By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Smitten: Cheryl Cole is said to be dating 21-year-old LA-based producer Patrizio Teezio Pigliapoco, pictured on the far left
Cheryl Cole has finally found herself a new man - she's smitten with her new Los Angeles-based toy boy producer.
The Girls Aloud beauty, 28, has largely been single since splitting from her footballer husband Ashley Cole last year.
And now reports have suggested that she is head over heels for 21-year-old Patrizio Pigliapoco, who has been helping her mastermind her career in America.
According to the Daily Star, the singer and former X Factor judge has been spending a lot of time in the States as she works on her next solo project.
And after spending many late night sessions recording with Patrizio in Los Angeles the pair are said to have grown close.
'She's gorgeous': Patrizio has been working on Cheryl's third album while she stays in Los Angeles during late night recording sessions
'They have loved their late night sessions in the studio, just the two of them.
'They’ve rarely been apart and have genuinely fallen for each other. Cheryl really adores Patrizio – she loves his carefree attitude to working and to life, and can’t wait to see him again.'
And it appears the feeling is mutual as the producer, who is seven years younger than the beauty, freely admits he finds the singer 'gorgeous'.
Spending time Stateside: Cheryl pictured earlier this week at LAX airport
Since splitting from football star Ashley, Cheryl has been linked to 25-year-old American dancer Derek Hough.
The Dancing With the Stars professional helped Cheryl get through her divorce following infidelity claims surrounding Ashley.
And although they never confirmed their romance, neither of them denied it either.
Cheryl was also vaguely linked to Black Eyed Peas pal will.i.am, singer Taio Cruz and her X Factor co-judge Simon Cowell.
But the Newcastle girl has since remained tight-lipped about her love life, deciding instead to concentrate on her music.
Old love: But Cheryl was burned by her ex-husband Ashley
After she was fired from the judging panel of America's X Factor earlier this year, she started working on her third album.
And Patrizio is ecstatic he's had the opportunity to meet the stunner.
He adds to the Daily Star: 'Everything happened so fast. Four months ago I was on tour with a group as an engineer and now I am spending nights with Cheryl Cole.
'I thought her ex-husband was crazy to cheat on a beautiful woman like her.'