“Happily Divorced” star Fran Drescher has landed a new beau with quite an impressive resume.
At the Hollywood premiere of “Bridegroom” Tuesday night, Drescher, 56, stepped out with tech entrepreneur Shiva Ayyadurai, 49, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate who’s been called the man who invented email.
The pair were “very affectionate,” an insider told Us Weekly. “They [were] all smiles and [seemed] very into each other and very much in love.”
Ayyadurai, who currently teaches at his alma mater, was profiled in 2011 in Time magazine for being the first person to hold a copyright for “EMAIL” — an electronic mail system he began building as a 14-year-old for the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, N.J.
Since then, the accuracy of Ayyadurai claims were questioned in a 2012 article by Gizmodo, which pointed out that the first email was actually sent in 1971 and that others were working on the linchpins of email well before Ayyadurai.
Regardless, Drescher is enjoying cooking with her new beau, and they plan to spend Halloween together, the actress told Us. “We’ve got some really good parties to go to and Iron & Wine, which is one of my favorite bands, is playing down at the Orpheum so we’re gonna be doing all that,” she said.
Since her 1999 divorce from husband Peter Marc Jacobson — the inspiration for her TV Land series “Happily Divorced” — Drescher has had her sights set on younger men.
“I’m trying to keep it, like within 10 years now,” she told HuffPost Live last year. “Definitely younger… I’ve got a lot of energy and a lot of contemporary taste in music or whatever. So I have more in common with guys who are younger.”