Maria Church reveals the truth about Charlotte and Jonathan Powell's romance

Charlotte Church is famously close to her mum, so it comes as no surprise that Maria’s been playing Cupid in her blossoming romance with musician Jonathan Powell.

Maria has been Charlotte’s rock since the end of her five-year relationship with Gavin Henson,

‘When Jonathan was starting to show interest in Charlotte, Maria was encouraging her to see more of him,’ a friend close to Maria tells Now.

‘She was telling her: “Go on girl, he’s gorgeous. Let him take you out.”‘

Maria always had a good feeling about Jonathan – she’s known him for a number of years and he’s a really good boy.’

It seems Maria’s advice hasn’t fallen on deaf ears: Charlotte, 24, was spotted outside Abbey Road studios with Jonathan last week, dressed in a flattering maxi skirt and looking the picture of happiness.

The pair first met four years ago when Jonathan worked behind the bar at Maria’s pub The Robin Hood in Cardiff.

And with Jonathan and Charlotte penning songs together, it’s little wonder the couple quickly bonded.

Jonathan‘s definitely got charm,’ says a close pal, ‘and he was always a real flirt with the women in the bar. He’d have all the chat and made them laugh. But he never slept around.

‘He used to say he was saving himself for “the one”. If this is the real thing with Charlotte, I’d say he was right to wait because he’s done pretty well for himself there.’

If Gavin thought he’d had the last laugh, he’d better think again.

See the full story about Charlotte Church in Now magazine dated 16 August 2010 – out now!