The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, who recently took her May-to-December relationship to the next level by moving the 32-year-old son of Rod Stewart into her home, secretly hooked up with Villaraigosa, 60, back in November.
But despite her pals telling the business woman he was a better fit for her, Adrienne, 51, opted for a boy toy instead!
“Adrienne and Antonio went on several, discreet dates beginning late November,” a source tells RadarOnline.com. "This was, of course, before things with Adrienne and Sean got hot and heavy and they became serious.
“Adrienne’s friends were hoping that she would settle down with the Mayor, despite his well earned playboy reputation. After all, Antonio has a job… Sean doesn’t!
“But she chose Sean, and that’s left a lot of people scratching their heads,” the source reveals.
“He only wants the best for Adrienne and just hopes she’s happy,” source told Radar.
And, just because he looks good on paper doesn't necessarily mean Villaraigosa is a safe bet for relationship happiness. The high-profile politician, who is frequently mentioned as a possible candidate for higher office, made the headlines for all the wrong reasons back in 2007 after it was revealed he was having an affair with local TV reporter, Lu Parker, which resulted in the end of his marriage.
The Democratic lothario has been linked to several beauties since Parker dumped him last sumer.
Maloof's rep told RadarOnline.com: “Adrienne has been on dates with different men, we aren't commenting on specifics.”