Inside Coronation Street stars Tina O’Brien and Ryan Thomas’s relationship after ‘1am bust-up’ – 13 years after split


CORONATION Street stars Tina O’Brien and Ryan Thomas fell in love on the cobbles 19 years ago.

They were one of the soap’s hottest couples on and off-screen as Sarah Platt and Jason Grimshaw, but split after six years together.

Ryan Thomas and Tina O’Brien before their split

Their surprise break-up in 2009 came just a year after having a baby together.

Ever since, the soap stars have been co-parenting their 13-year-old daughter, Scarlett – who has landed her first soap role in Waterloo Road.

They’ve enjoyed a “good friendship” over the years as they navigated life with their new respective partners.

The exes have even spent Christmas together in the past – Tina invited Ryan to her wedding on New Year’s Eve.

But HOAR last night revealed an alleged 1am bust-up, with actress Tina being accused of smashing ex Ryan’s car with a baseball bat after a furious late-night row.

Sources say tempers flared at 1am last Sunday after Tina, 38, had been partying with pals.

A wing mirror of Ryan’s Range Rover was smashed off and the paintwork scratched during the bust-up. He has accused Tina of causing the damage.

Tina remarried in 2018 after meeting Adam Crofts back in 2011. They had a son called Beau in 2014.

Celebrity Big Brother winner Ryan has always approved of Tina’s romance with Adam and has sang his praises as a stepfather.

He previously said: “Adam is cool, he’s just a lovely guy.”

“As a stepfather in Scarlett’s life, I’ve hit the jackpot. She adores him.”

Speaking about their relationship in the past, Tina said:  “It’s taken a lot of years and a lot of biting my tongue. Seriously, though, it’s mainly down to Adam and Ryan.

“It helps that everyone has moved on and is in a happy place. Ryan is really happy and we are happy, so there aren’t any issues.

“For the sake of Scarlett, it has been well worth preserving [our relationship] and choosing our battles.”

Tina was also believed to have a great relationship with Ryan’s fiance Lucy, with the pair have bonded over parenting styles.

Earlier this year Ryan shared a picture of Scarlett at a nail salon and wrote: “So mummy puts nail varnish on, daddy takes it off.”

Former Towie star Lucy quickly replied: “So mean!!!!!!”

Tina then responded to Lucy, saying : “@lucymeck1 Don’t worry the three of us can go next time and get matching nails and tattoos.”

But things appeared to have gone sour between the blended families.

One source said: “Ryan and Tina have a fractious relationship. They are not on good terms and that tension boiled over.

“Tina, who was at a pal’s house party, came out into the street to meet him as he drove up. Soon after that his car was damaged with the baseball bat.

“It was quite a disturbing incident and Ryan drove away as soon as he could. They’ve not spoken since and Ryan is furious.”

Ryan, 37, who is expecting his second child with reality TV’s Lucy Mecklenburgh, 30, is believed to have taken the damaged vehicle to be repaired the next day.

A source close to him added: “Tina and Ryan barely speak nowadays and this seems to have snapped the fragile thread their relationship was hanging by.”

Tina, who first played Sarah on the cobbles in 1999, began dating Ryan in 2003 after splitting with Corrie actor Bruno Langley.

She said at the time that she and Ryan were “for keeps”, adding: “We’ll be together for ever, fingers crossed. I can’t see myself with anyone else.”

They had an on-screen romance two years later as Sarah fell for mechanic Jason.

The pair were due to wed in 2007 but Sarah was jilted at the altar. She left the show later that year.

Tina and Ryan then split in 2009. Opening up later that year, Tina revealed: “He said he didn’t love me any more. Those were his words. I was devastated.”

They later seemed to rebuild their friendship, despite the hurt.

Tina, who went on to find love in 2016 with now husband Adam Crofts, said in an interview that year: “Everyone has moved on and is in a happy place.”

She added: “Ryan is really happy and we are happy, so there aren’t any issues.”

Tina and Adam married on New Year’s Eve 2018, with Ryan invited to the ceremony.

Ryan, who departed Corrie in 2016 after almost 16 years, fell for Lucy, 30, when they took part in Bear Grylls’ Celebrity Island a year later.

He joined Neighbours that year as Rafael Humphreys and appeared in 17 episodes.

He then took part in Celebrity Big Brother in 2018 — and won.

He and Lucy announced their engagement in 2019, after an Italian getaway. Son Roman was born the following March.

Ryan is now engaged to Lucy Mecklenburgh and she is expecting their second child

In November last year he and Lucy revealed they were expecting their second child, posting on Instagram: “Here we go again.”

Fans speculated that video footage the couple posted had sparked a fresh rift with Tina, after she wrote a cryptic message on her Instagram.

It read: “Don’t always trust what you see on social media. Even salt looks like sugar.”

She later deleted the post and replaced it with the message: “Don’t waste your time with explanations. People will hear what they want to hear.”

A source added of Tina and Ryan: “They managed to make their peace after splitting up. But recently that appears to have broken down, and it’s hard to see a way back.”

Both Ryan and Tina last night declined to comment.

Tina has been accused of damaging the car of ex-lover Ryan