Indeed, just this week, in response to the publicity over his Leopardstown canoodling with Eve, Lafferty seemed somewhat upset that the relationship had been rumbled, tweeting about that awkward moment when ‘your personal life goes out into the public’.
It seems he had hitherto been successful at keeping the dalliance under wraps, for reasons best known to himself.
‘I tend to be an “opposites attract” person because I think I can learn from somebody who has different perspectives.
If you have that in a relationship, you’ll get the most out of it.’ For the much younger Eve, the secretive charmer from California is her first big romance.
For even those he has crossed in love hardly have a bad word to say about him.
It’s a testament to Lafferty’s charm that he is still in favour with his ex’s family, being invited to the recent wedding of Rachael’s brother.‘I’ve the highest regard for James,’ said Jessica Wilson. He would always help you out.’Lafferty and Rachael split in September 2006, on very good terms according to her mother.
They had met in early 2005 in a bar in Wilmington, North Carolina, where One Tree Hill is filmed and where Rachael was attending university.
Caption: James and Sophia dated one another back in 2008.
"It's one of those things where you grow up a lot faster. It's just a little tight group in Wilmington." But has this man got anyone in his life at the moment?