Novella and Cesare, who may have met more than three years ago, began dating in 2011. The story of the couple’s affair took center stage when several photos of them hanging out together started circulating. Benini was spotted several times in Prandelli’s company but the couple kept mum about the speculations of them being together. Later during a television interview, Prandelli revealed that he once again found love after he lost his wife to cancer.
Prior to dating Benini, Prandelli was married to Manuela Caffi who died in 2007 from breast cancer. The couple had two lovely children together: Carolina and Nicolo.