing?” And I was like, “OK.” So I mean, we were in on it. She’s so funny — I mean, you saw what she wrote about “my parents.” Truly, you think that’s how she’d announce it? On Instagram?

On her relationship with David, in a nutshell:
We’re very close friends, and we’ve been friends for a long time. I’m really, really fond of him, and I think he’s an incredible person. I’ve known him since I was 21 years old, you know? He produced my first single. So he’s been really good to me. People can say whatever they want.

[From Health Magazine]

For his part, David, who has been married four times (wife number three was Linda Thompson, whom you may know better as the mother of Brody and Brandon Jenner), isn’t afraid to give marriage another go. The 68-year-old told PEOPLE that “It’s quite obvious by my track record that I love being married, so I wouldn’t say no to being married again. I like the concept, I’m just not that good at it.” (You and me both, David.)

However, there have been accusations that this relationship is fabricated to help get David a follow-up to his previous reality outing, The Princes of Malibu (which starred his stepsons Brody and Brandon). The accusations, made by a source to RadarOnline also point to Katharine reviving her singing career with the lead role in a proposed Betty Boop musical and a new pop album, which David is allegedly helming. I don’t think that latter accusation has any legs, as the Betty Boop musical has been floating around, unproduced, for years.

Whatever the reasons for their union, it appears they’re enjoying each other’s company, so let’s just leave it at that for the moment.
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  1. Handwoven says:

    A solid “meh”. I’d be much more worried about her history of picking jerks than the age difference.

  2. RBC says:

    “Katherine would like to work out with Khloe Kardashian” . That family has managed to get itself so intangled with Hollywood and the entertainment business. Is there anyone left in the business not connected with that family?

    • Nancy says:

      David is two of the Jenner brothers stepfather, and they are Kendall and Kylies stepbrothers. It all seems so normal in their world. Katherine just wants to be in there somewhere. I only remember her from being runner up on American Idol, which kind of sums up her life.

      • Nancy says:

        I feel I wrote that wrong, still very much not awake. Brody and Brandon are the brothers of Kendall and Kylie. My bad.

      • minx says:

        I had to think about that for a minute too…Brandon and Brody are Linda Thompson’s sons, Kylie and Kendall are PMK’s.

      • Olive says:

        @Nancy David is not the Jenner boys’ stepfather anymore, he hasn’t been in a long time. He was when he was married to their mother Linda (wife #3), but they’re long divorced as he married Yolanda (wife #4) after that marriage ended.

        David Foster is, however, the brother of the woman who is Clay Aiken’s baby mama. Lesser known trivia!

      • Lyla says:

        @olive yeah he’s not their stepfather anymore, but it looks like they are still on good terms. The Jenner boys were at his birthday dinner (saw it on Erin’s Instagram).

  3. Alissa says:

    my fiance is just under 11 years older than me, so I do understand the appeal of dating an older man. I have to be honest though, I don’t think I would be able to commit to someone who was older than my father. I feel like life experience would just be way too different.

  4. Talie says:

    She’s had better staying power than I would’ve imagined. I liked her on Idol though…that was a great season, probably the best one.

    • lucy2 says:

      Yeah I think she’s a regular on a CBS show. That’s more than many of the Idol contestants managed to do.
      68 and 33 is way too much a difference, IMO.

    • Bridget says:

      It turns out that it helps your career when you cultivate friendships with older, powerful men.

    • Olive says:

      that was the only season I followed and it was a really great one! I did not like her on the show at all though, lol. I was rooting for Elliott Yamin.

    • She’s regular on “Scorpion” and she does a pretty decent job there.

  5. MMC says:

    I’ve read that David Foster had the same perspective as Clint Eastwood re: the reality shows. They begrudgingly supported their spouses who wanted to do them but they weren’t the drivers behind it. Watched one episode of the Princes of Malibu and David Foster did not at all seem to want/enjoy screen time (and wanted the 2 boys to get a job).

  6. Bridget says:

    She is such a piece of work. No thank you. And those Instagram pics Erin Foster put up we’re pretty clearly not a joke that McPhee was in on, especially since she and David Foster are definitely dating.

    • Olive says:

      What photos? Link or explanation of the story??

      • Bridget says:

        Lol, it’s the Instagram photos that McPhee is referencing above. Erin Foster, who is David’s daughter, put a couple of pictures on Instagram up of Katherine and David at an event (like a gala) performing together and the caption was something along the lines of “my new mommy”. Erin is 35. Katherine is 33. It was funny, and now McPhee is trying to play it off like she’s in on the joke, which I really don’t think is the case (Erin Foster is really snarky, in a good way).

  7. Myhairisfullofsecrets says:

    They’re both consenting adults. He certainly wouldn’t be my choice for a man but they seem happy. Good for them.

  8. Pix says:

    He creeps me out. His eternal boyhood makes me want to gag. McPhee has always seemed to have a questionable romantic streak – didn’t she beak up a family a few years ago? Maybe it was her own. Either way, I hope she enjoys he crotchety 70 year old who still thinks he’s 25.

  9. Louise says:

    He seemed to be dating Liz Hurley over the summer?

  10. Sunny says:

    No mention of Yolanda anywhere??

  11. Nilber says:

    I love her in Scorpion. To each their own I suppose.

  12. elle says:

    So he was stepfather to the Jenner boys and the Hadid girls, right?

    Not that that means anything, just trying to figure out the Six Degrees of PMK.

  13. Molly says:

    This is a map of all the David Foster marriages and kid connections. It’s a very impressive web of Hollywood’s most high profile.
    https://media.vanityfair.com/photos/5894d7c61eeeaa1f3b7f5f9a/master/w_900,c_limit/keeping-up-with-the-fosters-final.png

  14. lascivious chicken says:

    The jokes he made about Yolanda’s breasts before and after her implant removal surgery told me all I need to know about him. Date whoever you want as long as it’s not garbage person David Foster.

  15. Joannie says:

    Theyre both consenting adults. Whatever!

  16. Redgrl says:

    “They connect organically on so many levels..,” oh, darlings, how pretentious! But I do like that dress with the circles…

  17. Blackbetty says:

    I’m almost as old as her and I like older guys. But not that old!

  18. Geekychick says:

    oh, come ON. I’m not blind. yes, she is not “dating” Foster bc that dating is also a bussiness arrangement. it’s the same thing that gave her “that staying power”. he’s a pretty big shot in music, she is mediocre singer who wants more succes. Let’s call it like it is.