updated 09/03/2013 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 09/03/2013 AT 3:00 PM ET
Omarosa Manigault has started a new chapter.
Manigault, 39, began dating WWE star Titus O’Neil, 36, after the two were introduced by their mutual friend Jawn Murray at the WWE Superstars of Hope Party in Beverly Hills in August, a source tells PEOPLE exclusively.
“She’s been really apprehensive about dating since Michael died,” the source said of Manigault, who kept vigil by Duncan’s hospital bed for 50 days after his July 2012 heart attack and still has pictures of him on her Twitter page. “But everyone who loves her has been encouraging her to step out and try it again. So far, things seem to be going good. They seem really happy together.
The bi-coastal couple – O’Neil lives in Tampa and she’s in Los Angeles – make their long-distance relationship work by video-chatting often. O’Neil has also flown Manigault to visit him when he’s performing in WWE shows across the country.
On Aug. 19, Manigault Instagrammed a photo of O’Neil during a match. “Watching Monday Night WWE Raw with my nephew and we are cheering for WWE superstar, my tag team partner @TitusONeilWWE #BlessedLife” she said.
Reporting by CARLOS GREER