By Bridget Bland
When TMZ released pictures of 50 Cent and Chelsea Handler hanging out at Blue Nile Jazz Bar in New Orleans on Sunday (October 3), fans of the platinum-selling rapper and the "Chelsea Lately" talk show host were not surprised.
Since the Get Rich or Die Tryin’ rapper first appeared on the New York Times Best-Selling author’s hit E! show, 50 Cent made it clear that he thinks she’s hot.
But, this seems to be the first time that they’ve been caught out on the town. At the Nawlins bar, 50 performed a freestyle rap set as Handler looked on.
Yesterday (October 6), Handler headed to Twitter to comment on the outing.
“Everyone calm down," she tweeted. "I met with Mr. Cent about a potential project. There’s nothing to report yet, I’ll let you know if there is.”
Forbes Magazine already jumped the gun, though, dubbing them a power couple and calculating their combined income at $39 million. We figured, although Handler is denying anything serious, 50 seems to be very open to a future with the funny woman.
So is he ready for a public girlfriend?
After appearing on 'Chelsea Lately,' she joked that he tracked down her phone number and left her a message asking her out after he first appeared on her show.
In the past, 50 has been vocal about several of his relationships.
The G-Unit honcho had a very public spat with ex-girlfriend Vivica Fox, who dated in 2003, but the two made up when he apologized and asked her to star in his ‘Do You Think About Me’ video, which she accepted. He’s also openly discussed his tumultuous relationship with the mother of his son, Shaniqua Tompkins.
Meanwhile, it’s been rumored that 50 Cent has been dating Ciara for the past few years.
After starring shirtless in her sexy video ‘Can’t Leave 'Em Alone’ the two were supposedly an item, caught by shutterbugs in New York several times in 2009, but neither star ever confirmed that they were an item. Still, the Cici did ring in the 2010 New Year at Pure in Las Vegas's Caesars Palace, where 50 was hosting the party.
Though he hasn’t been public with a relationship since Fox, he's definitely vocal about expressing his admiration for Handler.
50 took to Twitter on September 23 and wrote, “A yal[l] know I love me some Chelsea Handler… she is so funny to me.”
Handler, on the other hand, has been very honest about her dating status.
On her late-night show she’s confirmed that she previously dated Comcast Entertainment Group CEO Ted Harbert and she recently ended things with Animal Planet star Dave Salmoni.
So, a future between the two stars, both 35, seems promising. We’re keeping our eyes on them.