Hollyoaks’ Jennifer Metcalfe is pictured with footballer boyfriend Chris Eagles for the first time


HOLLYOAKS’ Jennifer Metcalfe has been pictured with boyfriend Chris Eagles for the first time – a month after it was revealed they were secretly dating.

Footballer Chris was behind the wheel of his sleek black Audi as Jennifer rode in the passenger seat.

Jennifer Metcalfe and Chris Eagles have been pictured together for the first time

Their outing comes weeks after Jennifer returned from a winter getaway in Dubai where she hung out with pal Chelsee Healey.

Former Man Utd ace Chris was previously with Danielle Mitchinson, 30, for eight years and they have two children together.

But she walked out of their £3million Cheshire mansion in October — and Chris, 35, was spotted spending evenings with the soap star after they started seeing each other a month later.

Chris Eagles split from fiancee Danielle Mitchinson during lockdown
The ex-Manchester United winger has been secretly dating Hollyoaks star Jennifer Metcalfe

Mum-of-one Jennifer, 37, who plays Mercedes McQueen in the Channel 4 show, split with her husband, Geordie Shore’s Greg Lake, last summer.

Chris, who is believed to be in Jen’s support bubble, has been spotted visiting her home in Altrincham, Gtr Manchester.

A source said: “They’re really smitten with each other.

“They’ve known each other for a while but only very recently started dating.

Chris made 17 appearances for United during eight seasons until 2007

“The relationship is in its very early stages and things are going well. Who knows where things could go?”

It is believed Jen has known Chris since becoming pals with Danielle last year.

After the split in October, Chris is thought to have paid six months rent up front for Danielle to have a three-bed apartment a mile away from his eight-bed home in Bowdon, Cheshire, and has given her an allowance of £500 per month.

A close friend told HOAR: “Danielle is absolutely devastated.

Jennifer recently returned from Dubai

“Lockdown really highlighted that the relationship wasn’t working.

“She was mates with Jen, but it has put a strain on their friendship.

“Danielle was with Chris for so long but just wants things to move forward. They still share custody of their kids.”

Chris made 17 appearances for United during eight seasons until 2007.

He also played for Burnley and Bolton but has been without a club since leaving Oldham in January.

A spokesman for Jennifer said she declined to comment.

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