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Russell Brand Spotted
With New Girlfriend,
Alessandra Balazs

Splash News

Russell Brand has a new girlfriend, hotel heiress Alessandra Balazs, and things have gotten so serious so quickly that he recently took her back to England for a quick visit.

The couple were spotted arriving at Heathrow airport after flying in from LA on May 15 and an eyewitness tells In Touch that the Rock of Ages actor was in a good mood. “He seemed happy, chatting to the meet-and-greet guy at the airport and cracking a few jokes,” the eyewitness reveals. “But he and Alessandra weren’t super affectionate with each other, maybe because there were photographers around.”

Russell, 38, and Alessandra, who’s the daughter of hotelier Andre Balazs and former Ford Models CEO Katie Ford, were first spotted out at lunch in Venice, CA, in April but things have heated up between them since then.

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Alessandra, 23, is a former actress turned hotelier who works for her dad, helping him run the Spin LA ping-pong club in the Standard Hotel and she splits her time between New York and LA. The couple have reportedly being flying across the country regularly to see each other.

Russell, a former sex addict who divorced Katy Perry last year, says in a new interview with Esquire magazine in the UK that being married wasn’t easy, but he liked it.

“I live a life where I have a lot of freedom, so if I meet someone and I go, ‘Right, let’s be monogamous,’ that’s a f***ing change,” he says. “But I tried it and I loved it. I really think [Katy’s] a lovely, beautiful person. It’s just hard, isn’t it? She’s got a lot of options, I’ve got a lot of options, so you’ve got to really, really want it.”