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Paul McDonald's "Apology" to Nikki Reed Ignited Their Romance

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Apr. 19 2011, Published 10:38 a.m. ET

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Paul McDonald has so much to look forward to, even though he was the first guy voted off of American Idol. The Nashville crooner with a swoon-worthy smile captivated America with his raspy rock vocals and tender tone, so it's no surprise that he caught the eye of actress Nikki Reed. Paul gushed to OK! about his fledgling relationship with the Twilight beauty.

"We actually met on TV," he said of the video documenting the couple's first encounter, at the Red Riding Hood premiere. "That's where we actually met. It was like, 'Oh, great to meet you.' "

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Paul confirmed that at the time he had no idea who Nikki was, something he was later embarrassed about.

"I didn't realize who she was, so I felt bad," he told OK!. "I sent her a message saying, 'I didn't realize you were a big-time actress. I'm so sorry. It was great to hang out with you.' And then we started to hang out after that. She's super cool."

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Not only is she "super cool," but Nikki is also very supportive of Paul branching out from Idol and pursuing his own path.

"Nikki's great. She's supportive of me being creative and that kind of stuff. She's excited about what's going to come. I have been writing a bunch of material, and she's a fan."

Now Paul needs to become a fan of Twilight!

Stay tuned for more of OK!'s interview with Paul!

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