Can it Be? is Russell Brand Really Dating Geri "Ginger Spice” Halliwell?

Did the latest celeb couple alert concerning Russell Brand and Geri Halliwell make anyone else go, "whaaa?"
-Lucia Peters,

Russell Brand apparently did more than photobomb the Spice Girls in Mel B's backstage TwitPic at the Olympics this summer-it looks like he hooked up with one, too. Or did he?

According to UK tabloid The Sun, Russell fell for Geri Halliwell, the once and future Ginger Spice, during rehearsals for the Olympic closing ceremony earlier this month. Although he had been linked to Isabella Brewster, the younger sister of Dallas star Jordana Brewster, earlier in the summer, he's said to have broken things off with her in favor of Geri. A "close pal" allegedly told The Sun, "Things are getting serious between them-they're a proper couple now. They had met several times in the past, but really got to know each other during the Olympics. People thought Russell was joking at the time," the "pal" continued, "when he said he had a crush on Geri all over again, but it was true. They just clicked-they have so much in common." Raise your hand if you're curious as to what exactly those common traits and/or interests are.

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Rumor has it that the pair were seen laughing, joking, and holding hands during a private guided tour of London's Hampton Court Palace last Saturday. Geri's six-year-old daughter, Bluebell Madonna, was in attendance as well; you can catch an extremely blurry pic of the three of them over at The Sun's website.

So: Are the rumors true? Well, this IS largely The Sun we're talking about, and… well, let's just say that sometimes the veracity of their claims is somewhat questionable. Us Weekly also appears to have spoken to a source who has confirmed Russell and Isabella's breakup, although the source neglected to confirm whether Geri and Russell are now an item. Meanwhile, another source apparently told E! Online that the two Brits are just friends and have just been hanging out occasionally.

In between all these crazy rumors, Russell is busybusybusy touring his latest stand-up show, while Geri is busybusybusy being a mum and getting her next album, Putting On the Bling, ready for release.

Tell us: What do you think? Are Russell and Geri a couple-and if so, are they a match made in heaven?

Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential's associate editor.

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