The TOWIE star was spied sharing a cheeky snog with Marnie at a National Television Awards after-party in London on Wednesday, 21 January - and now he's defended her on Twitter.
After a user asked if Ricky regretted the kiss, he replied: "Not one bit."
The follower then commented that she thought Ricky's ex-girlfriend, TOWIE star Jessica Wright, was "far more than a lady", prompting Ricky to reply: "You don't know either of them. Marnie is lovely."
As for the fan's claim Marnie "has no respect for herself", Ricky would only say: "She does, trust me. A TV show is a TV show. Don't be too quick to judge."
Ricky and Marnie's kiss came just hours after Marnie had gushed about her boyfriend in an interview with Reveal, but a statement issued by Marnie's rep insisted she was single at the time of the kiss.
We were a bit confused… did she break up with her boyfriend shortly after speaking to us on the night?!
A source told us Marnie and her man were "very on and off."
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