Kelly Brook has been spending time with a convicted murderer.

The 33-year-old model split from former rugby player Thom Evans last week and since the pair made a ''mutual'' decision to separate Kelly has been hanging out with club owner Chris Paciello - who has criminal past - while she is in Miami, Florida, for a photo shoot.

Kelly thanked Chris for looking after her during her trip on Twitter, writing: ''Thank you to a true Miami Legend for taking care of me and my Friends this week @ChrisPaciello1 xx (sic)''

Chris was quick to respond to her comment, posting: ''@IAMKELLYBROOK It was truly my pleasure. You girls are amazing! xx (sic)''

Chris, 41, was jailed for murder after a Staten Island gang robbery in 1993 where a housewife was shot in the head and killed.

Chris pleaded guilty to charges of murder and armed robbery and was convicted to 10 years in prison in 2000, eventually serving seven years.

According to his lawyer at the time, Chris helped put away 70 top criminals after his arrest by feeding information to the FBI on key figures in the Mafia.

Chris was romantically involved with 'Modern Family' actress Sofia Vergara at the time, who put up his bail at an estimated £10 million.

The former criminal has also been romantically linked to singer-and-actress Jennifer Lopez, Australian pop starNatalie Imbruglia and Madonna - who he briefly dated in the 90s.

Kelly has previously dated actors Jason Statham and Billy Zane and rugby star Danny Cipriani before she began dating Thom in November 2010.