It sounds like Amanda is still goofy about Mark. I wonder how he really feels about HER?
Scud girl: I'm really in love | Herald Sun
FAST-serving playboy Mark Philippoussis has done the unthinkable scored a love-match on the Age of Love show.
Three months after the US reality dating series wrapped up, Confidential can reveal Scud and the winning beauty are still very much an item.
Amanda Salinas, a 25-year-old business assistant from Tennessee, told Confidential yesterday life with the 30-year-old Poo was better than ever.
"For whatever reason, I always felt comfortable with him, but now (the cameras aren't rolling) it's so much more comfortable," she said.
"I'm actually flying out (to San Diego) to see him tomorrow."
In an enthusiastic gush, Salinas said she had fallen for Philippoussis from their first meeting on set.
"Initially I was attracted to him physically but then saw the way he was with everyone," she said.
"He just has this huge heart.
"He was so sweet and caring and the way he talked about his family was so nice."
In the series, a group of women in their 40s vied with a bevy of beauties in their 20s to win Philippoussis's charms.
The finale aired in Australia last night and in the US this month.
Philippoussis opted for Salinas, an avid dancer, artist and reader who knows next-to-nothing about sport over her 40-something sports nut counterpart, Jenny Braff, in the final.
The girl-next-door Salinas follows a string of high-profile beauties swinging on the arm of the eligible tennis bachelor.
The Williamstown boy has dated Delta Goodrem, been linked to Paris Hilton and Tara Reid, and been engaged to 18-year-old model heiress Alexis Barbara.
But Salinas defended her new beau's playboy reputation, saying Philippoussis was just misunderstood.
"I didn't follow any sports so I didn't know who he was until I got home from the show and found out a bit of stuff," she said.
"But if I hear something about someone, I'm the sort of person who will go to the source.
"So I asked him, 'Hey, baby, did you date this person or do this?' And he said, it wasn't true.
"And I believe him."
For the final episode of the show, Salinas visited Melbourne in May to meet Philippoussis' mother and sister and to see his hometown.
"I cannot wait to go back. I have bragged about that place ever since getting home," she raved.
"There are no plans yet, but I know he always goes home to visit his family for the holidays, so we'll see."
If the dismal precedent set by dating shows is anything to go by, Salinas and Philippoussis have an uphill battle ahead of them.
But at least Salinas gets the nod of approval from Mama Philippoussis.
"Everybody was so nice to me," Salinas said of Philippoussis's family and friends.
"His mum pulled me aside because I am extremely shy, and she said, 'I can see you're shy, I understand, you're like me'."