Former Celebrity Big Brother winners Alex Reid and Chantelle Houghton have declared their love for each other in a “sickly-sweet” joint telly interview.
Here’s the story from The Sun…
The pair, who hooked up in May — four months after the cage fighter split from Katie Price — insisted their relationship was not a “showmance” during a loved-up appearance on This Morning.
When host Ruth Langsford asked them: “Are you in love?” they both exclaimed: “Yes!”
After Eamonn Holmes questioned whether their relationship was the real thing, Alex, 36, explained: “Love has many degrees. This feels real. This feels relaxed.
“And I don’t want to compare anything to anybody else. But this is new, this feels right, right now.
“I was very nervous when I first met Chantelle not to go straight in because my heart was still a bit broken back then, but she’s mended it.”
And Chantelle, 27, was just as enthusiastic about her new beau.
When asked what she loved about Alex, she gushed: “I always call him the hurricane. When he walks in he lights up the room and makes everyone feel good about themselves and I haven’t felt good about myself in a long time.
“I’ve got a lot going on personally but Alex has been amazing. He makes me feel so secure and happy. He’s made me feel complete.”
She insisted she didn’t care if critics thought their pairing was a PR stunt, adding: “I don’t care what they say. As long as you’re happy that’s what matters.”
And the smitten couple – who held hands throughout the interview – revealed that they’ve already met each other’s parents.
They also said that despite their previous failed marriages they would wed again.
Alex added: “We talked about this. We are both sad because it was something that was so special. For me, that was for better for worse but you’ve got to move on.”
Earlier this morning Alex appeared alone on Lorraine and announced he was in love with Chantelle after describing her as a “friend with benefits”.
He told presenter Kate Garraway: “I’ve just met the most fantastic lovely lady – Sergeant Major Lace I call her, Chantilly Lace with a pretty face.”
And asked if the relationship was a ‘showmance’, he said: “Well yes, she’s a friend with benefits”, before adding: “I love her. Oh my God I’ve just said that on national TV.”
The cross dresser went on: “It’s an exciting time. I’ve just got – it’s a bit dappy, but I’ve just bought a brand new car and I feel very proud, isn’t that silly?
“And I’ve got a fantastic girlfriend and I’ve got really good projects going on. I’ve got my gym franchise which I’ve just started, The Alex Reid Academy, which is great and it’s all about me getting out there and changing people’s lives, and that’s one of the reasons why I’m fighting on Saturday.”
And despite his break-up with Katie, 33, Alex said their romance had “brought lovely gifts”.
Talking about their relationship, he said: “Listen, I had a wonderful life before Miss Price and I’ve got a fantastic life now.
“And undoubtedly who I am – I’m always asked questions about Katie – I don’t want to talk about her.”
He added: “I didn’t know quite what I was expecting when I got into that, but hey, it brought lovely gifts. It closed many doors but it opened many doors.”
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