Brian Austin Green Says Starting Relationship with Sharna Burgess During Pandemic Removed ‘Distractions’
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Brian Austin Green is opening up about starting a new relationship in the middle of the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The actor, 47, spoke with KTLA on Wednesday about dating Dancing with the Stars pro Sharna Burgess and how being in lockdown helped them "connect" right away.
Green and Burgess haven't labeled their relationship yet, but the ballroom dancer, 35, shared a photo this week on Instagram of the pair kissing during their recent vacation to Hawaii.
"She's pretty amazing. She's cool," Green said Wednesday when asked about the trip, confirming that he and Burgess were first introduced by their mutual business manager.
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"It was nothing that I was completely open to, I didn't think at the time, but worked out pretty well," Green said of starting a relationship. "It's working out pretty well so far."
Sharing what it's been like dating amid the lockdowns in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Green said "doing any of that [dating] during the lockdown, the pandemic, is different."
"But I think it helps people talk a little bit more and connect a little bit more because you don't have the physical ways of doing it," he said. "You don't have places to go and other distractions. It helps focus the situation a little more, which I think was really helpful. And Sharna was completely open to it, and so was I, so it's been a good situation so far."
Green confirmed last May that he and estranged wife Megan Fox had split, and the actor filed for divorce in November. They share sons Noah Shannon, 8, Bodhi Ransom, 6, and Journey River, 4.
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Fox, 34, has been dating Machine Gun Kelly and became Instagram official with him in July.
A source then told PEOPLE in December that Green had been seeing Burgess "for a few weeks" when they were seen at Los Angeles International Airport departing for their Hawaii trip.
The duo were photographed kissing during the vacation, and Green said over the weekend that things with Burgess were "going really well right now."
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