Claire Sweeney and Ricky Hatton 'love each other's company' amid romance

Claire Sweeney's new rumoured romance with British former boxer Ricky Hatton appears to be going from strength to strength, with the pair spotted looking cosy on a night out together recently. The pair met last year, after both were cast to appear on ITV's Dancing on Ice, and they're said have had an "electric chemistry" when they first met during rehearsals for the competition.

Ricky, 45, is thought to have been the one to make the first move with Coronation Street actress Claire, 53, leading to them going on several dates. The boxing pro is said to be 'besotted' with his new love, and Claire's feelings are very much reciprocated, according to an insider.

A source told us: "Claire’s been very unlucky in the past with her love life but she’s really happy with Ricky. He’s got a kind heart and really makes her laugh. That’s the way to Claire’s heart really, making her laugh and she’s been nothing but smiles since meeting Ricky.

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Claire and Ricky are thought to be dating -Credit:rickyhitmanhatton/Instagram

"It’s a very unlikely pairing but they’ve both realised that they actually have so much in common and both really love each other’s company and they’re laughing all the time."

The source added: "Claire also loves boxing and she likes a rough and tough man and they’re getting on really well. I think they’re going to try and get away soon, maybe have a Caribbean holiday, but they’re just enjoying each other’s company for the minute and having a bit of fun."

After months of rumours about the budding romance, Ricky appeared to make his feelings clear as he shared a sweet Instagram tribute to Claire on Wednesday, 17 April. Posting to his Instagram Stories, he shared a snap from behind the scenes on Dancing on Ice, with him dressed in boxing gear, whilst Claire looked glamorous in a ball gown.

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The pair are said to be loved-up with one another -Credit:Instagram/ @rickyhitmanhatton
Claire Sweeney has crashed out of Dancing on Ice
Claire Sweeney was on Dancing on Ice with Ricky -Credit:Getty Images

"Happy Birthday Claire," he captioned the photo. "Have the best day gorgeous. Lots of love, Ricky xx," as he threw in a red love heart emoji for good measure. Touched by the gesture, Claire re-posted the heartfelt message, affectionately responding: "Thank you darling."

Friends are said to be rooting for the pair, amid reports that Claire has put her £2.3million London mansion on the market - perhaps signalling a significant change in her future. The four-storey home boasts four bedrooms and even has planning permission for a rooftop garden.

Claire is thought to be so smitten with her new boxer beau that she is gearing up to introduce him to her family - undoubtedly a sign that the relationship is going from strength to strength.

Prior to her romance with Ricky, Claire was in a relationship with Daniel Reilly from 2013 until 2015, with whom she shares a son, Jaxon. Before that, she was in a six year relationship with businessman named Tony Hibbard, but the pair split in 2007. Claire has never married.

Ricky, meanwhile, has also never been married, however he has a 23 year old son, named Campbell, who has followed in his father's footsteps and is a boxer.