The Loose Women star who recently revealed that she will be stepping away from television after three decades in the industry has announced that she has reunited with her younger boyfriend, Riccardo Simionato.
The pair are said to be madly in love with a source revealing:”Mel’s hopeful this is her happy ending — she’s in love with Ricky.”
The former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! contestant is currently on a romantic holiday in Venice with 24-year-old Riccardo for her 51st birthday celebrations.
The presenter also posted a picture with a caption: “Ciao, for now, beautiful Venice, you & your people have my heart @ricky_simionato, amore, @francescodamosto @vale_d.m.l.”
Riccardo commented on the post, writing, “Thank you very much for the good times spent together,” along with a heart emoji.
Here’s everything we know about their relationship.
Who is Melanie Sykes’ boyfriend?
Sparks flew when Melanie met Riccardo on a trip to Venice, where he works as a gondolier, in October last year after she paid him £72 for a half hour’s ride on his gondola.
The pair enjoyed a six-day romance spending the rest of Melanie’s trip with each other where they were pictured kissing passionately and having breakfast together.
Riccardo, previously addressed their relationship and wasn’t phased by their 27-year age gap, saying: “Beauty is relative. Maybe what in your eyes is beautiful, isn’t to me. Every person is different, nationality doesn’t matter. True, no?”
Who is Melanie Sykes and how old is she?
Melanie Sykes has been a television and radio presenter, and model for three decades. The 51-year-old is best known for co-hosting Today with Des and Mel with Des O’Connor and Let’s Do Lunch with Gino D’Acampo as well as presenting stints on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!. She also recently competed on Celebrity MasterChef.
In a recent Instagram post, Mel announced that she has decided to step away from television because she has “grown out of it”.
She wrote” “At the end of April this year I stepped away from television after filming three different projects on the bounce, which you will see over the coming months. It became apparent that I have outgrown it in so many ways which I will discuss in detail in the future.”