FORMER Manchester United winger Chris Eagles is secretly dating Hollyoaks actress Jennifer Metcalfe after breaking up with his fiancee during the lockdown, The Sun can reveal.
The footballer was with Danielle Mitchinson, 30, for eight years and they have two children together.
But she stepped out of their £ 3million mansion in Cheshire in October – and now Chris, 35, has been spotted spending evenings with the soap opera star after starting dating about a year ago. month.
Jennifer, 37, a mom-of-one, who plays Mercedes McQueen on Channel 4, split from her husband, Greg Lake of Geordie Shore, this summer.
Chris, who is said to be in Jen’s support bubble, was spotted visiting her home in Altrincham, Gtr Manchester, where the duo spent three evenings last week.
A source said: “They are really in love with each other.
“They’ve known each other for a while but only started dating very recently.
“The relationship is in its very early stages and everything is going well. Who knows where things might go? ”
Jen is believed to have known Chris since she became friends with Danielle this year.
After the split in October, Chris reportedly paid six months rent in advance for Danielle to have a three-bed apartment a mile from her eight-bed house in Bowdon, Cheshire, and gave her a stipend of £ 500 per nobody. month.
A close friend told The Sun: “Danielle is absolutely devastated.
“Lockdown really highlighted that the relationship was not working.
“She was friends with Jen, but it strained their friendship.
“Danielle has been with Chris for so long, but just wants things to happen. They still share custody of their children.
Chris made 17 appearances for United over eight seasons until 2007.
He has also played for Burnley and Bolton but has not had a club since leaving Oldham in January.
A spokesperson for Jennifer said she declined to comment.
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