After months of denying rumours of her new love, Eva Longoria has made her relationship with Ernesto Arguello official.
Speaking about the Miami-based entrepreneur and philanthropist, the Desperate Housewives star told People magazine: "I think that's why our relationship is so special – we truly started as friends."
The couple met last year on reality dating TV show Ready For Love, produced by Eva and on which Ernesto appeared as a contestant. They have been brushing off rumours of romance for months – until recently when their friendship turned into more.
"I guess we have the press to thank for pushing us to see something we didn't see!" said the actress.
Once Eva, 38, had made their romance public for the first time, she shared the good news with social media fans, tweeting: "Happy to share NOW that it's true! Couldn't be happier."
Her handsome beau Ernesto didn't waste any time in responding, "Me too baby, I LOVE YOU."
Eva, who recently split from Penelope Cruz's brother Eduardo, has already taken a trip to Nicaragua to meet her 34-year-old boyfriend's whole family.
"Eva and Ernesto are a perfect match," a source told People. "They both speak Spanish, have the same religion and the same cultural background."
Both are also avid philanthropists. While Eva is founder of the Eva Longoria Foundation which “helps Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship", Ernesto has worked on projects that include building homes and schools in Latin America.
The two have also visited Ernesto's native country of Honduras to see the fruits of his efforts, that benefit communities and impoverished families.