Max George's new girlfriend Lucy Mecklenburgh is ''not stupid'' about their romance.

Reality TV star Lucy - who recently called time on her relationship with ex-fiancé Mario Falcone after he cheated on her - wants her love life under control and will be cautious with The Wanted hunk, who has a reputation for his womanising ways.

She told heat magazine: ''I'm not stupid and I don't think Max is as bad as people think he is. We do talk and I do like him, but it's early stages.

''Every relationship you come out of you learn a lot of. I definitely have and I'm very cautious. I just want to have a good time at the minute.''

Lucy's co-star in 'The Only Way Is Essex's, James Locke, thinks she will go back to Mario despite her claims she is completely over him.

He said: ''I think Lucy will get back with Mario and it won't work with Max. He has a lot of female fans.''