MEL Sykes has a new man in her life, and unlike previous exes, he is far from the entertainment world.
The mother-of-two was joyful after her romantic trip to Venice where she hooked up with gondolier Riccardo Simionato.
Who is Melanie Sykes' love interest Riccardo Simionato?
Melanie Sykes was spotted kissing a 23-year-old gondolier named Riccardo Simionato on a city break to Venice.
Mel is thought to have met the handsome Italian on her trip and enjoyed a whirlwind romance.
Mel was pictured in Venice kissing Riccardo passionately in public.
The pair spent the rest of the trip together and were spotted having an alfresco breakfast together in Campo San Toma square.
What did Melanie Sykes say about her relationship with Riccardo?
After the pictures were published, Melanie took to Instagram to update her followers.
Melanie posted a photo of herself with the caption: "Morning strumpets. I knew I was being stalked on my holiday but I managed to ignore it.
"Partly because it's just what happens but mostly because I was experiencing so much joy, it was difficult to actually care.
"May you also recognise, appreciate and take those happy moments in this crazy world. love Melanie x #livethatlife."
When the Mail on Sunday approached Riccardo about his fling with Melanie, he said coyly: "I don't remember. I meet a lot of people.'
He also acknowledged the 27-year age gap, but said: "Beauty is relative. Maybe what in your eyes is beautiful, isn't to me."
Who was Melanie Sykes previously married to?
Melanie Sykes has been married twice.
First to Daniel Caltagirone from 2001 until 2009.
She later married Jack Cockings in 2013 for just seven months.
She has two children with her first husband – Roman, 15, and Valentino, 12, who was diagnosed with autism.
Who has Melanie Sykes previously dated?
On On December 8, 2019 it was revealed that Mel has split from Steve Coogan – after growing concerned the Alan Partridge star did not want to settle down.
She is said to be “gutted but not surprised” by the end of their romance which began after they met at a glitzy film premiere.
We told in February 2019 how Mel and Steve – famed for Alan Partridge catchphrases ‘A-Ha’ and ‘Back of the Net’ – had started secretly dating after Mel spent a weekend at the comic’s country home.
In February 2018 The Sun revealed that Melanie was "secretly dating" German golf pro, Martin Kaymer.
Before that in November 2017 we also revealed how pop star Olly Murs and Melanie had been dating secretly for almost a year.
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