Cougar Patti LaBelle 71, has new toy boy 41

So Patti Labelle has a new boyfriend.

The 71-year-old iconic singer has a new toyboy in the 41-year-old musician – Eric Seats – who is younger than her son.

Patti is reportedly dating her drummer and has apparently been seeing him over the past year and a half, though they have tried to keep it hush-hush.

“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,” a source close to the star told the Daily Mail.

Patti reportedly met Eric many years ago when he was first hired to be her band’s drummer. Although the “Lady Marmalade” singer was just coming out of a relationship at the time, she allegedly found Eric to be very attractive and began chatting with him after her shows.

“It wasn’t long before he was helping her heal her broken heart”, the source continued. “He made her feel at ease and she loved that he had such a vast experience working in the music business”.

“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”, the source added of the couple.

Things aren’t all sunshine and rainbows in the LaBelle family however. Patti’s son, 42-year-old Zuri Edwards, is reportedly a bit uncomfortable with his mother dating someone who is younger than he is.

Zuri’s reservations come from concern born from “how hard she took her last breakup with the much-younger man she was seeing and just doesn’t want to see his mum hurt again”, an insider said.

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Photo Credit: George Kline – Eric Seats 

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