The 32-year-old actress, who was once engaged to director Brett Ratner, has been dating Dane since earlier this year (04).
And things are so serious between the couple, she's considering bringing her American TV actor beau home to Kentucky to meet her parents next month (SEP04).
Gayheart's dad CURTIS tells America's STAR magazine, "I just spoke with her, and she said she's probably coming next month. She might bring him - if he wants to come.
"I haven't heard anything about marriage, but she's happy now."
And Curtis still thinks highly of his daughter's ex - even if he has been linked to a string of women, including most recently Serena Williams.
He adds, "I really liked Brett. But he's got a thousand girlfriends. He doesn't want just one."19/08/2004 09:20