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Brian Austin Green credits an unusual thing for boosting his bond with Sharna Burgess when they started dating last year amid the pandemic: face masks.

The couple appeared on Australia’s Kyle & Jackie O Show and the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum was asked about how they got together. The romance was made public in December when the duo vacationed together in Hawaii for the holidays, a month after he and estranged wife, Megan Fox, filed for divorce.

“It started during the pandemic,” Green, 47, said. “So everything — connections with people — were much more tangible.”

He continued, “One of the positives that I think has come out of wearing masks, which nobody likes doing [because] they’re terribly uncomfortable, people have reconnected again. I can’t tell you how many people I have looked at in the eye and really connected with that I didn’t before.”

When it came to his early dates with the 35-year-old Dancing With the Stars pro, “For us, sitting at coffee shops and doing what we could — within the confines of that and the [COVID] rules — it really helped us connect more,” he added.