Lucy Mecklenburgh’s ultimatum: tells Ryan Thomas to end fallout with Tina O’Brien

After reports of an altercation between Ryan and his ex Tina, pals say pregnant Lucy is now reconsidering relocating to their dream home

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She’s set to give birth to her second child with fiancé Ryan Thomas this spring – recently announcing they are expecting a sister for their two-year-old son, Roman.

But pals say Lucy Mecklenburgh, 30, has been left upset following a dramatic bust-up between Ryan, 37, and his ex, Corrie star Tina O’Brien, 38, who he is said to have accused of smashing up his car with a baseball bat. Although as Closer went to press, neither Tina nor Ryan had confirmed or denied the reports.

Tensions between the exes – who ended their six-year romance on bitter terms just weeks before their now 13-year-old daughter Scarlett’s first birthday in 2009 – reportedly erupted after Tina left a house party to meet Ryan on the street.

Following a heated row, the wing mirror of Ryan’s expensive Range Rover was apparently smashed off and the paint work was scratched, which the dad of two is said to have alleged his former partner was responsible for.

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Soap stars who were axed and the controversial reasons why

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Sarah Jayne Dunn (Hollyoaks)

Sarah recently left her role as Mandy Richardson after Hollyoaks bosses called her in for a meeting about her decision to join X-rated subscription site OnlyFans.She insisted she wasn't going to quit the website, meaning producers gave her the boot. A spokesperson confirmed the news in a statement which read, "Hollyoaks is a youth-facing drama with many young viewers, who follow our cast very closely, both in the soap and outside of it. We take our responsibility to our young audience very seriously and therefore the show does not allow any Hollyoaks cast members to be active on certain 18+ websites."We had hoped we could reach a resolution with Sarah that would allow her to remain in her role as Mandy, but we respect her choice to continue to produce content on OnlyFans. In the past four years since her return to the show her legacy character has been an integral part of some our most important storylines and we will be very sad to see her go."

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Asan N'Jie (Emmerdale)

Ellis Chapman actor Asan N'Jie was sacked from Emmerdale back in 2019 after reportedly threatening to kill Hollyoaks star Jamie Lomas. A video of the pair rowing at the TV Choice Awards surfaced on social media, in which it's claimed Asan threatened to "knife" Jamie and told him, "Do you think you are a f--king big man? I'm going to f--king kill you."An ITV spokesperson later confirmed that Asan had lost his job over the incident. They said, "Emmerdale suspended Asan N'Jie pending further investigation into an incident at a central London hotel on Monday night. ITV executives have met with him and as a consequence Asan's contract has been terminated with immediate effect."It was announced two months later than the role had been recast, with actor Aaron Anthony replacing Asan.

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Leslie Grantham (EastEnders)

In one of the most shocking soap moments of all time, Leslie Grantham reprised his role as EastEnders' Dirty Den when the iconic character returned from the dead in 2003. But just months later, Leslie was suspended when he was caught exposing himself on webcam and badmouthing co-stars Shane Richie, Wendy Richard, Kim Medcalf and Jessie Wallace by an undercover reporter. At the time, the actor issued a public apology and tried to make amends by donating to charity but it was too late and a spokesman for the BBC soap soon confirmed the actor had left for good.

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Chris Fountain (Coronation Street)

Chris Fountain rose to fame as Justin Burton on Hollyoaks and took on his second soap role in 2011 when he joined Coronation Street as Tommy Duckworth.Two years later, he tried his hand at music and released of a video of himself rapping about rape and violence. This, of course, didn't go well down with Corrie bosses who insisted they had "no choice" but to give him the sack.

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Stephanie Davis (Hollyoaks)

Hollyoaks star Stephanie Davis had her contract terminated in 2015 for turning up late on set after a series of boozy nights out. According to reports, there were 20 incidents that led to her losing her job.After three years away, Stephanie reprised her role as Sinead O'Connor in 2018 but quit two years later. "Goals: Be happy. Sometimes we make decisions based not on what we want but what we know is right! It is with a heavy heart I have decided to leave Hollyoaks and [I am] now looking forward to working on new and exciting projects," she said on social media at the time.

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Ricky Norwood (EastEnders)

Ricky Norwood's character Arthur 'Fatboy' Chubb arrived on Albert Square in 2010 and quickly became one of EastEnders' most popular characters but things all came crashing down four years later when he was suspended after being caught on camera allegedly smoking cannabis and performing a sex act.It was announced he was leaving the soap for good a year later when a BBC spokesperson said, "We can confirm Ricky is leaving. We wish him all the best."

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Mark Jordon (Emmerdale)

Mark Jordon played Emmerdale's Daz Spencer from 2014 until 2019 but was forced off the soap after being arrested on suspicion of biting and threatening a pensioner at a pub garden.He was eventually found not guilty of affray, unlawful wounding and assault by beating and allegedly spent thousands to clear his name.Mark later revealed that he was hopeful of returning to the soap. He's in a real life relationship with former co-star Laura Norton, who plays Kerry Wyatt, and they welcomed a baby boy earlier this year.

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Bruno Langley (Coronation Street)

Bruno Langley made history as Coronation Street's first openly gay character Todd Grimshaw when he joined the show in 2001 and played the role on and off until 2017 when he was accused of sexually assaulting two women in a Manchester nightclub. He was later found guilty and sentenced to a year of community service.The character of Todd returned to Corrie last year when Gareth Pierce took on the role.

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Danniella Westbrook (Hollyoaks)

Former EastEnders star Danniella Westbrook took on her second soap role in 2013 for a brief stint as Hollyoaks villain Trudy Ryan. She was due to make a second appearance in 2015 but found herself axed from the show for "breaching her contract"."Danniella breached her contract and it was terminated last week. She will not be filming Hollyoaks," a spokesperson said at the time. However, Danniella has a different version of events and insisted she decided not to return to Liverpool, where the soap is filmed, as she heard that her abusive ex-boyfriend Tom Richards had moved to the area.

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Melissa Suffield (EastEnders)

Remember child star Melissa Suffield? She's best known for playing Lucy Beale between 2004 and 2010 but was sacked from the role over her unruly behaviour. Despite reportedly receiving three warnings from BBC bosses, then-17-year-old Melissa was pictured on a night out, leaving bosses no choice but to get rid of her.At the time, Melissa threw shade at producers in a post on her personal website as she fumed, "Sat in the green room at work, my last day very emotional! I was a naughty girl outside of work, well that's what they have sacked me for, pathetic!"The character of Lucy Beale returned to Albert Square in 2012 but this time she was played by Hetti Bywater.

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Bruce Jones (Coronation Street)

Bruce Jones played patriarch of the iconic Battersby family, Les, in Corrie for ten years before he was axed after downing six pints of Guinness and spoiling the outcome of Tracey Barlow's murder trial in front of an undercover reporter.ITV later confirmed, "Bruce Jones will not be returning to his role of Les Battersby on Coronation Street. Bruce's current contract will not be renewed when it ends in September of this year. The character of Les will not be seen back on screen."

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Davinia Taylor (Hollyoaks)

Davinia Taylor played Jude Cunningham in Hollyoaks in the late 90s but was fired from the show in 1998 for bad time-keeping. She later insisted that wasn't the real reason for her exit, telling Digital Spy, "Well do you know what, that's what they say I got 'sacked' for, but I think I fell out with the producer. She let me film my final scenes, all the front-of-head shots, so I'd already signed a contract saying I was leaving. So my final scenes I shot, and then they got an extra in to film the back-of-head shots and they rang up the press and said: 'Oh, we sacked her'. And just got the last bit of mileage out of me PR-wise. It didn't do me any favours at all."Despite the contentious way she left the soap, Davinia got her happy ending in 2016 when she temporarily reprised her role as Cindy Cunningham's sister.

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Shila Iqbal (Emmerdale)

Shortly after she joined Emmerdale as Aiesha Richards in 2019, Shila Iqbal was removed from the show after homophobic and racist tweets from 2012 resurfaced online. "As a consequence of historic social media posts Shila Iqbal has left her role as Aiesha Richards on Emmerdale," said a spokesperson for the soap at the time.Although she issued a grovelling apology for the historic remarks, Shila later appeared on This Morning and questioned whether she should have been sacked for something she did as a teenager. "To be honest, I think if the person has changed and shown remorse then no, you shouldn't be judged on that, you should be judged on the person you are today," she told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

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Marc Anwar (Coronation Street)

Marc played Corrie's Sharif Nazir for two years before he was fired in 2016 after tweeting a number of hateful anti-India comments. He was swiftly written out of the soap and bosses issued the following statement, "We are deeply shocked by the entirely unacceptable, racially offensive comments made on Twitter by Marc Anwar. We have talked to Marc and, as a consequence of his comments, he will not be returning to Coronation Street with immediate effect." The actor issued an apology video in which he told fans, "I would like to offer my sincerest apologies to anyone that I may have offended with my tweets on Friday evening and especially people from India. This was never my intention and the language was unacceptable. I feel that I have let a lot of people down, my family, my friends and my former colleagues. This I very sincerely apologise for." The video has since been deleted.

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Hollie-Jay Bowes (Hollyoaks)

Hollie-Jay Bowes played Michaela McQueen on Hollyoaks in the Noughties but was quickly written out of the soap in 2010 after falling out with producers.At the time, she tweeted, "This past four years have been incredible but I think it's time to find myself again! I'm officially leaving Hollyoaks in the next 6 months!"

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Luke Tittensor (Emmerdale)

Luke Tittensor played Daz Eden on Emmerdale until 2009 when he was booted off the show after being found guilty of grievous bodily harm when he broke a teenager's jaw.At the time, an Emmerdale spokesperson said, "As Luke has pleaded guilty to the serious charge of GBH and we cannot condone criminal behaviour, we have met with Luke and his agent to explain his contract with Emmerdale will be terminated. Luke regrets his behaviour and understands this situation."

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Katie Redford (Coronation Street

In 2015, it was announced that Katie Redford would be joining Coronation Street as Sarah Platt's 14-year-old daughter Bethany, but she was axed before she even stepped foot on the cobbles after it emerged she had lied about her age.The actor had told bosses she was 19 when she was in fact 22. The role was later to given to Lucy Fallon who played Bethany for five years before quitting the soap last year.

The story broke just hours after Lucy and Ryan celebrated Roman’s birthday – with the former TOWIE star sharing cute snaps of Scarlett playing with her little brother at the star-studded bash with her 1.7 million Instagram followers.

And as the drama between her fiancé and his ex rumbles on, insiders say it’s left Essex-based Lucy feeling nervous about plans to move to Ryan’s native Manchester, where they’ve spent the last year transforming their new pad into their dream family home.

A source says, “Lucy loves their new home and they’ve spent millions renovating it, but she’s sick and tired of all the toxicity and fighting which has been tainting what should be such a happy and exciting time for them.

“With the situation now at boiling point, the thought of being permanently based just a stone’s throw from Tina is creating a huge amount of stress and anxiety for Lucy, and she just wants to be as far away from it all as possible, close to her loved ones who can support her, especially with another baby coming along.

“She should be enjoying the last few weeks of her pregnancy – relishing all the excitement of expecting her little girl and spending quality time with Roman before their family expands. But instead she’s been dragged into the stress and drama which is creating a toxic atmosphere at home, unnecessary anxiety for her –and sparking rows between her and Ryan too.

“Lucy’s told Ryan she wants to stay in Essex so they can create a healthy distance between him and Tina, but Ryan is understandably hesitant given how much time and money they’ve spent creating their dream home, not to mention not wanting to be so far away from Scarlett again.”


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Ryan bought the pad last February as a “surprise” for his fiancée, so he could be closer to his daughter, who lives up north with Tina and her husband, Adam Croft, who she wed in 2018 and shares seven-year-old son, Beau, with.

The actor had admitted how travelling back and forth between Essex and Manchester was putting a “strain” on his relationship with the reality star-turned-fitness guru.

And while insiders at the time said Lucy was hesitant about moving so far away from her family, she seems to have had a change of heart – sharing updates of their home’s transformation and glimpses of her new office, workout studio and their daughter’s nursery.

The couple first met when they appeared on Celebrity Island With Bear Grylls in 2017, and got engaged during a romantic trip to Italy in 2019, shortly before welcoming Roman the following March.

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Ryan and Tina in 2004 ©Getty Images

Despite Ryan and Tina’s bitter split, the pair were said to be on good terms until recently – with Ryan describing Tina’s husband as “a lovely guy” and Tina echoing his amicable sentiments, adding, “It helps that everyone has moved on and is in a happy place.

“For the sake of Scarlett, it has been well worth preserving [our relationship] and choosing our battles.”

The actress – who still stars as Sarah Platt in the ITV soap where she met Ryan, who played her on-screen boyfriend, in 2003 – is also believed to have had a good relationship with Lucy, with the pair often bonding over their parenting styles. Although in 2018, Ryan and Tina appeared to clash on social media after Scarlett had her nails painted by her mum, with Ryan posting a picture on Instagram of him having it removed the next day. And the day after Lucy announced her first pregnancy, Tina posted, “Don’t always trust what you see on social media. Even salt looks like sugar.”

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As a couple on Corrie in 2015 ©Shutterstock

Now, following the alleged bust-up, sources said the exes are “barely speaking”, adding “this seems to have snapped the fragile thread their relationship was hanging by.”

And as Lucy prepares to give birth to her daughter, pals say she has taken matters into her own hands – serving Ryan an ultimatum to sort things out with Tina if she’s to settle in Manchester.

The source adds, “Lucy has told Ryan she won’t make the move until he clears the air with Tina once and for all – urging him to hire a mediator if need be and hold out an olive branch, for the sake of Scarlett and their whole family.

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“Lucy is adamant that she won’t make the sacrifice of leaving her family and friends in Essex and uprooting her life with all this toxic energy around them, and she’s told him in no uncertain terms that unless he sorts things out and ends the fallout with Tina, she’s staying put in Essex.

“Ryan has agreed to do whatever it takes to help smooth over the situation and make things right – even if it means biting his tongue to restore the peace.”

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