Insiders are putting two and two together about the pop diva's emerging relationship.
With this weekend's release of Burlesque, the diva-tastic film isn't the only thing in the spotlight. Enter the ever-unfolding love life of its star Christina Aguilera, and it's clear the drama has its place off-screen as well. Just a few weeks after announcing her split from music producer Jordan Bratman, Xtina is stepping out with a new man: Matthew Rutler, a production assistant she met on set.
The pair hit the town several times this week - holding hands no less, and finally putting those pesky Benji Madden and Sam Ronson rumors to rest (for now, anyway). Xtina and Matthew were spotted at both the American Music Awards and the finale of Dancing with the Stars (where she performed her song "Show Me How You Burlesque" from the soundtrack). On Wednesday, they also hit up famed West Hollywood gay bar The Abbey, with Xtina holding a rose apparently gifted by her new beau. Cher To Christina Aguilera: 'Husbands Come And Go'
Yet many are speculating that this budding relationship is nothing new; in fact, the two may have even begun an affair during filming. Paparazzi shots surfaced of the two hanging out together as early as February, and rumors were quick to follow. The fact that the couple validated the buzz this week has only fueled the fire!
Jordan has yet to publicly comment, but we’re guessing there won’t be a friendly Leann Rimes-style well wishing on Twitter anytime soon – especially if the iron-clad prenup and Xtina's request for denial of spousal support are any indication. (Not to mention this isn't the first alleged affair on Christina’s part - music mogul Dallas Austin claimed that the two had a dalliance back in 2007 and that Bratman was well-aware.) Did Christina Aguilera Have An Open Marriage?
Yet the former couple will likely stay in some form of contact, as they’ll be sharing custody of 2-year-old son Max.
According to PopCrunch, Christina stated, “Although Jordan and I are separated, our commitment to our son Max remains as strong as ever." Let's hope they can play nice and make good on it for his sake!
And as for her "commitment" to Matthew? Stay tuned...