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Hollyoaks star Jennifer Metcalfe has split from footballer boyfriend, Chris Eagles, according to new reports.
The 38-year-old actress, who plays Mercedes McQueen on the Channel 4 soap, had been dating the former Manchester United player since December 2020.
In recent months their romance had been rocked by a number of rows, leading Jennifer to call time on the relationship after briefly splitting then reuniting in June.
But Jennifer is said to be keen to rekindle things with 35-year-old Chris in spite of their split and against the wishes of ‘some of her friends’, who believe Jennifer ‘doesn’t need Chris in her life’.
A source told The Sun: “Jen and Chris haven’t had the easiest of romances and now it’s all off again. They’ve had a few rows recently and Jen has had enough. She’s putting herself first for once, rather than bending over backwards for Chris.
"For now they’ve cooled off their relationship and are taking some time apart.
“Jen celebrated her 38th birthday with friends over the weekend and she seems to be really happy again.
“It’s not been easy recently and her mates just want her to be happy.”
Jennifer and Chris met following the breakdown of her relationship with former Geordie Shore cast member, Greg Lake.
The pair announced their separation at the beginning of last year after eight years together.
They share a four-year-old son, Daye.
On her split with Greg, Jennifer wrote on Instagram: “Greg and I decided to part ways amicably a couple months ago.
"We remain friends and we both will continue to happily co-parent Daye and would appreciate privacy during these times.
"Thank you to everyone who has supported us before, during and after this."
Jennifer previously dated French ice skater Sylvain Longchambon, who she met while filming Dancing on Ice in 2011.
The couple were engaged to marry before Sylvain allegedly dumped Jennifer by phone on Christmas Day in 2012 after falling for Coronation Street actress, Samia Longchambon (née Ghadie).
Jennifer told The Sun on Sunday in 2013: “It's like death. I felt gutted. It was the worst Christmas ever.”
She added: “He told me on the phone that Samia and himself had a conversation about their feelings for each other.”
In May this year, it was reported that Chris had been arrested for sleeping in his car outside of Jennifer’s home.
The former professional footballer was allegedly nearly three times the legal drink-drive limit when he was discovered sleeping at the wheel of his Audi in the early hours of the morning.
Chris was previously engaged to Danielle Mitchinson, who he dated for eight years until their split last October and with whom he shares two children.
Jennifer has also been linked to her Hollyoaks co-star, David Tag.
The onscreen couple sparked romance rumours last year when a source told the Mirror Online that people on the set of the Channel 4 soap ‘suspected they were more than friends’.
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