Jenny McCarthy's New Man, Jason Toohey: Can He Fill Jim Carrey's Shoes?

Jenny McCarthy's new boyfriend is a former fitness model from Las Vegas.

BySheila Marikar
August 18, 2010, 6:13 AM

Aug. 18, 2010 — -- It looks like Jenny McCarthy's found a new man.

The former Playboy model's new boyfriend, former fitness model Jason Toohey, recently posted a photo of them on his Facebook page. McCarthy, 37, and Toohey, 35, have reportedly been dating for months.

Papparazzi have also snapped photos of the two out and about in Las Vegas -- Toohey's hometown where McCarthy and her 8-year-old son, Evan, have taken up residence while her Los Angeles house is getting rebuilt.

"I've been living in Vegas for about a month," McCarthy told People magazine Saturday. "My house is under construction right now in L.A., so I very well could be here until it's done. It's been awesome here."

Toohey marks the first major relationship McCarthy has had since she and actor Jim Carrey broke up in April. For five years, McCarthy and Carrey, 48, appeared to have had one of the industry's most fun-loving relationships -- on Valentine's Day, Carrey hired a plane to write "J Hearts J" across the Los Angeles skyline.

He followed that up with a sweet, if a tad sick, post on Twitter: "Jenny my Love, you've stolen my heart, my soul and of course anything you find in my pants."

But the news of the couple's breakup on Twitter was more bittersweet than buoyant:

"I'm so grateful for the years Jim and I had together," McCarthy wrote. "I will stay committed to Jane [Carrey's 22-year-old daughter] and will always keep Jim as a leading man in my heart."

"Jenny and I have just ended our 5yr relationship," Carrey tweeted. "I'm grateful 4 the many blessings we've shared and I wish her the very best!"

While the former Playboy Playmate and the "Yes Man" star maintained a sunny relationship in public, behind the scenes, it may have had a dark side.

In 2004, Carrey spoke out about his battle with depression on "60 Minutes."

"There are peaks, there are valleys. But they're all kind of carved and smoothed out, and it feels like a low level of despair you live in," Carrey explained. "I was on Prozac for a long time. It may have helped me out of a jam for a little bit, but people stay on it forever. I had to get off at a certain point because I realized that, you know, everything's just OK."

Autism, Depression Might Have Strained McCarthy-Carrey Relationship

Depression wasn't the only condition that affected the couple. McCarthy has long been vocal about her son Evan's battle with autism. She had Evan with her ex-husband, director John Asher, whom she divorced in 2005.

In 2007, talking about her struggle to accept her son's condition on "Oprah," she stressed that Carrey was there for him.

"He has been so wonderful in Evan's life," she said. "He has been through it all with me. ... He did fall in love with Evan, and he's so good with him. [He's] opened his heart and the relationship is great."

Earlier this year, McCarthy told Time magazine that thanks to her prayers and a variety of treatments, she believes Evan has overcome autism.

"Evan couldn't talk -- now he talks. Evan couldn't make eye contact -- now he makes eye contact," she said. "Evan was antisocial -- now he makes friends. It was amazing to watch, over the course of doing this, how certain therapies work for certain kids and they completely don't work for others. ... When something didn't work for Evan, I didn't stop. I stopped that treatment, but I didn't stop."

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