Alison Hammond, 49, cuddles up to ‘new boyfriend’ David Putman, 26, at the zoo

Alison Hammond looks happy with her ‘new boyfriend’ (Picture: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA)

Alison Hammond looked super happy in the company of her ‘new boyfriend’ David Putman on an outing to the zoo this weekend.

The This Morning presenter, 49, was photographed laughing away with the Russian masseur, 26, as they enjoyed hanging out at Port Lympne Safari Park in Kent.

Striding out into the Kent countryside, Alison wore a khaki coat, a black and light blue patterned shirt, jeans, and sandals, while David opted for a beige trench coat, a burnt red scarf and some smart moss green trousers.

The pair cosied up on a golf buggy as they explored the grounds with Alison’s arm around his waist in the vehicle.

They are said to have met over a year ago after Alison booked the trained body therapist for massages, with their friendship turning romantic at the end of last year.

Friends of the Bake Off star have claimed she’s ‘never been happier’ after she shared photos of herself and David on social media.

David Putman is a Russian masseur (Picture: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA)
The pair were said to have met over a year ago (Picture: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA)
They looked super happy strolling around the Kent safari park (Picture: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA)

It appears that up until 2022 David was based in Russia, with The Sun reporting that he left in December of that year following President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

When asked about the report, he replied: ‘I will speak later, when I will be ready.’

The publication claims David is living with his uncle Nigel Putman in Slough, having spent his childhood between England and Russia.

‘When the war in Ukraine began David’s mother Olga began to worry,’ a friend of the family claimed.

‘She didn’t want her boys dragged into it. She wanted them safe like any mother would.’

He is said to be a ‘very quiet, unassuming and thoughtful person’ who plays the guitar.

David is ‘not bothered by fame,’ and is unconcerned about their age gap, added the source.

‘He’s the strong, silent type, not a pushover, but not chatty like Alison,’ they shared.

‘In that sense, they’re perfect for each other.’

Aside from his massage work, David has taken part in various photoshoots, having previously indicated he was signed by a Russian modelling agency, New Models Sochi.

This comes after Alison split from her boyfriend, gardener Ben Hawkins, last year. While they dated for two years, the pair were only pictured together once.

Alison gave him a hug as they drove around in a golf buggy (Picture: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA)
The star has not verbally confirmed the relationship, but has posted pictures with David (Picture: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA)
Friends of the star claim she’s ‘never been happier’ (Picture: CLICK NEWS AND MEDIA)

Alison shares her 19-year-old son Aiden with her ex Noureddine Boufaied – after their split, she later admitted to feeling like a ‘failure’ for breaking up with her son’s dad.

She explained: ‘You’re not a failure, listen, I felt that failure when I split up with my son’s dad. His dad moved on, he’s married, he’s got three other children, they’re part of our family as well. You don’t know how it’s going to work out, it’s part of your story.’

Despite online claims, Alison has never been married and previously told This Morning’s Gyles Brandreth on his podcast that the idea of tying the knot made her feel ‘nervous.’

‘I think as soon as I hear the word marriage I get cold feet. I think I’m just one of those people,’ she said on Rosebud.

‘I always – not think there’s something better – but I always get a bit nervous to know that is it.

‘I just feel like I’m tied down and I don’t like it, when really and truly, I’m getting to that age now where I think, “Alison, let go – it’s OK to settle down.”’

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