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Fans rush to support Ryan Thomas after he shares emotional Instagram post

He's in Australia filming Neighbours at the moment

Ryan Thomas is Down Under filming his new role in Neighbours, and the distance from his family has made him really homesick.

He posted a picture to Instagram of his daughter, Scarlett, and nephew Teddy, having fun together, saying he was missing them.

He captioned the snap: “When @adamthomas21 sends you this picture, is when I miss home the most.”

Fans were quick to offer support to Ryan, with one saying: “You’re doing it for your daughter so just keep thinking that and time will fly by. I know it’s hard being away from your kids as I have two young ones myself but she understands.”

“Aww that’s so cute must be hard being away from your daughter and family but it’s for them in the long run. Good luck,” said another.

A third added: “But think of what you will give them in life and how lovely when they visit.”

But one person wasn’t quite so sympathetic, urging Ryan to return: “I think you should come back! She is only little once… and you will miss all the special moments… you are not doing it for her, you are doing it for you.”

However, others flocked to Ryan’s defence, with one insisting: “That’s quite a rude thing to say to him. He’s following his dreams as actor and providing for his daughter all in one.”

Ryan was pictured on the set of Neighbours for the first time last week. He’s set to play Rafael Humphreys who is “forced to confront a difficult chapter from his past.”

Read more: Ryan Thomas starts filming Neighbours

Ryan on the set of his new job (Credit: Channel 5)

Speaking of his new role, Ryan said: “I grew up watching Neighbours so to get the chance to join the cast is amazing.

“I was on holiday with my daughter when I got a phone call from my agent asking if I’d like to play this part.

“I spoke to the producer and found out more – it was very different from anything I’d played before – it was quite a deep, dark story, that really interested me.

“It’s a new challenge and I can’t wait to start filming.”

Meanwhile, speculation is rife that his relationship with Lucy Mecklenburgh has hit the rocks.

They only made things official in July of this year, but when the former TOWIE beauty took to Instagram to share a story featuring a frog, captioning it: “I seem to attract frogs/toads” last week, many thought it might be a dig at her beau.

Lucy’s cryptic post (Credit: Instagram)

The pair first got close when they met on the set of Channel 4’s Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls, in April of this year.

Read more: Split fears for Ryan Thomas and Lucy Mecklenburgh

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The duo shared a summer romance (Credit: Channel 4)

And they made their courtship official courtside, appearing together at Wimbledon in July where they watched the world’s best players do battle.

It won’t be the first time unfortunate Lucy has a high-profile romance play out in the media, having been engaged to TOWIE co-star Mario Falcone.

Discussing her new relationship, the brunette beauty said: “I was put on national television two weeks into being 19 years old.

“When I was hurt, it all played out on camera and it was really tough.”