Ed Westwick shares a kiss with model girlfriend Tamara Francesconi as new couple are seen together for the first time during lunch with his mother

Ed Westwick has been pictured with his new girlfriend, South African model Tamara Trancesconi for the first time. 

The Gossip Girl star has had a tumultuous time in the last few months after he split from girlfriend Jessica Serfaty and was cleared of sexual assault charges. 

But his new romance appears to be serious as he was pictured enjoying a lunch date with Tamara and his mother at Mel's Diner in West Hollywood on Saturday.

New love: Ed Westwick has been pictured with his new girlfriend, South African model Tamara Trancesconi for the first time

New love: Ed Westwick has been pictured with his new girlfriend, South African model Tamara Trancesconi for the first time

Ed, 32, went public with Tamara during the Los Angeles outing, after insiders claimed the couple have been dating for weeks. 

Ed looked besotted with the brunette, as the pair shared a kiss during the casual lunch with his mother and friends.

The star was also seen greeting his mother, who looked elegant in a white sun hat, with a kiss on her cheek before the group tucked into food and drinks.  

Close: The actor was pictured enjoying a lunch date with Tamara and his mother at Mel's Diner in West Hollywood on Saturday

Close: The actor was pictured enjoying a lunch date with Tamara and his mother at Mel's Diner in West Hollywood on Saturday

Time out: The Gossip Girl star has had a tumultuous time in the last few months after he split from girlfriend Jessica Serfaty and was cleared of sexual assault charges

Time out: The Gossip Girl star has had a tumultuous time in the last few months after he split from girlfriend Jessica Serfaty and was cleared of sexual assault charges

Tamara showed off her model figure in a crop top and black jeans for the outing, while Ed was dressed down in a black hoodie after working out.

At one point the actor whipped off his top and sat shirtless for a moment, flaunting his tattoos, before putting a vest back on.  

A source told The Sun on Monday that Tamara is a hit with Ed's close-knit family: 'Tamara's head over heels with him and Ed is proud to tell everyone Tamara is his girlfriend,' the insider claimed.

Going public: Insiders have said Ed and Tamara have been dating for several weeks and Ed's family have given the romance their seal of approval
Going public: Insiders have said Ed and Tamara have been dating for several weeks and Ed's family have given the romance their seal of approval

Going public: Insiders have said Ed and Tamara have been dating for several weeks and Ed's family have given the romance their seal of approval

Family: Ed was seen greeting his mother Carole with a kiss on the cheek as they enjoyed an al fresco meal at the popular eatery

Family: Ed was seen greeting his mother Carole with a kiss on the cheek as they enjoyed an al fresco meal at the popular eatery 

Intimate: Ed and Tamara shared a quick kiss while saying their goodbyes after lunch

Intimate: Ed and Tamara shared a quick kiss while saying their goodbyes after lunch

'His friends and family all approve and think they're a great match.'

MailOnline has contacted Ed and Tamara's representatives for comment.  

News of his new relationship comes after the star went through a tumultuous time in 2018, when he was cleared of sexual assault before splitting from his girlfriend of 16 months, Jessica Serfaty.  

Inked: At one point the actor whipped off his top and sat shirtless for a moment, flaunting his tattoos, before putting a vest back on

Inked: At one point the actor whipped off his top and sat shirtless for a moment, flaunting his tattoos, before putting a vest back on

Stripping off: The British actor made the most of the California sunshine during lunch

 Stripping off: The British actor made the most of the California sunshine during lunch

Shirtless: Ed sported an array of tattoos on his chest and arms including a pin-up girl on his right bicep

Shirtless: Ed sported an array of tattoos on his chest and arms including a pin-up girl on his right bicep 

Outing: Ed has been keeping a low profile since being cleared of sexual assault charges

Outing: Ed has been keeping a low profile since being cleared of sexual assault charges

A source close to the model and actress, 28, told the Sun: 'Ed did not dump Jess, I think they still love each other — they're just taking time apart to work on themselves and their careers.'

The split came shortly after Ed was cleared of sexual assault charges after four women made accusations in 2016. 

The district attorney's office decided to go forward with an investigation into three of the allegations in March.

Model: Tamara showed off her model figure in a crop top and black jeans for the outing

Model: Tamara showed off her model figure in a crop top and black jeans for the outing

Time off: Ed looked relaxed as he enjoyed time with his family and friends after a difficult year

Time off: Ed looked relaxed as he enjoyed time with his family and friends after a difficult year

Happy: The Gossip Girl star looked besotted with his gorgeous girlfriend as he kissed her goodbye

Happy: The Gossip Girl star looked besotted with his gorgeous girlfriend as he kissed her goodbye

In a memo released in July, prosecutors said they were not able to collect enough evidence to pursue charges against Westwick.

Ed's lawyer Blair Berk told TMZ: 'The evidence was clear from the start that each of the allegations made by these three women were absolutely untrue.

'It is a shame there are those who prejudged this case and that it took over eight months for Ed to be officially cleared of all of these charges.

Former flame: News of his new relationship comes after the star went through a tumultuous time in 2018 after he split from his girlfriend of 16 months, Jessica Serfaty (pictured in 2017)

Former flame: News of his new relationship comes after the star went through a tumultuous time in 2018 after he split from his girlfriend of 16 months, Jessica Serfaty (pictured in 2017)

Tough time: The split came shortly after Ed was cleared of sexual assault charges after four women made accusations in 2016

Tough time: The split came shortly after Ed was cleared of sexual assault charges after four women made accusations in 2016

Fighting: The district attorney's office decided to go forward with an investigation into three of the allegations in March before lack of evidence led to the charges being dropped in July

Fighting: The district attorney's office decided to go forward with an investigation into three of the allegations in March before lack of evidence led to the charges being dropped in July

Step back: Ed has not had a role since the allegations broke in November 2017

Step back: Ed has not had a role since the allegations broke in November 2017 

Off work: The actor has been lying low, spending time with family and friends in Los Angeles where he now lives

Off work: The actor has been lying low, spending time with family and friends in Los Angeles where he now lives

Pin up: Ed looked worlds away from his breakout role as Chuck Bass on the smash hit show Gossip Girl

Pin up: Ed looked worlds away from his breakout role as Chuck Bass on the smash hit show Gossip Girl

'I hope that those who made such quick judgment here not knowing anything about the abundant evidence of innocence in this case will hesitate next time before they so publicly accuse someone who has committed no wrongdoing.'

The actor also vehemently denied the claims on Twitter, writing: 'I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape.'

The allegations resulted in the re-shooting of scenes involving the actor in the BBC adaptation of the Agatha Christie's Ordeal By Innocence, with Christian Cooke replacing him after the show was cut from the UK's Christmas TV schedule. 

Relaxed: He sported a black hooded vest for the casual lunch date at Mel's Diner

Relaxed: He sported a black hooded vest for the casual lunch date at Mel's Diner

Tucking in: Ed enjoyed a slice of toast after hitting a work out with his friends

Tucking in: Ed enjoyed a slice of toast after hitting a work out with his friends

Casual: The star lent back in his chair and relaxed during his low-key Saturday

Casual: The star lent back in his chair and relaxed during his low-key Saturday

Tats: Ed's ink collection could be seen as he stripped off his hoodie including the Billy Joel lyric 'I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints' on his arm

Tats: Ed's ink collection could be seen as he stripped off his hoodie including the Billy Joel lyric 'I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints' on his arm 

Picking up the bill: Ed whipped out his credit card after the group dinner

Picking up the bill: Ed whipped out his credit card after the group dinner 

New girlfriend: Tamara and Ed have reportedly been together for a number of weeks

New girlfriend: Tamara and Ed have reportedly been together for a number of weeks

Ed Westwick pictured with new girlfriend Tamara Francesconi for the first time

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