(NEW YORK) -- Russell Brand is going from a California gurl to a spice girl. The Sun quotes a source as saying Brand and Geri Halliwell, aka Ginger Spice, are involved in a “very serious” romance.
The report says Brand fell for Halliwell while they both were attending rehearsals for the closing ceremonies of the London Olympics.
“I’ve got a crush on Geri Halliwell -- everything in the world is how it should be,” Brand said after the finale.
The Sun says the actor dumped Isabella Brewster, the younger sister of Dallas and Fast & Furious actress Jordana Brewster, earlier this month so he could be with Halliwell. Brand and Katy Perry divorced earlier this year.
The Sun reports Brand and Halliwell have gone on a number of dates, including an outing this past weekend that included the 40-year-old Spice Girl’s 6-year-old daughter, Bluebell Madonna.
A close friend of the 37-year-old Brand tells the tabloid, “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.”
The pal continues, “They just clicked -- they have so much in common. He is spending so much more time in London just to be with her.”
Halliwell appears to have changed her view of Brand since an encounter backstage at a 2008 Spice Girls show when she declared, “He’s really funny and intelligent but not the type of man I go for.”
Halliwell said of Brand’s appearance, “I’d love to shave off all that crazy hair.”
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