Lily AllenLily Allen is reportedly “smitten” with her new art dealer boyfriend.

The ‘Smile’ singer has been spotted repeatedly hugging and kissing Jay Jopling during a holiday on the Caribbean island of St Barts over New Year and sources close to the singer say things are going well between the two of them.

A source told the Sun that the pair met through Lily’s dad Keith Allen: “Jay moved in the same circles as Lily’s father, so they have known each other for a number of years.

“They went on a series of dates towards the end of last year and really hit it off.

“It’s early days in their relationship, but Lily has been telling pals how happy she is.”

But according to the source, her friends can’t feel the joy because they’re worried about the 22 year age gap between 23 year old Lily and the 45 year old multi-millionaire: “She is thrilled with her new man, but some of her friends have urged caution because of the huge age difference. They don’t want to see her get hurt.”

Lily has been largely single since splitting up from Chemical Brothers star Ed Simons at the start of 2008.