Emilio Vitolo Jr./Instagram Katie Holmes and Emilio Vitolo Jr
Katie Holmes and Emilio Vitolo Jr. are enjoying their time together.
“They are having fun,” a source tells PEOPLE of the couple, who acknowledged their relationship publicly for the first time on Friday, as the chef, 33, wished the actress a happy 42nd birthday.
“Emilio has had a lot of stress this year because of the shutdowns that have affected the restaurant business. Katie is very supportive. Their relationship is cheering him up,” the source adds.
Despite the difficulties of the past year, having more time for one another has been a positive for the pair.
“Since Katie is not working, they have had time to really get to know each other,” the source says. “Emilio thinks their relationship will continue to be strong in the new year. When things return to a more normal and Katie is working again, they will figure it out. For now, they enjoy all their time together in New York City."
Gotham/GC Images Emilio Vitolo Jr. and Katie Holmes
The couple’s affection for another was on full display on Friday, when Vitolo shared a sweet black-and-white photo of them for Holmes' birthday.
"The most amazing, kindest, beautiful person ❤️. Every time I see your face it makes me smile,” he wrote alongside the photo, in which Holmes sat on his lap while showing a big smile.
“Happy Birthday!!! I love you!!" he added.
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Katie Holmes was spotted kissing New York City chef Emilio Vitolo Jr.
The couple was first linked in early September when they were spotted on a date at his family restaurant Emilio’s Ballato. Since then, they have regularly been spotted walking around New York City and packing on the PDA.
A source previously told PEOPLE that Holmes and Vitolo have been speaking almost nonstop.
"Emilio is very charming, flirty. It’s easy to see how Katie fell for him," the source said. "She seems very into him. She keeps texting Emilio all day long and he loves it."