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Michele dating gigolo
Lea Michele. Picture: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Lea Michele's new boyfriend is a former gigolo.

The Glee star - who mourned the death of boyfriend and co-star Cory Monteith last year - has been quietly dating $350-an-hour escort Matthew Paetz over the last few months after meeting on the set of her music video for On My Way.

According to TMZ, hunky Paetz is in fact a gigolo, who, until recently, offered his companionship to lonely women through online service Cowboys4Angels.

Paetz, under the alias of Christian on the site, reportedly charged $350 for an hour of his time, $6,000 for a whole weekend, or a whopping $17,000 for a week of his company.

His profile has been deactivated since he began dating Michele, 27, and it's thought Paetz's last assignment was a weekend with a client at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in California in April.

Prior to his profile being hidden, Michele's beau billed himself as a certified life coach, dating expert and massage therapist.

Michele has chosen to keep her fledgling relationship under the radar following her heartbreak with Monteith, who died from a drug and alcohol overdose.

The actress-and-singer previously revealed she grieves her late partner everyday.

"You can choose to rise, which is what I'm going to try and do, but you have to be very strong," Michele said.

"There's this grief with you every day whatever you're doing."

The West Australian

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