Eva Longoria has given an interview for the first time about her relationship with her new boyfriend, Miami-based entrepreneur and philanthropist Ernesto Arguello.

Longoria met Arguello last year when he was cast in the reality dating show Ready for Love, which she produced, and while there were rumours three months ago that they were in a relationship, they were still only friends at the time.

In an exclusive interview with People magazine, Longoria said: "I think that's why our relationship is so special – we truly started as friends."

She continued: "I guess we have the press to thank for pushing us to see something we didn't see!"

A "source close to the couple" told People: "Eva and Ernesto are a perfect match. They both speak Spanish; have the same religion and the same cultural background."

The source added: "Their friendship and their similar philanthropic interests laid the foundation for their new romance. They're very much in love."

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Eva Longoria and Ernesto Arguello