John Sala, a college student studying biomedical engineering, first met Girardi two years ago

By Dahvi Shira
August 20, 2010 07:00 PM
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Vienna Girardi has Tweeted about him and stepped out with him, but the Bachelor star’s new man has remained a mystery until now.

“John Sala is in college studying biochemical engineering, a rep for Girardi reveals to PEOPLE. He and Vienna met on a vacation in the Bahamas two years ago, and have remained friendly since. He recently came to L.A. to visit her, and the two are taking things slow.”

To her friends Girardi, 24, gushes about her post-Jake Pavelka flame from Orange County, New York. “She kept saying how hot he is and how happy she is with him,” a source who recently went out with the duo says. “She would say things like, ‘Do you see this man? He is gorgeous. Isn’t he the hottest guy ever? We are so happy. I like him so much.'”

Adds another source, “Vienna is very happy and feels like she’s much better off in her life than she was with Jake.”

Along with a new man, Girardi is also taking on new projects. She’s involved with launching the non-profit organization for Biolustre reconstructive hair products, and is hosting the Reality Cares pre-Emmy event benefiting the Wellness Community on Aug 27.