Geri Halliwell's Italian man

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 December 2008
Geri Halliwell

Geri Halliwell's Italian man

Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell has a new boyfriend - a mystery Italian currently known only as Walter

Geri Halliwell has a new boyfriend.

The former Spice Girl - who recently split from her long-term partner Ivan 'Flipz' Velez - is romancing a mystery Italian called Walter.

The pair were pictured sharing a passionate kiss on the dancefloor at a recent Roberto Cavalli fashion launch in Florence, Italy, and have also been seen out shopping together and having lunch.

Geri, 36, who has a two-year-old daughter Bluebell from a previous relationship with British writer Sacha Gervasi, reportedly dumped backing dancer Ivan over the phone in October after six months together.

A source said: "Geri said she'd hoped it would be an amazing love-of-her-life romance, but that the spark just wasn't there. She couldn't deal with the distance between them and thought it was best to end it before he got even more hurt.

"As far as 'Flipz' was concerned they were strong together and had a bright future. They'd talked about kids and marriage. But I guess in her eyes, it just wasn't meant to be."

The star recently admitted she struggles to commit to a relationship, saying she sometimes fears getting too close to someone.

She said: "I think maybe I am a commitment-phobe. I definitely have commitment issues. It is lovely to be with somebody and find a connection and be intimate and open, to have companionship and sharing.

"That is wonderful but I have learnt there are also minuses to that."

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