R&B singer Ciara has reportedly broke things off with rumored off-and-on again boyfriend/rapper 50 Cent after the G-Unit head honcho made headlines recently for being romantically linked with comedian Chelsea Handler.
According to an inside source, Ciara is now hooked up with New York Knicks basketball star Amar’e Stoudemire.
It won’t be a lonely Valentine’s Day for Ciara this year. The 25-year-old singer has taken a page out of pal Kim Kardashian‘s playbook and is dating a new NBA baller beau. So who’s the guy? And what does E! funnygal Chelsea Handler have to do with the budding romance? Ciara has recently begun seeing 28-year-old New York Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire. “They’re keeping it on the DL, but they are dating,” a source tells us of the couple, who just recently took their friendship to the next level about a month ago. According to our source, Ciara, who has been dating rapper 50 Cent on and off for much of last year, officially cut off contact with the hip-hop star when he began hanging out with Handler. “When that Chelsea stuff started, she pulled away from him,” adds the source. (E! Online)
After speculation suggesting Ciara was dating 50 hit the Internet in 2007, she later denied the gossip.
“I’m single,” she said recently, after a taping of “TRL” in the MTV studios. “It’s a process. At this point, I’m learning more about myself. I have moments when I’m like, it would be great to have somebody there. Then I have moments when I say, ‘I’m 21 and I’m single and I have to enjoy myself.’ But I am one person who enjoys love. I love love. I’m looking forward to that day when Prince Charming is in my life. I know it sounds cheesy. But one of my goals is to have a solid family and have kids.” (MTV)
Earlier this month, comedian Chelsea Handler killed rumors of her and 50 being an item.
“People still think we’re dating? No! Really?,” Handler said in an interview. “He’s sweet, though. I love him, but we’re not dating. I don’t know if I can handle him, to be honest. I like to have fun and I’m really trying to not get into anything too serious.” (Us Magazine)
Along with Ciara, Amar’e Stoudemire has recently been rumored to be dating model Amber Rose.
“I mean, we friends,” Amar’e told radio host Angie Martinez when asked about his relationship with Rose. “We’re pretty good friends. She’s a buddy of mine. It all depends on what you call dating. I think we’re not dating, we’re friends. We’re buddies, we’re mutual friends. She’s a cool girl to talk to. I’m pretty sure she feels the same way about myself. [Engagement rumors?] That’s totally not true. No fiancee. No boo. No wifey. None of that. Hopefully one day. But I do got kids and a baby’s mama. We’re friends…” (Hot 97)
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