Brand ‘dismissed by new love’

Russell Brand

Russell Brand’s new girlfriend apparently turned him down five times before agreeing to a date.

The British comic is currently dating Jemima Khan, who previously romanced Hugh Grant. It has been claimed that Russell started pursuing Jemima in June but she was initially reluctant to give the famed womanizer a chance.

“She was wary and turned him down at least five times before agreeing to a date. He is incredibly smitten,” a source told British magazine Grazia.

The pair were first spotted enjoying dinner together in London earlier this month and have been snapped looking loved up in the US.

Since Russell convinced Jemima to let him take her out, the European editor-at-large of Vanity Fair has seemingly been impressed by his honesty and attentiveness.

“He admitted a lot of the reason his 14-month marriage to Katy Perry didn’t work out was his fault,” a source added. “She’s bowled over by his intelligence, charm and sex appeal.”

Although Russell has managed to win Jemima over, her family appear to be less impressed. Her mother Annabel and brother Zac are said to have reservations about the romance going the distance.

“Annabel is only too aware of their very different backgrounds and that Russell is famously anti-establishment,” an insider explained. “She’s also learned that he has been very indiscrete about his ex-wife and is terrified about what he could say about Jemima if their romance was to fizzle out. She’s of course supporting Jemima, but they’re all a bit nervous.”

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