Shayne Ward and Sophie Austin dating, rep confirms their friendship has "progressed"

Published Tuesday, Mar 29 2016, 14:14 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Coronation Street star Shayne Ward is reportedly dating Hollyoaks actress Sophie Austin.

It is believed that the friendship between the two soap stars has recently "progressed".

Shayne Ward arrives at The Lowry Hotel Manchester for the Annual Mirror Ball.
4 March 2016.

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Sophie Austin at The Inspiration Awards for Women 2015 held at the Landmark Hotel
December 2015.

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According to The Mirror, Shayne and Sophie - who have been friends for some time - have quietly begun attending events together, including a charity ball in Manchester.

A spokesman for Shayne told the newspaper: "Following the reported split between Sophie and her partner, I can confirm the friendship between Shayne and Sophie has progressed.

"Although it's too early to comment on any plans."

It was only last week that Sophie confirmed she had split from husband Graeme Rooney earlier this year after tying the knot last July. She confirmed her marriage split while also announcing her exit from the Channel 4 soap as the Gloved Hand Killer Lindsey Roscoe.

Meanwhile, Shayne's last relationship was with Faye McKeever. They had previously dated for more than 10 years and got engaged in 2012, but split two years later in 2014.

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