Lucy Mecklenburgh reveals incredibly ‘embarrassing’ moment with Ryan Thomas

Their connection definitely wasn't instant

Lucy Mecklenburgh and Ryan Thomas

by Closer Staff |
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TOWIE star Lucy Mecklenburgh and former Corrie star Ryan Thomas are engaged and we can't wait for them to get married. The pair's relationship has really gone from strength to strength in the last few years, with the couple seemingly going stronger than ever.

During an episode of Mancs on the Mic, a podcast Ryan hosts with his two brothers, Lucy reveals their relationship didn't get off to the strongest start following an awkward encounter in a lift.

While they had met years earlier a spark first developed between the two when they both appeared on Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls. As Lucy revealed on the podcast, however, the connection definitely wasn't instant.

She confessed that she was reluctant to join the show initially as she knew Ryan would also be there. She said, "I knew that he liked me so I didn't want to do a show that was going to become what it was."

She then went on to describe their "embarrassing" encounter in depth. She said, "We had three days of training before we went in and we had a night in Panama which was really fun. We all went dancing on a rooftop and everyone went home and me and me and Ryan were the last to leave.

"And we were in the lift of the hotel and Ryan leant in to kiss me and I was like 'what?' And I leaned my head to the side and he face planted the lift mirror.

"I was just like 'what are you doing? We're working together, we cannot do this. If something goes wrong we'll have to spend a month on a deserted island together."

Luckily Ryan and Lucy were able to move past the awkwardness of this initial encounter and have been dating for the past four years, welcoming their first child together in 2019 and getting engaged the following year. Lucy is currently pregnant with their second child and their wedding must surely be just around the corner.

This follows the recent news that Ryan's ex Tina O'Brien had been accused of smashing his car.

Ryan and Tina, who met on the soap, dated for six years until 2009 and are parents to Scarlett, 13, with the actor regularly travelling from Essex to Manchester to spend time with his daughter.

According to our source, a wing mirror of Ryan’s Range Rover was smashed off and the paintwork scratched during a bust-up at the weekend, with Tina accused of causing the damage.

A source said, “Ryan and Tina have a fractious relationship. They are not on good terms and that tension boiled over.

“Tina, who was at a pal’s house party, came out into the street to meet him as he drove up. Soon after that his car was damaged with the baseball bat.

“It was quite a disturbing incident and Ryan drove away as soon as he could. They’ve not spoken since and Ryan is furious.”

On Monday 7 March, Ryan broke his social media silence to celebrate his little boy Roman's second birthday with a flurry of family snaps celebrating his big day.

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In November 2021, Ryan and his fiancé Lucy Mecklenburgh announced they were expecting their second child, a baby girl.

Who is Ryan Thomas' fiancée Lucy Mecklenburgh?

Lucy is a reality star turned influencer. She first found fame on TOWIE and she's been in the public eye ever since.


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Why did Lucy Mecklenburgh leave TOWIE?

Lucy left TOWIE back in 2013 following her turbulent relationship with Mario Falcone. At the time a source told heat magazine, "Lucy wasn't at all happy with the way she came off in the last series.

"She thinks all the stuff with Mario Falcone and Tom Pearce is starting to make her look stupid. She thinks it's better for her future to take a break from the show."

What is Lucy Mecklenburgh doing now?

While Lucy is a TV personality, fitness fanatic and all round fashion inspo for her 1.7m followers on Instagram, it appears she's mostly focused on being a mum.

In the past, Lucy has opened up about her experiences she had when expecting Roman on her pregnancy blog. We can only hope that after all the morning sickness and sleepless nights that this second pregnancy is somewhat smoother.

How old is Lucy Mecklenburgh?

Lucy was born on 24 August 1991, making her 30 years old.

Who has Lucy Mecklenburgh dated?

Since her first appearance on TOWIE almost 11 years ago, there's been a number of rumours surrounding her previous dating history, including some of her co-stars...

It was on the set of TOWIE that Lucy first met her ex fiancé, Mario Falcone. Their relationship consisted of ups and downs, but one of the highlights was when Mario proposed to Lucy on a yacht in Marbella.

However, their relationship came to a low point after cheating rumours surrounded Lucy and her co-star Mark Wright began to circulate. After Mario confronted her about the speculation, the pair split.

She also dated TOWIE's Tom Pearce and athlete Louis Smith.

Who is Lucy Mecklenburgh's boyfriend Ryan Thomas?

Lucy is currently engaged to 37-year-old former Coronation Street star Ryan. You'll most likely remember him as the cobbles' Jason Grimshaw.

He's also starred on Neighbours, Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls and Celebrity Big Brother.

When did Lucy Mecklenburgh and Ryan Thomas meet?

It was actually on the set of Celebrity Island where Ryan would meet his future fiancé Lucy Mecklenburgh and mother to two of his children.

Having had baby Roman last year, the couple claim they're closer together after having a lockdown baby.

Is Lucy Mecklenburgh pregnant?

Earlier in November 2021, the pair announced on Instagram that they were expecting their second child together.

When did Lucy Mecklenburgh and Ryan Thomas get engaged?

The pair got engaged in 2019 after Ryan popped the question during their stunning holiday in Italy. Having organised a romantic meal for the pair, Ryan proposed with a gorgeous gold engagement ring that Lucy showed off on her Instagram Story.

There're definitely worse ways to be proposed to, aren't there?

Who is Ryan Thomas' daughter Scarlett?

Ryan has a daughter with his ex-girlfriend Tina O' Brien who is also a star on Coronation Street.

Tina, who plays Sarah Platt, met Ryan on the set of Corrie and their on-screen romance also blossomed off-screen with their relationship lasting six years before they eventually split.

They have daughter, Scarlett Thomas together who has just celebrated her thirteenth birthday.

After hearing the news about Ryan and Lucy's new baby, Tina shared an Instagram post that fans were quick to assume was a 'cryptic message' about the couple.

Lucy Mecklenburgh's style

Lucy has been known to have a great taste in fashion so naturally, we had to include some of her best outfits.

Check out: Lucy Mecklenburgh's best outfits and high street dupes

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SHOP: Lucy Mecklenburgh's outfits

Red Gingham Square Neck Tiered Midi Dress1 of 10
CREDIT: New Look

Red Gingham Square Neck Tiered Midi Dress

This is an absolute steal that came out of Lucy Mecklenburgh's edit with New Look and it looks so cute. It's definitely one to wear during the summer, but it could most definitely be layered with a turtleneck in the colder months.

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Dobby Midi Dress in Blue

As worn by Lucy, this pale blue lobby dress is a dream.

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Lace Insert Cami Maxi Dress in Mono

This gorgeous maxi dress is a statement party piece, and with the slash on this price we can't complain.

V-10 Extra White Platine Silver Leather Trainers4 of 10
CREDIT: Daniel Footwear

V-10 Extra White Platine Silver Leather Trainers

We are loving these trendy white trainers that were posted on Lucy's Instagram Story.

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CREDIT: Free People

Dolman Quilted Knit Jacket

Although it's not in the same colour but we're still loving this quilted jacket Lucy wore on Instagram that's so in style right now.

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CREDIT: Taylor Morris Eyewear

The H.F.S Double Bridge Sunglasses

Ok, expensive but they just look so GOOD.

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CREDIT: Daniel Footwear

Fudder Black Leather Studded Collar Ankle Boots

These chunky leather boots are perfect for winter, as seen on Lucy's Instagram Story.

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CREDIT: Me and Em

Cashmere Stretch Knitted Palazzo Pant

This retro throwback looks a dream on Lucy, and apparently suitable as maternity wear too.

CREDIT: River Island

Grey River Island Studio Trench Coat

River Island does it so right with this amazing trench coat that's ideal for the colder months.

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CREDIT: Kurt Geiger

Lane KGL White Low Top Sneakers

White trainers are a wardrobe staple tbh, and these ones that Lucy posted on her Instagram Story would look great with everything.

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Does Lucy Mecklenburgh have Instagram?

You can stay up to date with Lucy (@lucymeck1) by following her on Instagram.

Lucy Mecklenburgh's book

Be Body Beautiful: Look and feel your best with my guide to a healthy, happy new you.
Price: $29.95

With the help of her nutritionist and personal trainer, Lucy shares the six-week diet and fitness plan that changed her life. Providing a lasting, lifestyle-based approach, this book is grounded in the latest science to help you become 'body beautiful' because decisions we make about our diet and life impact hugely on how we look and feel.

As well as a reality star, Lucy Mecklenburgh has also written a fitness, health and diet guide to inspire readers to embrace a healthy lifestyle.

"I'm probably the happiest and most content I've ever been, but I've had to work really hard on my body and on my confidence to get here.

"This book is my personal journey, but it's also a diet and lifestyle plan that will help you transform your body and live a long, strong, healthy and happy life," she explained.

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