American Idol’s Paul McDonald Dating Twilight’s Nikki Reed

When Paul McDonald was booted off “American Idol” this week, the musician from Alabama was all smiles. It turned out he made someone special really happy with his exit from the show.

McDonald confirmed to People that he is indeed “officially dating” “The Twilight Saga” star Nikki Reed, who he said was “pumped” that America did not choose him as one of the Top 7 “American Idol” finalists. “She is actually pumped,” McDonald told People Magazine. “She said, ‘Dude, you finally get to do your thing and be yourself and be the artist you are.’ She is happy about the whole situation. She has been nothing but cool to me.”

McDonald, who is frontman of his band Grand Magnolias, also gushed about Reed in a recent talk with press people. “She’s super cool, man, she’s super smart, really cool girl. I’m happy about it. We’ve been hanging out, here and there, you know we’re both pretty busy, but it’s been fun so far,” he said.