Last week, we learned that Britney Spears is dating Charlie Ebersol.
It's somewhat surprising to see Brit throwing herself into another serious relationship so soon after her breakup with David Lucado, but it's not at all surprising to find that in many ways, her new dude is the exact opposite of her cheating ex.
Ebersol is wealthy, successful, stable...and most importantly, he's well-liked by the rest of the Spears clan.
"He does well financially and is very private," a source close to the family tells People magazine. "They don't have to worry about whether he is using Britney."
Of course, just because Charlie has money of his own (his father is famed NBC exec Dick Ebersol), that isn't necessarily a guarantee that he's not using Spears for his own personal gain:
Charlie works in the entertainment biz (he's a TV producer with a handful of forgotten projects to his name), and his stock had gone up considerably in just the few days since he was announced as the latest Britney beau.
According to the insider, however, none of that is of any concern to Brit and her family, and the courtship is moving at breakneck speed.
Charlie has even met Britney's two sons, which is a milestone she usually puts off until at least a couple months into a relationship.
There are rumors that Brit's notoriously controlling father, Jamie Spears, introduced Charlie and Britney in hopes that Ebersol would be a stabilizing force for his daughter and help her to secure a lucrative reality show deal.
That might mean, of course, that Britney's giddiness over Charlie has something to do with the fact that she finally has papa's approval.
Given how much everyone involved stands to gain, don't be surprised if Charlie puts a ring on it in the near future. We just hope he does it for the right reasons.