Justin Long names Kate Bosworth as girlfriend for the first time and wants to ‘protect’ romance

Making it official: Justin Long named Kate Bosworth as his girlfriend for the first time during an appearance on this week's episode of Chelsea Handler's podcast Dear Chelsea;  the couple pictured here in May 2022

Justin Long named Kate Bosworth as his girlfriend for the first time during an appearance on this week’s episode of Chelsea Handler’s podcast Dear Chelsea.

During the episode, the 47-year-old host congratulated the 43-year-old actor on being ‘newly in love.’

‘Yes, and she loves you. She is a really big fan of yours, personally, ‘Justin told Chelsea and co-host Catherine Law.

Making it official: Justin Long named Kate Bosworth as his girlfriend for the first time during an appearance on this week's episode of Chelsea Handler's podcast Dear Chelsea;  the couple pictured here in May 2022

Making it official: Justin Long named Kate Bosworth as his girlfriend for the first time during an appearance on this week’s episode of Chelsea Handler’s podcast Dear Chelsea; the couple pictured here in May 2022

‘I really like her as well. Am I allowed to say her name? Is that OK? ‘ the comedienne asked.

‘Yes,’ the New Girl alum replied.

‘Kate Bosworth is who you are dating,’ Chelsea said.

Cloud nine: During the episode, the 47-year-old host congratulated the 43-year-old actor on being 'newly in love'

Cloud nine: During the episode, the 47-year-old host congratulated the 43-year-old actor on being ‘newly in love’

‘Yes,’ Justin responded.

The Dodgeball star went on to say that being in love was ‘such a wonderful feeling.’

The Connecticut native told the My Horizontal Life author that he appreciated how open she was about her ‘happiness and joy’ over her romance with new boyfriend Jo Koy.

'I've never had anything like this before;  I've never experienced this, 'the Live Free or Die Hard actor admitted.

‘I’ve never had anything like this before; I’ve never experienced this, ‘the Live Free or Die Hard actor admitted.

‘But there’s something about it, for me, that I feel like I need to protect and keep sacred because it feels sacred,’ Justin explained.

‘It’s just the best,’ he added.

‘I’ve never had anything like this before; I’ve never experienced this, ‘the Live Free or Die Hard actor admitted.

‘So it’s something I want to protect and keep, you know?’

PDA: Last week, Kate, 39, and Justin were spotted holding hands while strolling around Manhattan;  Justin seen in 2019

PDA: Last week, Kate, 39, and Justin were spotted holding hands while strolling around Manhattan; Justin seen in 2019

Romantic: In April, the loved-up couple were seen packing on the PDA during a tropical getaway to Hawaii;  Kate seen in May 2022

Romantic: In April, the loved-up couple were seen packing on the PDA during a tropical getaway to Hawaii; Kate seen in May 2022

Last week, Kate, 39, and Justin were spotted holding hands while strolling around Manhattan.

In April, the loved-up couple were seen packing on the PDA during a tropical getaway to Hawaii.

Earlier in April, the co-stars confirmed their blossoming new relationship while holding hands after a romantic dinner at Giorgio Baldi in Los Angeles.

After months of romance rumors, the pair beamed as they exited the upscale Italian eatery together following their meal.

In a recent episode of The Viall Files, Long gushed to host Nick Viall about his love life after finally finding himself ready to meet his soul mate.

At last: In a recent episode of The Viall Files, Long gushed to host Nick Viall about his love life after finally finding himself ready to meet his soul mate

At last: In a recent episode of The Viall Files, Long gushed to host Nick Viall about his love life after finally finding himself ready to meet his soul mate

‘I had gotten to a place where… I was comfortable with myself, I was ready to be – I didn’t know it at the time – but I was ready for the one,’ he told the Bachelor alum, 41, who is happily dating Sarah Partain.

He continued: ‘I want to [talk about it], but I also want to be protective. I want to scream it from the rooftops, but I also want to be protective. It’s sacred. ‘

Still, Long did not mention Bosworth by name. That interview comes just four months after the He’s Just Not That Into You actor revealed on a different podcast that he was off the market.

Shortly after, PageSix uncovered that the new lady in his life was actress Kate Bosworth, whom he made a movie with in 2021.

Earlier that year, the blonde beauty announced her split from 51-year-old husband Michael Polish.

Co-stars: PageSix said that 'the two met while filming a movie in Fayetteville, Ark., [in 2021]'

Co-stars: PageSix said that ‘the two met while filming a movie in Fayetteville, Ark., [in 2021]’

PageSix said that ‘the two met while filming a movie in Fayetteville, Ark., [in 2021]’

In May she talked up Justin on Instagram when they wrapped the movie: ‘Holy moly @justinlong you are a truly spectacular / fun / funny / kind / rare / thoughtful / totally. f * kn. rad human being. ‘

She added, ‘THANK YOU for lifting us up… you kept it light & full of laughter daily, even through the toughest moments. You gnome how much I love ya (sorry had to;). ‘

And an insider told the site that this autumn he went with the beauty on her trip to Pädaste Manor in Estonia. They reportedly had a ‘romantic weekend.’

Justin then confirmed his relationship status during his podcast in December while discussing the controversial pizza topping of pineapple with comic Fortune Feimster.

Speaking on his ‘Life is Short with Justin Long’ podcast, the actor said when asked to give her favorite topping: ‘This is controversial: pineapple.’

Exes: Kate was married to director Michael Polish from 2013 to 2021

Exes: Kate was married to director Michael Polish from 2013 to 2021

To which, Justin replied: ‘People have been saying that lately. It’s funny, my girlfriend said hers is – she loves the pineapple, too. I’ve never been with anyone who likes pineapple on pizza. ‘

A source later told Us Weekly: ‘They’ve been dating for a few months now. They secretly have been on a few getaways together. They both love to travel. ‘

Adding that the couple is ‘not hiding the fact that they’re together’, rather they’re ‘just staying low-key and private about their relationship.’

Kate and Justin moved quickly and are reportedly already living together.

Long has previously been linked to Amanda Seyfried, Kirsten Dunst and Drew Barrymore.

Kate and her ex Michael were last photographed together in January of 2021. The couple met in 2011 during the making of the adventure drama Big Sur, which she starred in and he directed.

Kate and Michael announced their engagement in August 2012 and married on August 31, 2013 at The Ranch at Rock Creek in Philipsburg, Montana.

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