Speaking to the Sun she said: "We're trying to keep it out of the public eye.
We're just getting to know each other." According to reports, sparks began flying between the pair after Donnelly confessed his feelings for her live on air.
Ashley and Declan were romantically linked after the blonde came runner-up to actress Charlie Brooks, although their romance was never officially confirmed.
They kept it quiet for ages but are at last coming to terms with being a couple in public." They are now thought to be on a romantic holiday, after a trip with Dec's TV partner Anthony Mc Partlin and his wife Lisa Armstrong.
It's Decs first proper relationship since splitting with Sky Sports presenter Georgie Thompson in 2011.
According to The Sun, the pair have now confirmed their romance to family and friends, and she has told her bosses at celebrity agency James Grant Management.
A source told the paper: "They've adored each other for years and people have often thought they were together - but it's only recently they finally became an item.