Peter Andre has a new girlfriend.

The Australian pop star - who has largely remained single since splitting from former wife Katie Price in May 2009 - is said to be "head over heels" for model Elen Rivas after a string of secret dates in the last few months.

A spokeswoman for the pair told BANG Showbiz: "I can confirm that Elen and Peter are in a relationship - no further comment will be made."

A source close to Peter added: "Pete has fallen head over heels for Elen. For him to admit he is seeing her, it must be serious."

Peter and Elen - who previously dated British soccer star Frank Lampard - were spotted enjoying a romantic dinner last night (04.01.11) at London hotel Claridges before getting into a taxi to see stage production 'Flashdance', and the 'Behind Closed Doors' hitmaker has reportedly been gushing about his new love to friends.

He is quoted by the Daily Star newspaper as telling pals: "She is so classy and beautiful, just the change I needed after everything that has happened in the past two years."

Peter's ex-wife Katie has not directly commented on the 37-year-old star's new romance, but admitted she believes 35-year-old Elen to be "nice".

She posted on her twitter page: "One of my best friends Andrew Gould said Elen was nice as they ran the marathon together last year x" (Sic)