"It was a kismet kind of thing," she says of meeting beau Hamzi Hijazi

By People Staff
Updated October 25, 2011 09:55 AM
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It’s been a tumultuous year for Jaime Pressly but 2011 seems to be ending on a good note – at least romantically speaking.

The actress brought her new beau, Hamzi Hijazi, along to celebrate Mohegan Sun’s 15th anniversary on Saturday in Connecticut. The pair watched Jennifer Lopez‘s emotional concert along with newlyweds Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo, then attended the afterparty at Ballo inside Mohegan Sun.

Pressly, 34, who filed for divorce from entertainment lawyer Simran Singh in January, said she and Hijazi met at Lorin, his shoe store in downtown Santa Monica, Calif. The former My Name Is Earl star, who next stars in the Fox sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter, described their first encounter as fateful.

“I literally walked into the shoe store with my girlfriends one day shopping and there he was, so it was a kismet kind of thing,” she tells PEOPLE. “It was great.”
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