Well, this is a plot twist worthy of the most respectable (and by respectable, we mean gossipy) tabloids: According to TMZGlee star Lea Michele has found new love nearly a year after her boyfriend and co-star Cory Monteith passed away from a drug overdose—and that new love is apparently Matthew Paetz, a male escort. We'll let TMZ explain:

Lea Michele is getting for free what other women pay good money for -- her new beau has been moonlighting as a gigolo.

Lea has been quietly dating Matthew Paetz for the last few months ... she has very consciously kept the relationship on the down low.

Sources close to the couple tell us ... Matthew has been a hired gun for Cowboys4Angels under the alias, Christian.

Cowboys4Angels is the same group that often appears on the Showtime series Gigolos, which is...well, about gigolos. On his escort profile—which is now hidden—he is also described as a "certified life coach, dating expert and massage therapist"...so he's a man of many talents. The two reportedly met on the set of Michele's recent music video, "On My Way":

Michele's rep, of course, had no comment. And really, it's probably wise to take this story with a grain of salt—after all, Michele has said in the past that she's not ready to date yet. 

Do you think the two are an item? Sound off in the comments.

[via Daily Mail]