Style & ShowbizShowbiz

Ariel Winter dating childhood friend?

Ariel Winter dating childhood friend?

Ariel Winter is reportedly dating Sterling Beaumon.

The 'Modern Family' actress - who split from longterm boyfriend Laurent Claude Gaudette last month - has been spotted out with the 21-year-old actor on several occasions and sources say they are more than just friends.

The pair attended the SkySpace Launch Party in Los Angeles together and were very affectionate with each other.

An onlooker told E! News: "The two arrived at the SkySpace LA event together and left together. They were seen hanging out all night and it seemed like they were more than just friends.

"They were definitely very flirty and always close to each other."

Ariel, 18, and Sterling - who shot to fame as a young Benjamin Linus on hit TV series 'Lost' - have known each for years and co-starred in a 2010 Nintendo advert.

In the past week they have been seen at celebrity hots spots including The Roxy and The Nice Guy.

Ariel confirmed her split from Laurent last month with a funny Instagram post.

She wrote: "When you're surprised that people just haven't gotten it yet..." and added a gif of Kim Kardashian West saying, "I'm like dropping hints that I'm single."

The pair met in 2013 and Ariel previously revealed she made the first move.

She said: "It was kind of like I saw him, and I was like, I would like to get to know him. And I did! I'm very outgoing, so I kind of initiated the, 'Hi, I'm here! It's nice to meet you.'"