Patti LaBelle saw a successful end of 2015 as far as her business life is concerned, but according to a report from the Daily Mail she’s having a very successful personal life as well.
Word on the street is that 71-year-old Patti has found love and is dating her drummer, 41-year-old Eric Seats.
They’ve been dating for a year-and-a-half.
‘She tried to keep it quiet, but everyone around her has figured things out now. She’s completely smitten with him and they spend so much time together,’ said the source.
The music legend and Seats first met when he was hired to be her drummer several years ago.
LaBelle was just coming out of a bad relationship, but thought Seats was attractive and she started to chat with him after her shows.
‘It wasn’t long before he was helping her heal her broken heart,’ the source revealed.
‘He made her feel at ease and she loved that he had such a vast experience working in the music business.
Seats packed up and moved across the country just to be with her. He left Los Angeles a year ago for Philadelphia – where LaBelle is based.
‘Patti was so happy he moved to Philly with her. She loves having him with her all the time. She even has a big portrait of the two of them up on her wall in her bedroom,’ told the source.
LaBelle has two Grammys and two American Music Awards for her R&B hits like ‘If Only You Knew’ and ‘The Right Kinda Lover’ and Seats has his own impressive resume.
He has toured with Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, Timbaland and Missy Elliott, in addition to producing songs for Destiny’s Child, Aaliyah, 702 and Tank.
‘Everything they do now, they do it together. She hasn’t seemed this happy in years. Apparently those who know him, say he’s always dated older women,’ said a source.
While the two seem very happy, at least one person isn’t – Labelle’s 42-year-old son, Zuri Edwards.
A source tells Daily Mail Online he doesn’t really like the idea of his mother dating a man a year younger than he is.
Come on, Patti! We guess cakes and pies aren’t the only things cooking in Ms. Patti’s kitchen!