Patti LaBelle and Eric Seats via Instagram.

Patti LaBelle and Eric Seats via Instagram.

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Patti LaBelle is reportedly dating her 41-year-old drummer.

The singer, 71 years old, has apparently been seeing drummer Eric Seats over the past year and a half, though they have tried to keep the news of their relationship from leaking out, according to Daily Mail Oline.

“She tried to keep it quiet, but everyone around her has figured things out now. She’s completely smitten with him and they spend so much time together,” a source revealed.

The source went on to say that the two met a few years ago and that LaBelle had been coming off of a bad relationship. She and the drummer got to talking after a while and hit it off.

“It wasn’t long before he was helping her heal her broken heart,” the source said. “He made her feel at ease and she loved that he had such a vast experience working in the music business.”

A year ago, Seats left Los Angeles to move to Philadelphia to be with LaBelle, and now they are inseparable.

“Everything they do now, they do it together. She hasn’t seemed this happy in years. Apparently those who know him, say he’s always dated older women,” said a source.

However, LaBelle’s son, 42-year-old Zuri Edwards, is reportedly a bit uncomfortable with his mom dating someone who is younger than he is.

“Not only is Zuri her son, but he’s her manager as well. He saw how hard she took her last breakup with the much-younger man she was seeing and just doesn’t want to see his mom hurt again,” explained the source.

Several photos of LaBelle and Seats have emerged on social media.

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