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Just days af­ter Jackie O an­nounced her sep­a­ra­tion from hus­band Lee Hen­der­son, it seems the ra­dio host has found com­fort in the arms of an­other man – for­mer rugby league star Beau Ryan.

Ac­cord­ing to in­sid­ers, Jackie and Beau have known each other for years but their friend­ship grew even closer as Jackie’s 15-year mar­riage be­gan to fall apart.

“Beau makes Jac laugh like no-one else,” re­veals the source.

“They have the same sense of hu­mour and he has been a breath of fresh air for her dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time in her life.”

In fact, the pair have spent a lot of time to­gether this year with Beau, 33, of­ten step­ping in to cover for Kyle Sandi­lands on KIIS FM’S high-rated Kyle & Jackie O show when needed.

“Loved hav­ing you fill in for Kyle,” Jackie cap­tioned a snap of the duo on In­sta­gram in Septem­ber, to which Beau com­mented: “Love you @jack­ieo_of­fi­cial and Kyle too.”

And the duo’s on-air chem­istry hasn’t gone un­no­ticed by lis­ten­ers. “What a great cou­ple,”

one fan pro­claimed on In­sta­gram.

Mean­while, an­other said: “Great duo.”

Last week, Jackie took to the air­waves to re­veal she had split from Lee and had moved out of the fam­ily home.

“We’ve been sep­a­rated for quite some time,” the 43-year-old shared, adding the cou­ple’s main pri­or­ity is their 7-year-old daugh­ter Kitty.

“Our fo­cus for this next chap­ter is, of course, our won­der­ful daugh­ter and con­tin­u­ing to pro­vide her love and hap­pi­ness, to­gether.”

New Idea un­der­stands Beau, who shares two chil­dren with wife Kara, has been a source of sup­port for Jackie over the last cou­ple of months and has helped her through the tough times.

“Beau knows what it’s like to have your re­la­tion­ship scru­ti­nised by the pub­lic,” the in­sider ex­plains.

“He has been there be­fore and he also knows how im­por­tant it is to have good friends by your side through­out it all and that’s ex­actly what he has been to Jac.”

Jackie with hus­band Lee and the cou­ple’s 7-year-old daugh­ter Kitty.

“So proud of this guy and all the good work he does,” Jackie cap­tioned this snap of her with Beau on In­sta­gram.

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