politics of the heart

Supermodel Naomi Campbell is dating Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, according to odd newspaper reports in the South American country.

The British stunner recently travelled to Caracas to interview Chavez for GQ magazine - and reporters claim the pair are smitten with each other and have been courting for two months.

Respected El Universal journalist, Nelson Bocaranda, claims 53-year-old Chavez fell "head-over-heels" in love with Campbell after their interview, in which he invited the 37-year-old to "touch my muscles".

The catwalk queen is quoted in El Universal, describing Chavez as "not a gorilla, he is more a bull".

Chavez has four children from two marriages. Campbell, who counts Robert De Niro and U2's Adam Clayton among her exes, has never married.

The news comes on the same day as the marriage of French leader Nicolas Sarkozy and former supermodel Carla Bruni. - Wenn