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Luke Benward wrapping his arm around the waist of girlfriend Ariel Winter at an event.

Luke Benward Proves Love for Ariel Winter in Rare PDA Instagram Story

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By Edward Dodds

Ariel Winter might have lit up the Internet with her switch to fiery red hair last week, but when it comes to romance, the heat has been somewhat lacking in her new relationship with Cloud 9 actor Luke Benward—or at least, lacking publicly.

Notoriously private in their romance ever since it started last December, Ariel Winter seemed intent on changing perceptions on Saturday with an adorable series of videos and photos on her Instagram Story showing her cuddling Luke while playing with a pair of pups indoors on a lazy but cozy afternoon. Luke was swift to repost, showing fans the fledgling relationship was going strong.

Ariel Winter, Luke Benward and a friend at a red carpet event in front of a photowall.
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In the Story, the two new lovebirds were visibly smiling as they nuzzled up to each other, looking lovely, and looking loving. "so cute i can't stand it," Ariel captioned a video of Luke cuddling the cute pooch. She plastered heart emojis over a couple selfie while showing off her new red locks.

Luke added his own blushing emoji to his repost of the snap, pumping up the PDA factor. The snap appears to follow a general pattern of the two heating things up, with Ariel's Modern Family co-star and on-screen sister, Sarah Hyland, posting a PDA-filled throwback photo of the two just days prior, showing Ariel sitting on Luke's lap in a revealing dress at the Modern Family wrap party.

Ariel Winter in a short black dress at a red carpet event, in front of a photowall, with hands on hips and red hair.
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In the earlier photo, the young couple sipped matching red drinks while Luke, 24, wrapped his arms around the waist of Ariel, 22, wresting his hand on her bare thigh.

Ariel's completely sheer black mini dress, which left little to the imagination, drew criticism from some, who thought the leg-baring, underwear-flashing garment was a tad "too revealing." Luke didn't appear to be complaining, and Sarah Hyland was quick to back Ariel up against online trolls, savaging critics on social media: "Everyone that is making a negative comment about my sister can back the f**k up because I WILL NOT tolerate it."

Ariel Winter and ex-boyfriend Levi Meaden in front of an Amazon Prime video photowall, at a red carpet event.
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Ariel and Luke's relationship comes hot off the heels of her three-year relationship with Aftermath actor Levi Meaden, 32, coming to a seemingly-amicable end last October.

Although an insider close to the couple attributed the break-up to lifestyle differences, citing the "big age difference between Ariel and her boyfriend Levi" that allegedly left Ariel "a homebody," there's enough there to raise some eyebrows, with Luke having already been a long-term friend of Ariel's. "She really missed her friends and her old life which is why she’s been hanging out with Luke so much," the source explained in December, as rumors of a budding romance began flying.

Ariel Winter walking out of a salon in the LA sunshine sporting new red hair.
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Enjoying the break from work after the series finale of Modern Family, Ariel appears to be enjoying her downtime, spending more and more time with her new beau, while ditching her bookish character's signature black tresses in favor of the redhead look she sported last season hiatus.

It's certainly a time of change in the life of Ariel Winter, and we are only glad she has someone to keep her cozy through the winter as her love life takes a turn for the warmer.

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