Last week, a collective sigh went up when Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes were photographed clasping hands while walking around New York (left).
But for those who wished it were their fingers entangled with the actor's, take heart, because Us Weekly believes some drama is afoot in the duo's eight-month romance.
Seems the actress, 38, was bitten by the domestic bug while shacking up with Gosling, 31, this spring in Thailand, where he was shooting "Only God Forgives."
A friend tells the mag that Mendes developed a taste for cooking, even though "this was a girl who once couldn't make pasta!"
Alas, once the pair returned to Los Angeles, things became "complicated," continues the blabby pal. Gosling supposedly "grew distant" and Eva called him out on it.
"He says he wants to slow down and not live with her yet," alleges the source. "But he doesn't want to lose her."
(Imagined conversation: "Hey, girl, let's just see where this crazy ride called life takes us. Now give me your hand and let's cuddle.")
Mendes, for her part, has danced around the Gosling subject while promoting her new film, "Girl in Progress."
"I'm feeling a little insecure because I can't help but be super-conscious of what I'm saying because I'm so protective," she recently told USA Today. "That's the most precious thing to me. And I'm so protective and I just felt my guard go up."