Until now the two—who have yet to officially acknowledge a romance—had been determined to keep their pairing under wraps; Grant, for example, donned a bull mask to exit Khan's London home on July 7. Jemima's divorce from Pakistani cricket champ-turned-politician Imran Khan, 51, only became final in June. They were married for nine years and have two sons. "This was a mutual decision and is clearly very sad for both of us," Imran said in a June 22 statement, blaming the rift on long-distance stresses as he worked in Pakistan and Jemima preferred London.
And Grant—who hasn't been linked to a serious romance since his 2000 split from Elizabeth Hurley—seems to prefer having her there. Says Haslam: "She has that quality that makes men go weak in the knees."
Take England's most notoriously commitment-averse bachelor, pair him with one of the world's most dazzling high-society heiresses and voila!—an irresistible treat for London tabloids, now feasting on the romance between actor Hugh Grant, 43, and Jemima Khan, 30, the daughter of the late French-British billionaire entrepreneur Sir James Goldsmith. After months of playing hide-and-seek with the paparazzi, the pair are finally bringing their relationship into the open, recently kissing at upper-crust hangout Annabel's in London. "We've got two of the highest-profile people in London, who are both extremely beautiful," says society columnist (and Khan pal) Nicky Haslam. "There's always something very attractive about two beautiful people being together."