Kym Marsh has ended her engagement to Dan Hooper. The Coronation Street star, 38, and her fiancé mutually decided to take a break from their relationship at the weekend, and Dan has reportedly already moved out of the Manchester home they shared.
The couple announced their plans to marry in December after a whirlwind eight-month romance, and had spoken about their plans to tie the knot next year. They were last seen out together in public ten days ago at a charity bash.
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Kym Marsh and Dan Hooper have decided to take a break
"Kym and Dan have mutually decided to have a break. Their relationship has moved very quickly and both of them have very busy work lives which has unfortunately put pressure on them both," a source told the Mirror.
"They are both very much hoping to work through what is a very difficult time for them and get their relationship back on track as soon as possible. Dan has moved out for the time being but they are in constant contact with each other.
"They'd reached a stage where they both needed some space but things are very amicable. It's a real shame because everyone who's met Dan thinks he's a fantastic bloke and has had a really positive impact on Kym's life.
"Dan's family and friends love Kym to bits so they're all just keeping their fingers crossed that they sort things out sooner rather than later. It's very much a temporary break, they've not split."
The couple pictured together at a charity event on 2 May
Shortly after the news broke, personal trainer Dan took to Twitter to address the reports. "Nothing's broken off. We are having space and a break. False headlines. Please leave us alone with the horrible comments," he wrote.
Kim has been married twice before and has three children. She welcomed David, 19, and Emilie, 17, with her childhood sweetheart Dave Cunliffe, before going on to marry EastEnders actor Jack Ryder, in 2002. After their divorce in 2009, she found love with Jamie Lomas. The couple tragically lost the son Archie moments after he was born prematurely in 2009, and welcomed a daughter Polly, now three, before splitting up in 2013.
Dan, meanwhile, was in a long-term relationship with Kim's friend and Hollyoaks actress Stephanie Waring, the mother of his four-year-old daughter Lexi. They split shortly before he started dating Kym.