Christine Baumgartner Is ‘Happy’ with Boyfriend Josh Connor: 'He Gives Her a Lot of Attention' (Exclusive Source)

Kevin Costner’s ex-wife Christine and her boyfriend are “spending time together,” a source tells PEOPLE

<p>Tasos Katopodis/Getty; Lester Cohen/Getty</p> Josh Connor; Christine Baumgartner

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Josh Connor; Christine Baumgartner

Christine Costner is "very happy with" boyfriend Josh Connor after her divorce from Kevin Costner.

Connor “gives her a lot of attention,” a source tells PEOPLE.

“Josh is great for" Baumgartner, 50, the source says of the financier, a longtime friend and former Santa Barbara, California neighbor of Kevin and Christine, whose divorce was finalized in February.

Connor and Baumgartner have been “spending time together as a blended family," adds the source. He is “around a lot and gives her attention. She's happy to spend a lot of time with Josh. He's more of an ideal partner for her."

Related: A Complete Timeline of Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner's Divorce

<p>Steve Granitz/FilmMagic; Lester Cohen/Getty; Tasos Katopodis/Getty</p> Kevin Costner; Christine Baumgartner; Josh Connor

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Kevin Costner; Christine Baumgartner; Josh Connor

PEOPLE exclusively reported that Baumgartner had been dating Connor for months in January, when a friend of Baumgartner's said the two had been seeing each other "since she split from Kevin." The exes settled their divorce in September 2023 after months of legal back and forth.

The financier “was initially just a friend,” they added at the time. "She likes hanging out with him. He is a divorced dad and understands what she’s been going through."

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<p>Lester Cohen/Getty </p> Christine and Kevin Costner on April 5, 2022

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Christine and Kevin Costner on April 5, 2022

Baumgartner's separation from the Horizon director-star began on May 1, 2023, when she filed for divorce, listing their date of separation as April 11. The former couple, who were married in 2004, share three kids: Cayden, 17, Hayes, 15, and Grace, 13.

During August 2023 child support hearings in her contentious divorce from the Oscar winner, Baumgartner's legal team dismissed rumors of a romance between her and Connor. At the time, they stated that he was a friend and "nothing more than that." 

Baumgartner and her new beau were initially seen spending time together in Hawaii during a July 2023 getaway. And earlier this month, they were spotted holding hands while out for a walk together in Santa Barbara.

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