Christine Bleakley has been dodging the paparazzi and denying all rumours of a relationship with England footballer Frank Lampard.
But after weeks of being hounded by the Press to out her blossoming romance with the Chelsea midfielder she has finally admitted the pair are dating.
According to the Daily Mail, the Co Down beauty confirmed she was seeing ‘Lamps’ but that it was “early days”.
The admission comes after the 30-year-old was spotted having a cosy lunch with Lampard and a friend on Monday afternoon at the Hollywood Arms, a short walk from the footballer’s home in Chelsea.
Arriving at the pub the One Show presenter initially told the Mail that she was not seeing multi-millionaire Lampard, adding: “I can’t believe the interest in this story.”
But when she left the premises an hour later she was asked if she would like to change her story.
She then told the Mail: “Well, when you start seeing someone and it’s early days, you need to know them a bit before you come out and say you’re dating.”
It is understood Christine has enjoyed a number of secret dates with 31-year-old Lampard, who had a bitter split with his fiancee Elen Rives (34) last year.
On Saturday at 2am she was photographed leaving his home accompanied by one of his close friends.
Rumours of their fledgling romance began to circulate after they were spotted together at London nightclub Amika a fortnight ago. So far the couple have not actually been captured on camera, save for a much-used shot of Christine at Whisky Mist — with the footballer’s reflection captured on a pane of glass.
The snappers had clearly been tipped off about the former BBC Northern Ireland presenter’s movements last Friday night, hence the posse camped outside Lampard’s place hoping to catch the pair off-guard. In the end what they got was Christine leaving with a friend of the football star, rather than the man himself.
But since the weekend the paparazzi’s interest in the couple intensified, culminating in Monday’s ‘showdown’ and the frank admission, so to speak, at the pub.
When contacted by the Belfast Telegraph recently Christine laughed off the rumours and said she thought the public had heard enough about her love life. She was unavailable for comment last night.
There has been much speculation about the former Strictly Come Dancing competitor’s love life since she split with her Belfast businessman boyfriend Mark Beirne at the start of the year.
She denied any romance with One Show co-presenter Adrian Chiles, who was recently divorced from radio news and current affairs presenter Jane Garvey.
Source: The Belfast Telegraph