"He makes her very happy," a pal says after the ex-View host is seen kissing Herb Wilson at the U.S. Open

By Mark Dagostino
Updated September 03, 2008 04:15 PM
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Star Jones’s love life is cooking!

The former View host has a new boyfriend who knows his way around a kitchen – Herb Wilson, the executive chef at Manhattan’s Soho and Tribeca Grand hotels.

“This was one of the first times they were out in public together,” a friend of Jones’ tells PEOPLE, after the couple were spotted kissing in the stands at the U.S. Open last weekend. “It’s a new relationship, and he makes her very happy.”

Jones, 46, and her husband of 3 1/2 years, Al Reynolds, 38, filed for divorce in March. While Jones has not talked publicly about the split, Reynolds released a series of YouTube videos about their oft-scrutinized marriage last July, in which he claimed to still love Jones “very much.”

A rep for Jones refused to comment on his client’s personal life. But another source close to the TV personality confirms the relationship as well: “He’s a very nice guy,” the source says of Wilson. “She’s never been happier.”