Back in January Lea Michele (Rachel) said she wasn’t “quite ready” to begin dating again after Cory Monteith’s (Finn) death, but if a new report from TMZ is to be believed the 27-year-old actress has been quietly seeing a guy named Matthew Paetz for a few months now. The site claims Lea met Matthew on the set of her “On My Way” music video shoot and she’s purposefully kept the relationship under wraps, though she can be seen with her arm around him at a Memorial Day party in this photo.
On Matthew’s Twitter page he bills himself as a “dating and lifestyle coach”, but the folks at TMZ did a little digging (as they are wont to do) and discovered that Lea’s rumored beau reportedly used to moonlight as a gigolo, which you can hear more about in the video above. Apparently Matthew has been hired by Cowboys4Angels — a site which offers “male companionship” to lonely women and has been featured on the Showtime show, Gigolos.
TMZ says Matthew used the alias “Christian” and they even have a screenshot of his Cowboys4Angels profile, which notes that he charges $350 for one hour, up to $6,000 for a weekend, and a whopping $17,500 for a whole week. Much like his Twitter bio, Mathew’s profile says he is a certified life coach and dating expert, but “massage therapist” is also listed as part of his skill set. Can’t forget that!
Matthew’s Cowboys4Angels profile is now hidden, and although a source tells TMZ that he most recently “took on a client for a weekend during the Stagecoach music festival in April,” he’s been on a hiatus since he began seeing Lea.
Lea hasn’t weighed in on anything (nor has she confirmed that she and Matthew are even an item) but her rep had no comment for TMZ.
As with most TMZ stories we encourage you to take this one with a big grain of salt, but feel free to tell us your thoughts below!