updated 04/28/2014 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/28/2014 AT 7:30 PM ET
Is Kesha ready to “Kiss n Tell”?
The pop star was spotted locking lips with a mystery man in Santa Monica, Calif., on Sunday. Kesha, 27, looked casual in white jean cutoffs and a maroon pullover, while her guy wore a white t-shirt and black jeans. In a photograph, Kesha smiles and gazes at him as they walk side-by-side.
Kesha’s companion is a “sweetheart” according to a pal, who does not know if the singer is officially dating her bearded man but says “it looks like it from the photo.” Another source tells PEOPLE that they have been dating for the last few months after meeting through Kesha’s stylist.
The singer has been slowly stepping back into the spotlight since completing rehab for eating disorders, debuting a lime green hair streak on the red carpet and frolicking around Coachella with friends.
“Kesha is back to practicing self-love and is at peace with herself,” a friend said at the time. “She’s found her inner strength and focus again.”
Reporting by PATRICK GOMEZ