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Marla Maples Talks About Her Bachelor Boyfriend

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Apr. 8 2008, Published 2:00 p.m. ET

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After years of watching her bazillionaire ex-husband buy and sell just about everything on the planet, Marla Maples has finally made her own valuable acquisition — former Bachelor star Andy Baldwin!

The camera-friendly pair recently confirmed they're dating and OK! caught up with Marla— who will soon appear on the CBS reality show Secret Talents of the Stars — at Monday's Dancing With the Stars, where she sat in the audience with her new man.

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“There’s so much happiness in my personal life,” Marla gushed to OK! “Andrew is awesome. He’s a great human being. We both love sports; we both love giving back. We’re having a great time.”

Marla, 44, who has a 14-year-old daughter, Tiffany, from her marriage to Trump, said both she and Andy, 31, enjoy doing charity work. In fact, the two met while both were participating in a bike ride benefiting Best Buddies. “Tiffany and I were biking 15 miles and he was biking like a hundred miles,” she laughed.

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“We try to lift and inspire each other,” Marla said about her relationship with Andy, who is a medical doctor and an officer in the U.S. Navy. “He was just on a mission in Pulau and while he was there he worked with the government to help bring athletic gear and tennis shoes to the children in Pulau.”

Marla also told OK! Andy shows he’s a true officer and a gentleman in smaller ways as well. “We were ice skating together over the holidays and if anyone fell, he’d be the first one to go to try to help them up. So that’s in his nature — ‘let me try to help you!’ To me, that’s an aspect of a person that’s worth taking a second look at.”

They’ve also bonded over their experiences with fame. “I’ve tried to share with him how hard I know it is being in the public eye,” said Marla, who will perform aerial gymnastics on Secret Talents of the Stars in the episode airing April 29. She thinks their romance will thrive “as long as you keep communication open and don’t have any expectations.”

By Carole Glines

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