Hollywood beauty Rene Zellweger has been romancing Irish singer Damien Rice on a string of secret dates.

The pair reportedly started stepping out shortly after the Bridget Jones star split from her former beau, White Stripes rocker Jack White, last September (04).

But the couple - who are both intensely private - are desperately trying to keep their relationship away from the media spotlight.

A close source says, "Renee and Damien have been seeing each other for a while and they're both really happy.

"Renee is pretty intense and Damien is something of a poet so they're the perfect match.

"They have been seen drinking in an Irish pub together and they certainly looked very cosy but it's early days."

The 35-year-old actress has also been spotted house-hunting in Galway, Ireland, fuelling speculation she now wants a home nearer the CANNONBALL hitmaker.

20/02/2005 10:47