Former boxing legend Kellie Maloney has fallen for an ex soldier who guarded the Queen.
Transgender Kellie, 62, is smitten by security man Jason Shaw and has told close friends of their relationship, said a source.
She met the former infantryman last year and they started dating after spending time at Kellie’s home in Portugal’s Algarve looking after her dogs.
Kellie gushed on Instagram: “My new man in my life, sun wine and fun in the Algarve.” She added a string of hearts to the post.
She even joked they could wed, posting a photo of them holding a diamond ring and writing: “Pink champagne is flowing and the diamond ring looks lovely am I ready to commit?”
She later called Jason a “special person in my life”.
Kellie, who as Frank managed world heavyweight champ Lennox Lewis, met Jason, in his 40s, at a transgender community event in Mayfair where she was the speaker.
Jason was in the security team and ended up personally escorting Kellie.
The source said: “They bonded over a shared love of dogs and stayed in touch.
“A few months back, Kellie called him to ask for some help tending to her four dogs after she hurt her leg.
“He flew to the Algarve and they hit it off even more this time around and after spending a few months in each other’s company, a few weeks ago they started dating.”
Kellie is said to be captivated by Jason’s history in the Army, where he served for eight years in The Rifles.
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A pal said: “Jason has undergone jungle warfare training in Belize and worked in the Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and St James’s Palace.
“His stories have fascinated Kellie and they’re really enjoying their time together. Kellie and Jason are taking things slowly, but they’re taking their relationship seriously.”
Kellie, who had twice been married to women, revealed in the Sunday Mirror in 2014 she was living as a woman.
Since having gender reassignment surgery, Kellie, briefly dated a dentist.
An appearance on Channel 4’s First Dates was pulled when her date declined to be featured with a transgender partner. Kellie has previously admitted that dating was a “sad topic” for her.
Last year she said: “Men freak out when they find out who I am. They make up an excuse and leave or never contact me again.”
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