Is Russell Brand dating Spice Girls singer Geri Halliwell?
The two British celebrities have not commented on recent romance rumors, sparked by reports by The Sun and The Daily Mail. The UK newspapers said the pair became closer after the 2012 Summer Olympic Games Closing Ceremony on August 12, which took place almost a month after Brand's divorce from Katy Perry was finalized.
Both Brand and the Spice Girls performed at the event and group member Melanie Brown Tweeted a photo of the women with the comedian. Halliwell, whose nickname is Ginger Spice, and Brand are pictured standing together in the top right corner.
The Daily Mail reported that Brand and Halliwell have "been spotted on several dates together since hooking up at the sporting extravaganza." The newspaper added that the two and Halliwell's daughter, Bluebell, spent time together near Hampton Court Palace last weekend.
However, The Daily Mail also quoted a source close to Halliwell as saying the singer and Brand are "just friends and have been out a few times, there's not much else to add at this stage."
The Sun published a grainy photo of two people resembling them standing together and quoted what it says is a "close pal" of Brand as saying that the 37-year-old comedian and actor and Halliwell, 40, "really got to know each other during the Olympics" and that "things are getting very serious between them - they're a proper couple now."
The tabloid added that Brand "ditched" his girlfriend Isabella Brewster earlier this month so he could be with Halliwell. She has also not commented. She is also still friends with Brand on Twitter.
A man in London with no connection to Brand or the Spice Girl had Tweeted on August 22: "Just jogged past a very tall Russell Brand and a very short Geri Halliwell. Love the Heath."
He later added that the two were "just walking and chatting liked friends. No funnily business (sic)."
Hampstead Heath is a popular park in north London. Halliwell has been photographed and spotted jogging there several times in the past. Brand and then-girlfriend Perry were pictured walking and sledding in the snow in the park in December 2009. They wed in October 2010 and he filed for divorce from the 27-year-old singer last December. It was finalized in mid-July.