Eva Longoria confirms she’s dating Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez

The rumors are true: Eva Longoria is catching passes from Mark Sanchez.

While being interviewed on “Extra” Thursday, the “Desperate Housewives” star fielded questions from show host Mario Lopez about her rumored romance with the much younger New York Jets quarterback. After jokingly telling Lopez, who is a close friend, that he was an “a--hole” for prying into her personal life, Longoria finally admitted, “Mark and I are, you know, fine. We're happy just dating.”

The 37-year-old actress has been linked to the hunky NFL star – who is only 25 – since July. Throughout the summer she has made frequent trips to see him and they have been spotted out and about all over Manhattan as well as in more remote spots in New Jersey, where Sanchez lives. One of those sightings, which took place late last month, was on the patio of Sanchez’s cottage retreat at Donald Trump’s swanky National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. The New York Post ran a photo of Longoria and Sanchez dining outside with some other couples and noted that the “lovebirds shared bites from each other’s plates.”

Clearly Longoria – who is 12 years older than Sanchez – has a thing for younger men. Her last boyfriend, Eduardo Cruz, is 27, and her ex-husband San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker is 30. However, Sanchez previously made headlines for his interest in younger ladies. Last year, the footballer reportedly had a fling with a 17-year-old Connecticut high school girl. The teen took photos of Sanchez’s bedroom after their alleged tryst and posted them on the Internet. Although it was surely a headache for the football star, he wasn’t doing anything illegal – the age of consent in New Jersey is 16. Sanchez has also been linked to model Kate Upton, 20.

With football season in full swing, it will be interesting to see if Longoria – who is twice divorced – will be a fixture in the crowds at the Jets games. When she was with Parker, she frequently was seen cheering him on, wearing his jersey at games and even tattooing his basketball number on her neck. She later went through the painful process of having the tattoo removed, making us think she won’t get as ink happy with Sanchez if they stick together and things take a more serious turn.

Longoria is currently working behind-the-scenes on a new reality TV show for NBC appropriately titled "Ready for Love." She serves as executive producer of the series, which attempts to make love connections for three bachelors.

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