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Gerard Butler `happier` with Romanian model Madalina Ghenea

Los Angeles: Actor Gerard Butler, who is reportedly dating Romanian model-actress Madalina Ghenea, is "happier and calmer" since they met.

The two were first rumoured to be romantically involved in May last year, reports

Ghenea played down the claims at the time, stating: "Gerard is a friend of mine. We are friends and nothing more."

However, Butler told Britain`s Sunday Express that he is romancing "Maddie", adding: "It`s going good. I`m happier and calmer than I`ve been for a long time. These days I`m more zen and that`s an easier way to exist."