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When Eva Longoria signed on to be producer of Ready For Love, she didn’t expect to be the woman falling for one of the show's bachelor contestants!
Rumors that the former Desperate Housewives star was dating entrepreneur and philanthropist Ernesto Arguello began when the reality dating show aired in the spring. Longoria turned down the rumors until recently.
“I guess we have the press to thank for pushing us to see something [in the relationship] we didn't see!" Longoria told People.
Arguello, who split from his Ready For Love girlfriend, former Miss USA Shandi Finnessey, in 2012, met Longoria when he was chosen to be on the dating show that she produced.
"I think that's why our relationship is so special -- we truly started as friends,” Longoria told the magazine.
And now that the couple has been confirmed, it looks like their relationship is getting serious. Longoria met Arguello's parents on a trip to his native country of Honduras, People reports. The couple also visited the school and homes that he built in his community for impoverished families.
The Devious Maids producer even posted a picture of the couple spending their first holiday together on July 4.
"Eva and Ernesto are a perfect match," a source told People. "They both speak Spanish, have the same religion and the same cultural background."
"Their friendship and their similar philanthropic interests laid the foundation for their new romance," the source continued. "They're very much in love."
This is Longoria's first relationship since her divorce from her husband of three years, Tony Parker, in 2011.
We’re happy to see that she’s finally ready for love again!
Teresa Roca is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+.