Jes­sica Marais

finds love

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents -

As she walked into a ser­vice at the Hill­song Church in Syd­ney’s Alexan­dria last Tues­day, on­look­ers couldn’t help but no­tice there was an extra bounce in Jes­sica Marais’ step.

By her side was the man who’s made the leap from “very good friend” to new love, Syd­ney­based pho­tog­ra­pher Jake Holly. Hold­ing hands and swing­ing

their arms to­gether, the pair were bliss­fully un­aware of the gazes they were draw­ing from fel­low church­go­ers.

“They were really touchy-feely and it’s clear they’re in love,” an on­looker tells Woman’s Day of the sur­prise ap­pear­ance by the Love Child ac­tress at the ser­vice.

Jes­sica and Jake made their first pub­lic ap­pear­ance only a fort­night ago, when they at­tended a Sam Smith con­cert at Nova’s Red Room in Syd­ney.

HEAD OVER HEELS

Al­though the Lo­gie-win­ning ac­tress played coy at the time, say­ing they were “really good friends”, a source close to the 33-year-old re­veals the pair are an of­fi­cial item. And things are get­ting really se­ri­ous for the cou­ple – Jake is be­lieved to have al­ready met Jess’ five-year-old daugh­ter Scout.

“They’re head over heels with each other quite frankly,” a friend of Jes­sica’s tells Woman’s Day. “He’s been spend­ing a lot of time with her and stay­ing at her place many nights a week. It’s ob­vi­ous what­ever is go­ing on is a blos­som­ing ro­mance.”

Jake, adds our source, is thought to be the one who’s in­tro­duced Jes­sica to Hill­song, with the cou­ple at­tend­ing a ser­vice near her home.

The Pen­te­costal Me­gachurch is a favourite among celebri­ties all over the world, in­clud­ing Justin Bieber and Se­lena Gomez, who utilise their fame and so­cial me­dia ac­counts to bring more at­ten­tion to the at-times con­tro­ver­sial re­li­gion.

Jes­sica has al­ways been no­to­ri­ously pri­vate. But since she be­gan vis­it­ing Hill­song con­gre­ga­tions she’s joined In­sta­gram, and for her very first post she up­loaded an in­ti­mate photo of her­self and Jake.

WED­DING BELLS

And ea­gle-eyed fans couldn’t help but no­tice Jess was wear­ing a band on her wed­ding fin­ger for the telling snap!

For now, it’s not cer­tain if an en­gage­ment – or even a shot­gun wed­ding – has taken place. But friends say they’re thrilled to see the ac­tress in such great spir­its.

“Jess seems to be in a happy place,” shared our in­sider. “And if Jake’s a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence on her, bring­ing out her strong, healthy val­ues, then that’s fan­tas­tic.”

‘They were really touchyfeely – it’s clear they’re in love’

Church­go­ers say the pair ap­pear to be in a blos­som­ing ro­mance. Aww…

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