Idol Reject Dating Nikki Reed

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April 15, 2011 | 7:00pm EST

American Idol’s latest rejected wannabe is a winner in love – he has confirmed he’s dating Twilight star Nikki Reed.
Paul McDonald was voted off the TV talent contest on Thursday night, but his stint on the show has won him a famous girlfriend after meeting Reed at a recent film premiere.

Confirming the dating news to Access Hollywood, he beams, “I’ve got a nice one (girlfriend). She’s been super cool and supportive of this whole thing.”

But the new couple hasn’t had that many dates.

McDonald adds, “She’s been busy working, I’ve been busy working, but we’ve managed to find a little bit of time here and there to do some stuff.”

And the singer admits his girlfriend is quietly glad he’s no longer an Idol contestant: “She is actually pumped. She said, ‘Dude, you finally get to do your thing and be yourself and be the artist you are.’ She is happy about the whole situation. She has been nothing but cool to me.”