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Kristin Chenoweth Dating Former "Bachelor" Star Jake Pavelka 

David Livingston/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kristin Chenoweth, who is 44, has a new man in her life -- former Bachelor star Jake Pavelka, who is 10 years her junior, reports  Chenoweth admitted, "We have been spending a little time together."  The couple met at an event in October, and have been seeing each other ever since.

Earlier this year, Chenoweth suffered a head injury in July while shooting The Good Wife.  She said, "I am doing so much better but I think it slowed me down and I've realized life is short. I want to do things that make me happy."  Chenoweth is currently rehearsing to co-host the American Country Awards with Trace Atkins.  The awards will air live from Las Vegas Monday, Dec. 10 on Fox.

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Kristin Chenoweth Leaving "The Good Wife"

David Livingston/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kristin Chenoweth will not be returning to her recurring role on CBS’ The Good Wife.

After sustaining a head injury during filming in New York last July, she has decided to leave the show in order to fully recover.

"It is with deep regret to inform everyone that due to my injuries, I am unable to return to The Good Wife at this time.  Getting better slowly and thank you everyone for your concern," she said in a statement provided to ABC News by her publicist.

Chenoweth will still appear on the show's Sept. 30. premiere, kicking off its fourth season. Her rep confirmed that she "may return in the future but right now she needs more time to heal."

Chenoweth was injured filming a scene for The Good Wife in Brooklyn when, "a gust of wind blew a lighting silk out of place striking actress Kristin Chenoweth," CBS said in a statement in July.

A witness said Chenoweth was hit "square in the head" and was "knocked out cold," according to TMZ.

As of July 12, Chenoweth had been released from the hospital and was at home recovering.

Chenoweth, 43, won a Tony Award for her role in Broadway’s You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and an Emmy Award for her work on Pushing Daisies. She also appeared in the Broadway box office smash-hit Wicked from 2003-04.

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Kristin Chenoweth: Christian and Gay Rights Supporter

David Livingston/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kristin Chenoweth is a study in contradictions.

The diminutive songstress who played a high school dropout on Glee and originated the role of Glinda in Wicked is just as comfortable talking about her Christian faith as she is her support for gay rights.

In a recent interview with The Advocate, she explained how she can hold both dear to her heart.

“I read my Bible and I pray and all of that. I really do,” she told the gay-interest publication. “But at the same time, I don’t think being gay is a sin. Period.”

Chenoweth, 43, who grew up in Oklahoma’s Bible Belt, cited her grandmother as inspiration.

“My [gay] best friend -- I’ve talked about him many times -- his name’s Denny. I asked my Grandma Chenoweth, ‘How can it be that he’s going to hell? I just don’t think that correct.’ And she said, ‘Well, Kris, I read the Bible like I eat fish: I take the meat, and it serves me well, but I don’t choke on the bone.’"

Asked how she would respond to people who cite their Christian beliefs as the basis for discrimination against gays, she said with a laugh, “I would ask, ‘What would Jesus do?’ It sounds so cliché and Pollyannaish, but I have a feeling if he were on the earth today, he wouldn’t be walking around saying, “You’re going to hell” and “You’re wrong, you’re wrong, you’re wrong.” I think he’d be accepting and loving.”

Using her tiny stature as an example, she said, “What would I do if it was a sin to be short? That’s the way God made me, so what could I do? Let’s see, I could wear heels, I could tease my hair, and maybe on a good day I could be 5’1". But the bottom line is, I’m 4’11″ and that’s the way I was put together. And that’s what I believe about homosexuals."

“And I love, love that this has become a purpose in my life. It’s one that I didn’t ever expect,” she added.

Even when straddling the line has cost her.

When Chenoweth was named a spokeswoman in 2005 for a Women of Faith concert in Oklahoma City, promoters demanded her resignation upon learning about her pro-gay stance through an appearance on The 700 Club, which, ironically, upset many of her gay fans. When Chenoweth refused to step down, Women of Faith fired her. Chenoweth told The Advocate it was the saddest moment in her professional life.

And last year, after calling Newsweek writer Ramin Setoodeh’s column about whether gay actors can play straight “horrendously homophobic,” Chenoweth received an online backlash from some disappointed fans.

But she hasn’t let any of it slow her down. With her fourth album, Some Lessons Learned, due out Sept. 13 and a new show on the horizon, ABC’s Good Christian Belles, Chenoweth plans to keep walking her talk. She’s already discussed with Belles creator Robert Harling having her character reflect her own personal struggles.

“There are always people of faith that battle this and think that it’s wrong. I’ve struggled with that. You might see that on the show,” she said. “It makes me happy.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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