Helen Flanagan on awkward moment she matched with ex Scott Sinclair on dating app

The first few months of 2024 were, she admits, the worst of Helen Flanagan's life so far, and in an exclusive chat with OK!, she explains exactly what happened and how far she's come. The former Coronation Street actress now realises the trigger for her mental health breakdown was in part down to the ending of her relationship with her ex, Scott Sinclair, who she was with for 13 years before they split in 2022, and is the father of her three children.

After spending two months off work to heal and recover, 33-year-old Helen reveals her relationship with Scott is better than ever, and tells us what happened when they found each other looking for love on a dating app.

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Helen has worked hard to recover from the trauma of her breakup with Scott -Credit:OK! Magazine / Chelsea White

“Well, I tried a dating app,” she laughs. “I went on a few dates and the people were really lovely, but I don’t really like the idea of choosing a partner based on looks. I definitely still believe in love and The One, but I think I’ll just go with the flow now. I hadn’t been on the dating scene for 13 years so it’s like a whole new world now.”

She also recalls the time she and Scott were together and both discovered that they were on the same app. "When we found each other on a dating app we had a laugh about it, which shows how far we’ve come!." she says. "I don’t want to live with toxic feelings, I really want to get on with the father of my kids and he’s the same."

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Helen was with Scott for 13 years, getting together when she was just 19 -Credit:Helen Flanagan/Instagram

"He stays with his mum and we’ve always been really close, so she’s a saving grace for me. I know when they’re with Scott they’re seeing their Nana Sally too.”

When the couple first separated in late 2022, Helen admits she “would just go to London and drink”, to escape her empty house when the kids went off to stay with their dad. Things for her now though are very, very different.

“I really love it now,” she says, grinning. “I couldn’t stop crying the first time, but now I really love it. I stay at home, watch TV, do some Pilates or go for a run or a swim. It’s important we don’t lose ourselves as mums. I love my children more than anything but we don’t own our kids – we bring them up, love them, give them everything, then you have to let them go. So, it’s important I still have my own identity. I want them to see me as fearless.”