Ros Reines, The Sunday Telegraph, reports
There have been alarm bells ringing out across town ever since steamy shots of Delta Goodrem cavorting in a Mexican resort swimming pool with a new man surfaced.
There she was with baby-faced Canadian director Ryan Pallotta in the pool of the Las Ventanas al Paraiso resort at Los Cabos, splashed across various tabloid magazines.
You could almost hear the sharp intake of breath among her fans. Oh no, is Delta set to dive into another potentially doomed relationship?
You can't blame people for getting a bit twitchy because the singing star has an interesting default position when it comes to romance - most of her men are unsuitable for one reason or another.
You don't agree? Let's just run a through a few of the highlights from Goodrem's dating history. The Poo - Mark Philippoussis - who was rumoured to have cheated on her with Paris Hilton, of all people, and has changed beautiful girlfriends since then with monotonous regularity.
Her engagement with former fiance Brian McFadden lasted for seven years with no wedding date in sight.
Straight-laced American pop star Nick Jonas was nearly a decade younger than her.
And lovable ladies man Darren McMullen stopped short of having a committed relationship.
If Goodrem, 28, has a typical man, they should all come under the category Proceed With Caution - Rocky Road to Love Ahead.
However her team is quick to deny there's any new love interest. ``
"Delta and Ryan are not dating, they did spend time in Mexico recently for a vacation with a group of friends," insists Goodrem's Sydney rep Jennifer Fontaine, of Private Idaho.
She points out that singer Goodrem is back in town now for the recording of a 10-year anniversary package of album Innocent Eyes that is set to be released shortly.
However she is soon to return to the US to continue working on new music.
Whatever really is going on between them, it has taken a little while to develop. Pallotta, who is definitely hot, directed the video for her single Wish You Were Here last September and the two kept in touch.
But Pallotta has a frenetic career and no shortage of sexy singers' videos to direct, including Demi Lovato's Made In The USA.
On paper Pallotta looks fine but I think maybe it's time for Goodrem to find a partner who is more substantial - more mature man than boy toy.
The thing is that Goodrem is in danger of falling into the Kylie Minogue dating trap.
Minogue, 45, who has made no secret of the fact that she would have loved to settle down and have a baby, has dated a series of emotionally unavailable men, including the late Michael Hutchence, James Gooding, Lenny Kravitz and of course Olivier Martinez, who is now set to become a parent with partner Halle Berry.
Like Minogue, Goodrem has had her share of serious health challenges, successfully battling Hodgkin's lymphoma.
She truly deserves to find a partner who is nurturing and protective. Maybe it's time for her to look beyond a Mexican holiday romance for that.