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Move along please, nothing to see here! Gerard Butler heads back to his hotel at 5am...with a mystery brunette hidden in the back of his cab
An otherwise straightforward trip back to a hotel turned into a covert operation for Gerard Butler when photographers spotted him out and about in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The genial Scot had been enjoying an extremely late night out at swanky London nightspot Le Baron Club having arrived at 3am, but left just two-hours later in the company of an attractive brunette.
While Gerard looked casual in a leather bomber jacket and baseball cap, his date was dressed elegantly in a stylish black outfit that she teamed with a pair of sunglasses – an odd choice of accessory, given the hour.
Making an exit: Gerard Butler leaves Le Baron with an attractive companion on Saturday evening
Nothing to see here: Gerard looks a little anxious as he makes his way to a separate taxi
As cameramen immortalised their exit, the 43-year-old actor appeared anxious to play the whole thing down by holding out a hand as if insisting there was really nothing to get excited about.
However, the mystery intensified when Gerard headed off in a separate taxi which his female companion followed before climbing in and ducking down beneath the rear passenger seat as they sped off into the night.
The actor is said to be back in a relationship with Romanian model and actress Madalina Ghenea – with whom he enjoyed a romantic trip to Italy in June while she was in Rome for a photo-shoot with magazine lo Donna.
I'm off: Genial Scot Gerard Butler is in no mood for photos as he heads back to his hotel after a night out in London
I'll be seeing you: Cameramen get a polite wave from Gerard as he make a beeline for his taxi
During their holiday the couple were spotted looking loved up as they took past Rome’s picturesque Fontana di Trevi.
Gerard appeared to be in a playful mood that night as he posed for a handful of holiday snaps, with their impromptu appearance in the Italian capital coming just weeks after Madalina opened up about her love for Gerard during an appearance on Italian talk show Verissimo.
‘He’s a great guy who knows how to do everything and I hope he will never change in any way,’ she said at the time.
Step on it: Gerard cuts an anxious figure as his driver speeds off
Don't mind me: Gerard hides his face as cameramen snap away following his hasty exit
What's this then: Someone appears to be hiding in the back of Gerard Butler's cab
There she is: Gerard's mystery companion pops up from the rear of his cab as he attempts to hide her face
More recently the couple enjoyed a brief stay in Ms. Ghenea’s homeland, where they visited a string of tourist hotspots before she flew back to Italy to appear on TV show The Borgias.
Speaking to Romanian TV station ProTV on its Italian set, the model and actress shot down rumours that an argument with Butler prompted her hasty departure.
‘We didn’t have a fight, it’s not true,’ she said. ‘We definitely didn’t come to Romania to have a fight. We came here so I could show him my country, and he enjoyed it very much.’
Current squeeze: Gerard Butler and Madalina Ghenea enjoy a romantic stroll through Rome in June