Is there a new celebrity couple on the rise?
Recently photos surfaced that suggested that maybe former Playboy bunny Kendra Wilkinson and The Bachelorette alum Chad Johnson may be dating.
The picture released by TMZ showed the two holding hands and seeming quite comfortable with each other.
A source close to the pair told ET that Wilkinson and Johnson are “just having fun at the moment” and “aren’t in any kind of romantic relationship.”
“They were filming an upcoming project,” the source said, although they would not clarify what the project was.
“She is not looking for anything serious at the moment,” the source continued. “She’s casually dating and enjoying herself.”
Johnson has also spoken about the relationship but has yet to say if the two are more than just friends.
“Oh! No comment,” he said on The Tomorrow Show With Keven Undergaro when asked to explain the photo. “It was, like, three days ago. That is me in this picture. We are holding hands.”
He then went on to explain that the hand holding was purely casual.
“She’s cool,” he said. “We were walking down the street and I was like, ‘What’s up, Kendra?’ And we held hands.”
He did not mention any details about his and Wilkinson’s upcoming project.
Wilkinson’s Past Relationships
Wilkinson is no stranger to public relationships. The former model was married to football player Hank Baskett for almost nine years. The couple’s romance was shown on Wilkinson’s show Kendra on Top.
After a very public cheating scandal, Wilkinson filed for divorce from Baskett, claiming irreconcilable differences.
“Both of them did everything they could to make this work,” a source told ET of the divorce. “They are absolutely still speaking. This is good-natured. They will always be there for each other.”
The two have a son and daughter together. In the divorce, Wilkinson requested that she and her ex share joint legal and physical custody of their children. She also asked for spousal support and the division of their property.
“I will forever love Hank and be open but for now we have chosen to go our own ways,” she wrote in an Instagram caption shortly after news of the divorce was made public. “I’m beyond sad and heartbroken because I did believe in forever, that’s why I said yes but unfortunately too much fear has gotten in the way. We are both amazing parents and our kids will be happy and never know the difference, other than seeing mama smile.”
She went on to say that she wanted the best for her ex-husband.
“Sometimes love looks funny,” she wrote. “We are told to make sacrifices in life if it’s true love. Well, in this case, it’s me. I want to see happy Hank again… I miss that. Marriage was just a piece of paper and a piece of jewelry but our hearts will always be real.”
Johnson’s Past Relationships
Johnson is famous for dating Jojo Fletcher on her season of The Bachelorette. Initially, Fletcher was really excited to get to know Johnson, but the spark didn’t last long. Johnson’s constant arguments with the other contestants on the show ruined his and Fletcher’s relationship before it could really get serious.
“Chad Johnson was one of my top guys, but I started hearing about drama,” she told PEOPLE. “The guys assumed Chad couldn’t hide that much crazy, but I really had no idea what was going on.”
Eventually, she realized that Johnson wasn’t the one for her.
“When I finally saw, it blew me away,” she said. “Watching Chad is like one of those things where you want to look away from something but you can’t. The guys were much happier when he was gone.”
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