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Love Is Blindness sang Bono on U2’s classic Achtung Baby album back in 1991, the year little Memphis Eve was born – and this could be a good time to dig the song out and give it a spin for his now 19-year-old daughter.

For her new boyfriend, TV star James Lafferty, is nothing if not a charmer – but one with a deeply cynical attitude to using that charm, who has left a trail of romantic carnage in his wake.

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Even one of his cast-mates on One Tree Hill, whose ex-wife hooked up with Lafferty, says: ‘James and I are friends.

We’re a tight little group.’ And last night, even the mother of another ex of his gushed that he was ‘an amazing young man’.

But the 25-year-old California-born actor, whose parents run a construction firm in a blue-collar town outside Los Angeles, makes no secret of his contemptuous attitude to the fair sex.‘I don’t get a whole lot out of the romance thing but I realise girls do.

So I’ll go out of my way to make them feel romanced,’ Lafferty confessed to the US magazine Portrait.

Indeed, just this week, in response to the publicity over his Leopardstown canoodling with Eve, Lafferty seemed somewhat upset that the relationship had been rumbled, tweeting about that awkward moment when ‘your personal life goes out into the public’.

It seems he had hitherto been successful at keeping the dalliance under wraps, for reasons best known to himself.

The couple were seen together at a gig in New York in November.

But just two months ago, Lafferty seemed to be at pains to keep the affair secret, tweeting: ‘I am not dating any one particular person at the moment… It sounds like a cliche but I still haven’t met the “one”, I guess.’ Yet sources close to the 6ft2in former high school basketball player insist the pair have been an item ‘for a while’.‘That’s old news,’ said the mother of Rachael Wilson, one of Lafferty’s former girlfriends, whom he dated for more than 18 months.

It’s a testament to Lafferty’s charm that he is still in favour with his ex’s family, being invited to the recent wedding of Rachael’s brother.‘I’ve the highest regard for James,’ said Jessica Wilson. He would always help you out.’Lafferty and Rachael split in September 2006, on very good terms according to her mother.

They had met in early 2005 in a bar in Wilmington, North Carolina, where One Tree Hill is filmed and where Rachael was attending university.

He then began a relationship with co-star Sophia Bush but managed to keep that quiet, too.

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