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26, was dat­ing Calvin Har­ris at the time, and then jumped into a ro­mance with Tom Hid­dle­ston, 35). “It started off as in­no­cent texts, but those mes­sages have be­come much more flir­ta­tious, es­pe­cially after Tay­lor split from Tom [in early Septem­ber].” And now, she’s hop­ing to turn their friend­ship into a full-blown ro­mance. “She’s made it clear to Ben that she’s in­ter­ested — and Tay­lor al­ways gets what she wants.”

Ben’s ex­actly her type. “He’s ma­ture, worldly and older,” says the source, adding that Tay­lor also thinks dat­ing some­one like Ben, who is well-re­spected in Hol­ly­wood, could help re­pair her tar­nished im­age. “Her string of dis­as­trous re­la­tion­ships has made her the butt of many jokes. Dat­ing Ben might make peo­ple take her more se­ri­ously.”

Ben’s on board, even though he still isn’t di­vorced from Jen­nifer Gar­ner. “He’s had a crush on Tay­lor since they first met and feels like they have a real con­nec­tion,” says the source, adding that Ben, who’s also Dad to Samuel, 4, was at­tracted to how kindly Tay­lor treated his daugh­ters at her show. “He’s en­joy­ing get­ting to know her. He’s been send­ing her daily jokes and funny Youtube videos and has also sent flow­ers to her NYC apart­ment. He’s slowly paving a way for a ro­mance.”

But those close to Ben are beg­ging him to be care­ful. “Es­pe­cially Jen­nifer,” says the source. “She thinks Ben could be play­ing with fire. Be­tween their di­vorce and the nanny cheat­ing scan­dal, Jen thinks he’s been through enough drama over the past year and that this can only end badly. Ev­ery­one thinks he’s go­ing to walk away from this ro­mance em­bar­rassed and the sub­ject of an­other one of Tay­lor’s bit­ter breakup songs.” ◼

HE’S SMIT­TEN “Ben’s pals have urged him to stay away from Tay­lor,” says a source, “but Ben doesn’t care. He finds her re­ally sweet.”

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