Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images Photo: Nikki Reed Poses at the Premiere of Red Riding Hood on March 7, 2011

Last week the rumors mills shifted into overdrive with talk that American Idol finalist Paul McDonald was started dating gorgeous Twilight actress Nikki Reed. The two met on the red carpet for the recent premiere of Red Riding Hood. Camera footage shows a glammed-up Nikki leaning in for an awkward hug with Paul, saying he makes her “blush.” Then Paul’s smile became a little wider than usual, when he turned to the cameras and said, “Was that a famous movie actress? I’d hang out with her definitely…” Aww!

Well, true to his unassuming public image, Paul has actually confirmed to the entertainment press that he and Nikki are now dating. None of that “we’re just friends” drama for him! Ahem, yeah, we’re looking at you Pia Toscano and Mark Ballas!

Said Paul during a recent phone press conference, "It's officially true," McDonald said.  "[Nikki] is super cool, man. She's [a] super smart, really cool girl.  I'm happy about it.  We've been hanging out, here and there... You know we're both pretty busy, but it's been fun so far."

Source: AI Now

Credit: You Tube Photo: Paul McDonald Meets His Soon-to-Be-Girlfriend Nikki Reed at the Little Red Riding Hood