Denise Van Outen's ex-fiancé Eddie Boxshall is reportedly being comforted by his former footballer friend Peter Crouch, following his split from Denise.
The Only Way Is Essex narrator Denise, 47, confirmed her split from Eddie following reports he had been messaging other women.
During their relationship, Eddie had became friends with 40 year old Peter, as the former striker's model wife Abbey Clancy is close friends with Denise.
And now, Celebrity Gogglebox star Eddie is said to be leaning on the footie star for support – but model Abbey, 36, is said to be unhappy about it.
A source has told The Sun on Sunday: "It was through their friendship that Eddie met Peter.
"Since Denise kicked him out, Eddie’s leant on Peter for advice and support.
"Peter doesn’t condone his actions. He’s tried to help but he’s made it clear that he doesn’t want to get involved in matters between Eddie and Denise.
"Sadly, Peter helping Eddie hasn’t gone down well with Abbey. She’s furious on Denise’s behalf and won’t give Eddie the time of day."
Meanwhile, it was reported shortly after the stunning blonde confirmed the end of their romance that Eddie hopes to win his ex-fiancee back, despite her unfollowing him on Instagram.
An insider said: "Eddie is convinced he can win Denise back and isn’t willing to throw away all of their memories together. He’s pulling out all the stops to save their relationship.
"He feels terrible and pained that she’s hurting. He is desperate to gain her forgiveness and knows there are a lot of deep-rooted feelings involved. He’s not willing to accept it’s over for good.
"He thinks they’re the perfect match for each other and knows he was foolish. Eddie is keeping his distance for now and wants to give her the space and respect she needs."
But, a source has since spilled to OK! Denise wants to put the split behind her and will date again.
They revealed: "She actually feels ready to get back out there on the dating scene, she’s wasting no time.
"She doesn’t want to sit around moping."
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Denise and Eddie were in a relationship for seven years and had planned to wed – despite Eddie never formally proposing to the TV star.
Denise explained last year: "We’re not engaged but we are preparing to get married. It will definitely happen but we’re not in a rush."
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