As Alexa Chung continued her month-long stay in LA, last week news reached Grazia that she has started dating, wait for it... Katy Perry’s ex. No, not lothario Russell Brand, but super-hot Florence + the Machine guitarist Rob Ackroyd, who enjoyed a brief fling with Katy in 2012, following the end of her marriage to Russell.
Sources say that while Alexa, 30, has known the Brit musician for some time, they only got together during her LA trip with Pixie Geldof and singer Remi Nicole. ‘Rob and Remi have been working in the studio and she thought they’d make a great pairing. He’s totally Alexa’s type,’ said one source. ‘Remi arranged for them all to go for dinner at Soho House and there was a real spark.They’ve been inseparable ever since and seem smitten. Now Rob’s planning to fly to NewYork, where Alexa lives, for Valentine’s Day.’
Another source revealed, ‘I think Alexa has found it hard to date in New York and Rob will have been a breath of fresh air. She loves his dry humour.’
Her last serious relationship, with Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, ended in 2011 after four years, reportedly due to them living on different sides of the pond. Katy and Rob split up in 2012 apparently for the same reasons. ‘I think the only thing worrying Alexa will have been the distance. But she really likes Rob and he seems very keen to visit her, so she is eager to see how it pans out.’
Last year, Alexa said she was looking for a relationship. She said, ‘I’m a serial monogamist... I don’t sleep with people I don’t find interesting, or whose brain isn’t the main turn-on. It’s often there’s a deeper connection, so it just means it lasts a bit longer.’ Sounds hopeful. Stay tuned.