Chelsea Handler: “I Have Very Strong Feelings” for Andre Balazs

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Could this be love for Chelsea Handler?

The raunchy late-night comic (and pal to stars like Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon) has finally gone public with hotelier Andre Balazs; she and her beau of four months stepped out together at a Saturday bash in NYC for her new book Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me.

And an unusually serious Handler, 35, spared the usual jokes while opening up about her man, 54, during a promotional appearance on Tuesday's Piers Morgan Tonight.

"I'm seeing someone now, but," she demurred, "I have spent so much time exposing my personal life to everybody that I finally am in a situation where I feel like it's disrespectful to another person," she said of Balazs, who once dated Uma Thurman.

"I'm not being coy. We all know what's happening," added Handler, whose exes include rapper 50 Cent, Animal Planet star Dave Salmoni and Comcast CEO Ted Harbert.

"I've learned to respect somebody else's privacy," she explained. "It's not about me, because obviously I would like to make fun of him as much as possible, but he has kids, so I have to be nice."

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Is she in love this time? "I have very strong feelings," she offered simply.

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