Ferne McCann admits to ‘secretly dating’ amid Love Island’s Charlie Brake romance rumours

Ferne McCann

by Hollie Richardson |
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Will they be sharing a snog on New Year's Eve?

It's been a tough year for TOWIE star Ferne McCann who has been getting used to life as a mum-of-one after splitting from her acid attacker ex-boyfriend Arthur Collins.

But her romantic life was looking on-the-up when she was spotted leaving a nightclub with newly single Love Island star Charlie Brake earlier this month.

Now, 28-year-old Ferne has spoken about THOSE photographs of the pair and rumours that they were 'all over each other' in the club.

Charlie Brake and Ferne McCann

Speaking to OK! magazine, Ferne said: "I got pictured with him on a night out with mates and before I know it we’re 'in a relationship'. A picture can say a thousand words. I might have to do a Harry and Meghan and date in secret."

She added: "Yes, I think Charlie’s handsome, but right now, I haven’t got the time to date. My New Year’s resolution is to make time to date, but my priority is obviously Sunday [her baby daughter]."

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Celebrity engagements 2018 (Radio - slider - nov updated)

Helen Flanagan and Scott Sinclair1 of 18
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Helen Flanagan and Scott Sinclair

Celtic FC footballer Scott Sinclair proposed to Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan in Disneyland, just weeks before the couple's second child was due to arrive.

Caroline Flack and Andrew Brady2 of 18
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Caroline Flack and Andrew Brady

Despite only being together for a number of months, former Celebrity Big Brother star Andrew Brady popped the question to Love Island host Caroline Flack in April.

Chris Zylka and Paris Hilton3 of 18
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Chris Zylka and Paris Hilton

American actor Chris Zylka proposed to Paris Hilton during a romantic skiing trip in Aspen in January.She wrote on Instagram, 'I said Yas! ud83dudc70ud83cudffcud83dudc85ud83cudffcud83dudc8dud83dudc8e So happy & excited to be engaged to the love of my life. My best friend & soulmate. Perfect for me in every way. So dedicated, loyal, loving & kindhearted. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world! You are my dream come true! Thank you for showing me that fairytales do exist.ud83dude0d'. [sic]

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Lisa Riley

Loose Women star Lisa Riley announced her secret boyfriend had proposed to her in May. Sharing a photo of herself to Instagram, Lisa wrote, 'Yes I can now confirm the rumours are true... I have got engaged... My soul mate and best mate and love of my life Al is the best thing to have ever happened to me... We have absolutely NO date set for ANY wedding day, just happy together... Zero fuss, just firmed our togethernessud83dude18.' [sic]

Lea Michele and Zandy Reich5 of 18
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Lea Michele and Zandy Reich

Glee actress Lea Michele confirmed her boyfriend Zandy Reich proposed to her, showing off her stunning diamond ring on Instagram.

Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn6 of 18
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Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn

Pop superstar Ed Sheeran asked his long-term girlfriend Cherry Seaborn to marry him in January. He wrote on Instagram, 'Got myself a fiancé just before new year. We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well xx' [sic]

Vogue Williams and Spencer Matthews7 of 18
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Vogue Williams and Spencer Matthews

After meeting on The Jump, former Made In Chelsea lothario Spencer Matthews popped the question to his model girlfriend Vogue Williams. The couple later married in a private ceremony before welcoming their baby boy.

Jade Ewen and Daniel de Bourg8 of 18
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Jade Ewen and Daniel de Bourg

Sugababes singer Jade Ewen revealed to her fans that her actor boyfriend Daniel de Bourg had proposed to her on Valentine's Day.

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson9 of 18
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Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson

Pete Davidson confirmed he and Ariana Grande were engaged in an interview with Jimmy Fallon. However, just a few months later, the pair announced their split in October.

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin

Justin Bieber reportedly proposed to Hailey Baldwin whilst on holiday in the Bahamas. Then, in November, Justin and Hailey CONFIRMED they'd tied the knot when the model changed her name to 'Hailey Baldwin' on Instagram.

Oliver Proudlock and Emma Louise Connolly11 of 18
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Oliver Proudlock and Emma Louise Connolly

Made In Chelsea star Oliver Proudlock popped the question to his model girlfriend Emma Louise Connolly. Proudlock proposed as the pair celebrated their four-year anniversary in Sweden.

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Ellie Goulding and Caspar Jopling

Ellie Goulding and Caspar Jopling announced their engagement in August 2018 by taking out an advertisement in The Times newspaper which read, 'Mr C.W.F. Jopling and Miss E.J. Goulding. The engagement is announced between Caspar, son of The Hon Nicholas Jopling of Yorkshire and Mrs Jayne Warde-Aldam of Yorkshire, and Elena, daughter of Mr Arthur Goulding of Hertfordshire and Mrs Tracey Sumner of West Midlands.'

Leona Lewis13 of 18
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Leona Lewis and Dennis Jauch

Leona Lewis hinted that she and her boyfriend of eight years Dennis Jauch had gotten engaged by showing off a ring on that finger in an Instagram Story whilst they were on holiday in Puerto Rico.

Ryan Libbey and Louise Thompson14 of 18
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Ryan Libbey and Louise Thompson

Made In Chelsea stars Ryan Libbey and Louise Thompson announced their engagement in August. Ryan popped the question whilst the pair were on holiday in LA.

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Ollie Locke16 of 18
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Ollie Locke and Gareth Locke

Made In Chelsea star Ollie Locke announced his engagement to boyfriend Gareth Locke in September. The pair had been friends for over 10 years before realising they were perfect for each other.

Rio Ferdinand and Kate Wright17 of 18
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Rio Ferdinand and Kate Wright

Rio Ferdinand popped the question to former TOWIE star Kate Wright whilst the couple were on holiday in Abu Dhabi. The former footballer made the moment extra special by including his three children.

Michelle Hardwick and Kate Brooks18 of 18
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Michelle Hardwick and Kate Brooks

Emmerdale actress Michelle Hardwick AKA Vanessa Woodfield announced her engagement to show producer Kate Brooks by posting a stunning photo on Twitter to announce she'd planned an elaborate proposal.

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Ferne and 23-year-old Charlie first set tongues wagging in late October when they were spotted holding hands after an event and shared a taxi. Later, Ferne admitted that the pair had been "flirting". It's the first potential suitor Ferne has publicly been linked with since she split with Sunday's father, Arthur Collins, when he was arrested in connection with a nightclub acid attack in East London. He is now serving time in prison having been convicted of the crime. Charlie broke up with his Love Island beau Ellie Brown, 20, in a brutal manner earlier this year, apparently announcing the split before breaking the news to her.

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