1018_settle"Gossip Girl" star Matthew Settle’s divorce from actress-model Naama Nativ took an emotional toll on the actor—“It’s tough,” he said in April, of the February split -- but those feelings are a thing of the past, as he now settles into a new relationship, with fashionista Leyla Vassighy, and TooFab’s got the exclusive details about their lovey-dovey courtship!

“He’s been so happy, since he’s been with her,” the source tells TooFab of the couple, who’ve managed to fly under the radar of gossip hounds, despite stepping out together since July. “They met through a friend a while ago, but they were friends first. They’re super cute together, and are very lovey-dovey.” And even though Settle turned 41 last month, and Vassighy is in her twenties, the age difference means nothing to them, adds the source.

As for Vassighy, who works for fashion designer Brunello Cucinelli in New York, “She’s a lot cooler than his ex,” says the source. “She’s a real down-to-earth girl, and he’s a real down-to-earth guy. They’re both New Yorkers, and like to go out on the town together, to parties, clubs and restaurants.”

And even though this is Settle’s first relationship since his divorce, the source is adamant that their love is for real: “This isn’t just a rebound relationship. He really likes her. It’s serious.”

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