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I'm not in love with Georgia ... but I'm working on it - Calum

THEY appear to be the definition of love's young dream and have graced the pages of several magazines -- but former bad-boy Calum Best isn't ready to be tamed by model girlfriend Georgia Salpa just yet.

The party-loving socialite claims that he and Georgia are taking things slowly when it comes to their relationship.

Calum (30) went on to explain how his mum Angie Best has not yet met the half Irish/half Greek beauty queen.

The couple first hooked up while filming TV3's Celebrity Salon series and have become a firm fixture on the social scene since.

"My mum is such a massive part of my life," Calum said. "She is my backbone. She is all I have. It's early days with Georgia. My career is about to take off. I'm building a brand, I have just done my first film role, I have a new fragrance coming out.

"I feel like I've been given the chance to start all over again. Georgia is stunning, absolutely beautiful. But I'm not sitting here saying 'Oh it's love!'

"She knows it though. She is cool. Let's not jump the gun yet. I don't love her. We are working on it," he added.

Calum did however admit that he's thoroughly enjoying the novelty of having a girlfriend.

"I love the stability of having a girlfriend," he explained.

"Now I feel I'm on the right path. She is great for me.

"We stay in. I cook dinner for her. And I like it," he said in a revealing interview with OK! Magazine this week.

Calum is currently in the process of opening his first bar, called Bestie's Gastropub, which he describes as a tribute to his late dad George.

The reality star is also involved in getting a new production, Dancing Shoes -- The George Best Story, off the ground.

The play will take to the stage at the Grand Canal Theatre from August 29 and is co-written by Marie Jones and Martin Lynch, with Dublin's own Peter Sheridan directing.

Both Calum and Georgia are among the big names expected to attend the opening night later this month.

The US-born socialite says he is currently enjoying an alcohol-free diet in preparation for his participation in the Great North Run next month.

Georgia, meanwhile, has been enthusiastically throwing herself into fitness training ahead of her forthcoming challenge, Catwalk To Mount Kilimanjaro.

The challenging physical feat will see her join forces with fellow models Daniella Moyles, Louise Johnston and Rozanna Purcell to complete the charity trek next month.

-LN


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