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Monday 24th September 2018

Olly Murs 'secretly dating' mum-of-two TV presenter 14 years his senior

What a lucky lady!

Olly Murs has a lot going for him – good looks, decent singing voice, not to mention a tremendous taste in hats.

So we couldn't understand why the former X Factor star hadn't been snapped up by a nice lady since splitting from his long-term girlfriend Francesca Thomas back in 2015.

Well, according to today's Sun, he HAS been dating for almost a YEAR – and we reckon you might just know the lady in question...

Melanie appeared on I'm A Celebrity in 2014 (Credit: ITV)

Yes, the newspaper claims that Olly has been seeing TV presenter and former I'm A Celebrity star Melanie Sykes.

There's a bit of an age gap – Olly is 33, while Melanie is 47 – but The Sun suggests that the couple bonded over their shared passion for keeping fit.

Mum-of-two Melanie runs her own fitness and lifestyle website, and a showbiz source said: “Mel loves a younger man and really fell for Olly when he got into shape late last year.

“They were initially introduced through a mutual friend. They started texting for ages, and some of the messages ended up getting quite saucy.

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“They were bonding over her fitness programme. He was a fan of her gym selfies and thought that she had an amazing body."

The article reckons that the showbiz pair have enjoyed a number of "hush-hush" dates at each other's houses, in an attempt to keep their romance out of the spotlight.

Olly said last year that he wasn't ready to date again just yet (Credit: FameFlynet)

But those following Melanie's Instagram page might've wondered if something was going on between the pair, after the Manchester lass heaped praise on Olly's track Flaws back in December.

I don't think I'm ready to meet anyone else just yet. My mates keep trying to get me to go on Tinder, but yeah – never say never.

She gushed: "Love this track @OllyMurs. You sound like an angel. Makes me want to cry."

Melanie is a big fan of keeping fit (Credit: Melanie Sykes/Instagram)

And Olly replied with a kiss emoji and the words: "Awwww thanks babe."

In July 2016, The Voice UK coach revealed that he was still hurting after his break-up with Francesca, and wasn't ready to get back into the dating game.

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He told the Daily Star: "I'm still trying to get over how it happened – I'm trying to get over the break-up really, you know.

"I don't think I'm ready to meet anyone else just yet. My mates keep trying to get me to go on Tinder, but yeah – never say never."

Never say never, indeed!