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Not just a quick fling! Jimmy Bartel makes it Instagram official with new girlfriend

Things are clearly heating up between these two.

By Rebecca Sullivan
In the world of celebrity hook-ups and breakups, who you do and don't follow on Instagram may as well be accepted as scientific fact.
If a celeb decides to unfollow their romantic partner on the 'gram, as Jimmy Bartel and Nadia Bartel both did just a few months ago before publicly announcing their split, you can pretty much say for certain that the relationship is over.
And the same goes for any new love interests celebs start following - a click on the follow button means things are clearly heating up.
So eagle-eyed followers of ex-AFL star Jimmy, who split from Nadia, the mother of his children, in August, have noticed something very interesting about his recent Instagram activity.
Jimmy has started following his new girlfriend, Melbourne woman Lauren Brand, on Instagram.
The stunning blonde is also following her new man on the socials, after the pair reportedly started dating a few months ago.
Jimmy Bartel speaks on a panel during a Greater Western Sydney Giants media opportunity at The Star on September 25, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images) Getty
Jimmy and Nadia looking tense at the Australian Open earlier this year. Getty
Lauren is based in London but is from Melbourne. Instagram
A sultry selfie from Lauren's Instagram. Instagram
While Lauren has kept her Instagram account on private for now, screenshots seen by Now To Love reveal the new couple are officially following each other on Instagram.
As you can see from the images below, Lauren has become one of Jimmy's 123,000 Instagram followers.
The proof! Instagram
Lauren is keeping her account on private for now, despite having 1110 followers. Now To Love
The screenshot shows Jimmy is following Lauren on Instagram. Now To Love
And Lauren has followed him right back. Now To Love
Around August, Nadia and Jimmy unfollowed each other on Instagram and have both been spotted out and about without their wedding rings since announcing their breakup.
Nadia, who has two sons with Jimmy, Henley, 10 months, and Aston, three, said she was "heartbroken" by the split.
"It's been a very difficult month for me and the boys," Nadia told The Herald Sun at the time.
"Although I'm heartbroken, I don't want to comment specifically on what's been reported about Jim's trip to the UK as I don't think that is in anyone's interests," she said, referring to reports that Jimmy travelled to London to be with Lauren, who is based in the UK capital.
"My single focus now is to continue to protect, care and provide for my two beautiful boys as this is a personal matter. I am so thankful for my very supportive family and friends."
WATCH BELOW: Jimmy Bartel's son doesn't recognise him without his beard. Story continues after video.
Jimmy also addressed the split in August and has not denied the cheating allegations.
"It's not great, but I am probably not going to provide any commentary on it," he told Melbourne radio station 3AW.
"I know I am in the public eye and people are interested, but it is a private matter and I ask for a bit of respect because obviously Nadia and the boys (are) involved.
"I still enjoy coming to work and I love working with everybody in football. I love the game so I can't see why I wouldn't keep showing up for work."
Since the split was announced, Nadia and Jimmy are no longer living under the same roof.
The popular Melbourne fashion influencer has kept herself busy with her various work projects, including fashion line Henne, media hosting duties, including the red carpet at the 2019 Brownlow Awards, and an appearance on the Channel Seven's The All New Monty: Ladies Night

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