AFTER their shock split earlier this year, we can reveal that Love Island star Chris Hughes has told pals he’s gutted that Jesy Nelson appears to have moved on so quickly.
It comes after Chris dated the Little Mix songstress for a year and a half, even describing her as his “soulmate”.
Our Girl hunk with his hand on Jesy Nelson’s bare midriff
Jesy has since been snapped out and about with Our Girl hunk Sean Sagar, and we revealed last month that he had been spending time during lockdown at her Essex home.
A source said: “Chris was really in love with Jesy and wanted it to work.
“He thought they were going to be together for ever, so seeing pictures of her with Sean’s arms on her bare skin, looking warm and relaxed, was a hard pill to swallow. He’s gutted.
“He’s aware that Sean and Jesy became more friendly and started hanging out soon after they split.
Chris Hughes pictured in Ibiza where he’s holidaying with his manager
Pictures of Sean’s hand on Jesy’s bare skin are said to have left Chris ‘gutted’
“Breakups are hard enough so with lockdown to deal with as well, it has been doubly tough for him.
“Fortunately, he’s got good friends and family around to cheer him up.”
Chris has treated himself to a trip away to Ibiza with his manager and has spent hours chatting to close friend and castmate Kem Cetinay.
Speaking this week, Chris told Vicky Pattison’s The Secret To . . . podcast: “Everyone says time is a healer, and you don’t believe it in the moment. I don’t think I’d ever felt heartbroken before. I’ve had mates tell me that in time it’ll be all right and you have to accept that.
Jesy and Sean ‘looking warm and relaxed was a hard pill to swallow’ for Chris
“My manager was very good — a little shoulder to cry on.
“People who know you can see it in your face, even if I look fine. Everyone has been saying, ‘You’re back to yourself’ but rushing it never works.
“Everyone takes time to do things differently. We can’t force ourselves.
“I feel useless with women at the minute. With this whole lockdown, I feel like I’ve been living through the Stone Ages.
Little Mix star Jesy and Love Islander Chris Hughes split up in April
“This lockdown feels like it’s gone on for so long, I’ll have to blow away the cobwebs.
“I’ve always been a relationship man. A good personality makes a woman ten times better looking.”
A spokesman for Little Mix, whose hits include Touch, said: “Jesy has adamantly denied that she is dating Sean Sagar and states that they are just friends.”
We’re sure blue-eyed Chris won’t be single for long . . .
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Dani’s second turn as Tracy
DANI Harmer is returning to the CBBC role that made her famous, in My Mum Tracy Beaker.
Now execs are casting for a youngster to play her 12-year-old daughter Jess.
Dani Harmer is returning to our screens as Tracy Beaker
The actress and 2012 Strictly contestant told us: “I can’t wait to return again to the role of Tracy.
“I’m a fan myself and want to know what happens next and where this journey takes her. Being a mother, I know how much it changes you.
“So I’m looking forward to seeing how it has changed Tracy but still keeping her the same feisty, strong female lead that people know and love.”
The series will be on BBC iPlayer early next year.
Emily’s taking it Joe
EMILY Atack isn’t short of admirers . . . and we can reveal the stunning actress has decided to give one of her suitors a chance.
The star is dating Missguided social media exec Joe Caro, seen here with Emily on a low-key walk this week, after meeting through mutual friends.
Emily Atack with beau Joe Caro, social media exec for Missguided
A source said: “It’s early days between the pair but Emily loves how laid-back Cornishman Joe is.
“They share the same sense of humour and are both chilled out. She’s super-busy with her career at the moment so is more than happy to take it slowly.”
Inbetweeners star Emily split from film producer Rob Jowers last September. But she had plenty to keep her occupied with the launch of her own range with fashion retailer In The Style.
Maybe Joe will give her his staff discount for Missguided.
AS a barrister, Shaun Wallace of The Chase knows the law. And he’s been writing stern letters to Wikipedia after it wrongly claimed he had a wife of 30 years called Matilda. “There is no Matilda, never was,” a source harrumphs.
Lottie up for celeb
LOUIS Tomlinson’s in-demand little sis Lottie is being lined up for I’m A Celebrity.
The influencer, who is on holiday in Mykonos, is keen to move into the mainstream.
Louis Tomlinson’s sister Lottie is being lined up for I’m A Celebrity
A telly source said: “Bosses are desperate to land her as their ‘bikini babe’ this year, especially as she has such a young following online.”
Meanwhile Lottie, who was seen last month getting close with Caroline Flack’s ex-boyfriend Lewis Burton, has invited him to join her on the isle for some Greek sunshine.
KELLY Brook brought her cavapoo Teddy into the tub with her and boyfriend Jeremy Parisi.
She called it “a romantic bath” before deleting the scene on Instagram.
Kelly brought her cavapoo Teddy into the tub with her and boyfriend Jeremy ParisiShe called it ‘a romantic bath’ before deleting the scene on Instagram
Three is definitely a crowd.
ACTOR Adam Deacon had a close shave filming new action flick Rogue in South Africa. Speaking at the Break film premiere, he said: “I was being driven home from the set and hijackers tried to break into the car. Luckily, the driver put his foot down.”
Bond bosses ban Ben
THERE’S only room for one leading man when it comes to the James Bond films.
We hear bosses for the upcoming premiere of No Time To Die want Bond Girl Ana De Armas to leave boyfriend Ben Affleck at home so all the focus is on 007 star Daniel Craig. An LA source said: “This film premiere has been a long time coming and franchise bosses want the spotlight to be on the stars of the film.
Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in No Time To Die
“It would be a disaster if it was all about Ben’s mushy PDAs with Ana overshadowing the event.
“A circus sideshow is strictly off the menu and the head honchos want to keep it all on-brand.”
If that’s the case, they might want to rethink that invitation to Prince Harry and Meghan.
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