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Raffaella Modugno confirms relationship with Marc Anthony

Raffaella Modugno confirms relationship with Marc Anthony

Marc Anthony is in a relationship with Raffaella Modugno, but the Italian model insists the romance is still in its early stages.

The 47-year-old musician was first linked to the sultry dark-haired beauty back in May when he uploaded a photograph of the pair celebrating Memorial Day weekend relaxing in the sun together.

He captioned the snap: "Making memories. Happy Memorial Day weekend. Wishing you the best @raffaellamodugno #forzanapoli (sic)"

Marc's post sparked speculation the pair were dating and now Raffaella has confirmed she is the singer's girlfriend and she's looking forward to seeing where the relationship goes.

When asked by Italian magazine Oggi if it's true that she and Marc are an item, she replied: "Yes, we are a couple. Our relationship is new so we are getting to know each other".

Recently Raffaella has been dividing her time between Rome and Los Angeles but she insists her trips to the US are not just so she can be close to Marc - who has nine-year-old twins Max and Emme with his ex-wife Jennifer Lopez.

The 29-year-old model - who was crowned Miss Curve d'Italia Lazio in 2011 and has posed for brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Coin and Prada - is trying to break into Hollywood and become a movie actress.

Raffaella - who has appeared in two Italian TV series, 'Qualunquemente' and 'Teresa Manganiello' - said: "I'm spending a lot of time studying to become an actress. I want to be prepared to work in this industry, my dream is to be an actress. Lately, I was lucky enough to audition for some very important productions, with very famous filmmakers."

As recently as February, Marc had been dating Mariana Downing whom he began romancing after his divorce from model Shannon de Lima.

As well as his twins with J.Lo, the 'You Sang To Me' hitmaker also has sons Cristian, 16, and Ryan, 13, with his first wife Dayanara Torres and 22-year-old daughter Ariana with ex-girlfriend Debbie Rosado.