Miranda Kerr's New Boyfriend: Casino Billionaire

She's said to be dating James Packer after Orlando Bloom split

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 2, 2013 10:00 AM CST

(Newser) – Miranda Kerr may not have her sights set on Justin Bieber after all. Woman's Day in Australia is reporting that the supermodel, recently separated from hubby Orlando Bloom, is now in a relationship with Australian casino mogul and billionaire James Packer. Packer was married to another model, Erica Baxter, for six years, but they split up a month before Kerr and Bloom, in September; the two couples had vacationed together in Tahiti months before the respective break-ups.

"Miranda may come across as an Earth Mother but she loves the high life and James can provide the sort of lifestyle and security very few could give her," a friend says. "I couldn't be happier for her—this year’s been pretty difficult for Miranda. Her career seems to have hit a slump and she was totally devastated by the split." Interestingly, she and Packer reportedly met through Bloom and Baxter. The Sydney Morning Herald says they've been friends for a long time. Packer, 46, has three children with Baxter, including a daughter who just turned one, while Kerr, 30, has a young son, Flynn, with Bloom.

James Packer, right, and his wife Erica Baxter attend the opening ceremony for hard Rock Hotel at the City of Dreams, one of the giant casino complex in Macau, Monday, June 1, 2009.   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
James Packer, left, and Erica Baxter attend the opening ceremony of Crown Macau, complex of hotel and casino in Macau Saturday, May 12, 2007.   (AP Photo/Str)
Chairman of Publishing and Broadcasting LTD, James Packer leaves the annual general meeting in Sydney, Australia, in this Oct. 26, 2004 file photo.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)
Model Miranda Kerr attends the Stuart Weitzman & Gilt digital pop-up shop event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of "5050 Boot" at Neuhouse on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Model Miranda Kerr presents a creation as part of Stella McCartney's ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2014 fashion collection, presented Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 in Paris.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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