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OK! EXCLUSIVE: JT TORREGIANI GUSHES ABOUT GIRLFRIEND PAULA ABDUL

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Jul. 25 2007, Published 6:00 a.m. ET

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Paula Abdul has remained coy about her relationship with restaurateur JT Torregiani, but such is not the case with him. JT, 32, spoke exclusively to OK! about his girlfriend of three months and what makes the 45-year-old American Idol judge different from every woman he's ever met.OK!: How serious is your relationship with Paula?JT: We have been dating for about three months now and I am giving her a 100 percent. It's serious.OK!: What have you learned about Paula that's surprised you?JT: She is as sincere as she seems. So often in Hollywood that is not the case. Paula really cares about her fans and all the contestants on the show ? they are like her kids.OK!: What's the most romantic thing she's done for you lately?JT: We recently spent some time in London together and when I was leaving (she was staying there for work), she insisted she come to the airport with me to drop me off. I resisted because I knew she was so busy working, but she surprised me at the Virgin Lounge at Heathrow with a private, romantic lunch and massages. I was so surprised ? it was really sweet.OK!: Is she as eccentric as she sometimes seems?JT: Yes! She is hysterical. We laugh all the time.OK!: She's said she's a dating 'horror movie.' Do you think she was being too hard on herself?JT: She gets so caught up with her work schedule, and I think people often do not understand that. She works 18-20 hours a day and doesn't get much sleep. She was being hard on herself to say that ? she is a perfectionist and gives everything her all.OK!: How is Paula different than other women you've dated?JT: She is more nurturing than most women I know, let alone women I have dated. She has such a big heart ? and even with her crazy work schedule, she always makes time for me.OK!: Were you a Paula Abdul fan when she was a recording artist?JT: I have always been a big fan ? how can you not be?! I am a bigger fan of her new stuff - her new song, 'Karma,' is amazing.Interview by Jennifer Birn

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