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Newly single Andrea goes public for first time with boyfriend

NEWLY single Andrea Roche went public with her blossoming romance with Killiney 'It boy' Rob White this weekend -- stepping out to Krystle nightclub on Friday night with the handsome businessman on her arm.

The former Miss Ireland, who confirmed her split from husband PJ Mansfield last week, began dating the well known man-about-town earlier this month and is said to be relieved that their relationship is now out in the open.

The pair were spotted looking extremely cosy together in the plush venue's VIP suite as they had drinks with a group of friends, having enjoyed a romantic dinner earlier.

The Diary spotted the couple arriving at the Harcourt Street haunt shortly after midnight, before being led upstairs to join pals at a reserved table, where their budding romance was clear for all to see.

"They were very relaxed in each other's company and weren't trying to hide the fact that they were an item," said one reveller in the club.

"They both appeared to be smitten and were holding hands and quite affectionate with each other throughout the night."

Rob (31) is the older brother of actress Holly White, who starred in RTE's hit TV series Dan & Becs, and he has been wining and dining Andrea at some of the city's best-known eateries in recent weeks.

Andrea (32), who said she is keen to keep her love life out of the limelight from now on, confirmed that she and Rob have been seeing each other.

She insisted that she did not want to cause any hurt to her ex-husband, PJ, the son of Citywest tycoon, Jim Mansfield.

"I have been out on a couple of dates with him in the past week but that's it," she said. "I want to be respectful to all those involved so I won't be discussing it publicly.

"I just want to keep my private life private from now on and try and move on with my life," she added.

Meanwhile DIT graduate Rob said he will be keeping a gentlemanly silence on the new lady in his life. "Myself and Andrea are good friends. I'm not saying any more than that," he said.

Rumours of the pair's new romance first surfaced the week before last, when they were spotted looking close during a night out at Bucks Townhouse. Just days later the brunette beauty confirmed what many had suspected for months, that she and PJ had called time on their four- year marriage at Christmas.