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Hollyoaks’ Jennifer Metcalfe is seen with footballer beau Chris Eagles for the first time

Hollyoaks’ Jennifer Metcalfe is seen with footballer beau Chris Eagles for the first time as they head out for a drive… five months after split from Greg Lake

Hollyoaks star Jennifer Metcalfe has been seen with her footballer boyfriend Chris Eagles for the first time.

The actress, 37, headed out for a drive with the former Oldham Athletic player, 35, following reports that she was ‘smitten’ with him.

Jennifer was first reported to be dating Chris in December as sources claimed the pair were part of each other’s support bubble, four months after the soap star split from her long-term boyfriend Greg Lake.

Sighting: Hollyoaks star Jennifer Metcalfe, 37, has been seen with her footballer boyfriend Chris Eagles for the first time

Jennifer was in the passenger’s seat of boyfriend Chris’ black Audi as they headed out for a drive while England remains in COVID-19 lockdown.

It’s the pairs’ first sighting together since rumours first surfaced that they were dating last month, with sources claiming at the time that Jennifer was ‘smitten’ with Chris.

The sportsman was also said to be single following his split from fiancée and girlfriend of eight years Danielle Mitchinson, 30. 

Over: It comes after Jennifer announced she'd split from her long-term boyfriend Greg Lake in August following an eight-year romance

Over: It comes after Jennifer announced she’d split from her long-term boyfriend Greg Lake in August following an eight-year romance

Time for a ride: Jennifer was in the passenger's seat of boyfriend Chris' black Audi as they headed out for a drive while England remains in COVID-19 lockdown

Time for a ride: Jennifer was in the passenger’s seat of boyfriend Chris’ black Audi as they headed out for a drive while England remains in COVID-19 lockdown

Claims: It's the pairs' first sighting together since rumours first surfaced that they were dating last month, with sources claiming at the time that Jennifer was 'smitten' with Chris

Claims: It’s the pairs’ first sighting together since rumours first surfaced that they were dating last month, with sources claiming at the time that Jennifer was ‘smitten’ with Chris

Jennifer announced in August that she had secretly split from former Geordie Shore star Greg following an eight year romance.

Chris is said to be in Jennifer’s support bubble during the coronavirus pandemic with the sports star reportedly spotted visiting her Manchester home. It is claimed they had been dating since ‘around a month ago.’

A source told The Sun: ‘They’re really smitten with each other. They’ve known each other for a while but only very recently started dating.

‘The relationship is in its very early stages and things are going well. Who knows where things could go?’

Rumours: Chris was said to be in Jennifer's support bubble during the coronavirus pandemic with the sports star reportedly spotted visiting her Manchester home

Rumours: Chris was said to be in Jennifer’s support bubble during the coronavirus pandemic with the sports star reportedly spotted visiting her Manchester home

According to the publication, Jennifer has reportedly known Chris since she became friends with his ex Danielle last year.

The source added: ‘She was mates with Jen, but it has put a strain on their friendship. Danielle was with Chris for so long but just wants things to move forward. They still share custody of their kids.’

Chris and Danielle are said to have split in October after lockdown ‘highlighted that the relationship wasn’t working’. They share two children.

The footballer has reportedly paid for a rented three-bedroom apartment near his Cheshire home with a £500 allowance a month.

Claims: According to the publication, Jennifer has reportedly known Chris since she became friends with his ex Danielle last year

Claims: According to the publication, Jennifer has reportedly known Chris since she became friends with his ex Danielle last year

Together: Greg and Jennifer are parents to son Daye, three, and took to Instagram in August to announce they'd sadly split

Together: Greg and Jennifer are parents to son Daye, three, and took to Instagram in August to announce they’d sadly split

Hollyoaks actress Jennifer took to Instagram in August to reveal that she and ex Geordie Shore star Greg had sadly split.

Seemingly another casualty of lockdown, Jennifer revealed the couple secretly broke up a couple of months earlier.

She wrote: ‘Greg and I decided to part ways amicably a couple months ago.

‘We remain friends and we both will continue to happily co-parent Daye and would appreciate privacy during these times.

‘Thank you to everyone who has supported us before, during and after this.’

It's over: Seemingly another casualty of lockdown, Jennifer revealed the couple secretly broke up a couple of months ago

It’s over: Seemingly another casualty of lockdown, Jennifer revealed the couple secretly broke up a couple of months ago

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