Coronation Street’s Katie McGlynn is secretly dating former TOWIE star Ricky Rayment.
The former soap star, 30, played Sinead Tinker in the ITV soap until 2019, while Ricky, 33, starred on the reality show from 2012 until 2015.
In photos obtained by The Sun on Tuesday, the new couple were seen holding hands as they enjoyed a shopping trip in Essex.
Katie, who is based in Manchester, has been dating Ricky for the past four months with an onlooker telling the publication: ‘They very much looked like girlfriend and boyfriend.’
‘They were holding hands, having a laugh and even had a little kiss as they walked amongst other Saturday afternoon shoppers.’
Coronation Street’s Katie McGlynn, 30, is secretly dating former TOWIE star Ricky Rayment, 33
In photos obtained by The Sun on Tuesday, the new couple were seen holding hands as they enjoyed a shopping trip in Essex
They added: ‘We noticed them as they were walking out of Hotel Chocolat. Ricky must’ve bought Katie an early Valentine’s Day gift as he was carrying a bag from there. They looked really happy together.’
Ricky was previously engaged to Geordie Shore’s Marnie Simpson, who has since tied the knot with new beau Casey Johnson.
They were engaged to the Geordie Shore star after just four months of dating in 2015, but their whirlwind romance came to an end two months later.
Marnie has since moved on with X Factor star Casey with the couple sharing three-year-old son Rox and two-year-old Oax.
During his time on reality TV, he famously dated Jess Wright but split after two years of dating in 2014, before going on to date Marnie for six months.
Following her split from Ricky, Marnie revealed how the former TOWIE lad lashed out at her after she decided to call off the engagement, supposedly calling her a ‘slag about 5,000 times’.
She said: ‘When we split up he called me every name under the sun and called me a slag about 5,000 times. He told me he always thought those things.’
Marnie explained the reason behind the decision to call off the wedding – which they were keen to host in 2016 – was because the ex-ITVBe star claimed they spent ‘too much time together’ despite the fact they lived at opposite ends of the country.
Ricky was previously engaged to Geordie Shore’s Marnie Simpson, who has since tied the knot with new beau Casey Johnson (pictured together in 2015)
Katie, who is based in Manchester, played Sinead Tinker on Coronation Street until 2019 (pictured on the soap in 2018)
Ricky spoke out later on about the romance, as he said: ‘She’d get really drunk and then in my mind I’d be like “f**king hell, she could be getting up to anything”‘.
‘She seems to think it’s okay to neck on with her girl mates. But in a ways, it’s like cheating. I wasn’t that keen on her when she went out.’
Marnie has been in a relationship with singer Casey since 2017, meeting on the set of MTV reality dating show Single AF.
She is said to be overjoyed following her big day on Wednesday, saying to OK!: ‘We’ve finally tied the knot – we’re over the moon!’.
The couple were forced to postpone their nuptials back in 2021 due to ongoing Covid restrictions, before walking down the aisle in March 2023.