Former Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan has opened up about her “special” relationship with former Celtic player Scott Sinclair a year after the pair split.
The couple split last July after 13 years.
But the actress, who had three children with the 34-year-old Bristol City winger, described their relationship as “special” before it ended and said her ex was once “her whole world”.
The 33-year-old also revealed that she “found someone else” afterward Separation from Scott.
But the mother-of-three admitted she’s not quite ready to jump into the dating scene just yet.
Helen and former Celtic player Scott have three children together – Matilda, eight, Charlie, two, and Delilah, five.
They first met when Scott was playing football for Birmingham City and Helen was working on the ITV soap Corrie aged 19.
She openly admitted in a recent social media post that she first felt “lonely” earlier this year after splitting from Scott in July.
On Thursday, she opened up to her fans on social media and spoke candidly about the breakdown in her relationship with the former Celtic player.
“I’m just being myself on Instagram. what my life is actually like. I’m just myself.”
“I love following other women, and Instagram is a great place to build a community. When I look at Instagram and TikTok, I usually look at relationship or breakup topics.”
She added, “I didn’t want to share those things, so there’s a lot that I don’t share, but there are also things that I don’t share, and I get a lot of messages from other women in similar situations.”
“I find my social media really therapeutic. I really enjoy being honest about situations.”
“I’m trying to achieve that with motherhood. It was a strange transition for me. Last year really.”
“I was with my fiancé for a very long time — from the age of 19 to 31, and he was my whole world.”
“But yeah, and before that I had a boyfriend when I was 17. Throughout my adult life I have never been single or alone. So the last year has been quite a transition for me.”
She added: “I remember just after we split up making sure – and I think it’s really good to have a distraction – that I did the jungle, which I was really grateful for. It was perfect timing, the perfect project and a great distraction.” . I really enjoyed it, so I did it.
“Then I threw myself into house renovation. Scott surprised me with the house two years ago and I was very pleased to see everything change so I really enjoyed renovating my house.”
“Also, I just keep myself busy with work projects and things like that. And of course, with children, going through a breakup and having children can be a great blessing in some ways.”
“They make you laugh, you can feel absolutely awful, or you feel like shit or you’re down and you have to get up in the morning and do the school run, they’re a great distraction.”
“As a mother, you’re always busy, aren’t you? You don’t have time to think because you’re busy taking care of your kids and you can lose yourself in them, which is really comforting.”
Though she reveals she’s been feeling lonely, she says she’s not ready for the dating scene.
She said that you get “a lot of love” from your children.
She added: “If I ever feel a little down or whatever, my kids, they always make me feel better. But I suppose the downside is when it takes a minute. When you’re feeling a certain way or emotionally, you have to put a face on.
In the lengthy video chat, Helen also revealed that she is seeking the help of a life coach: “What has helped me, being able to message other women in similar situations, is that I had a really good life coach. She’s gorgeous.”
“She’s sort of a therapist, more of a life coach, and that gives me a lot of strength. That really helped me.”
“I’ve never been alone, I just thought: What do I want? What does Helen want?”
“What do I really, really want to do, and I feel like right now, that sounds really scary and I’m going to cringe when I look at it, but it’s kind of like finding yourself and that’s how I feel. “
On how to proceed, Helen said: “I don’t think I’m really ready to talk about dating. Someday I would, but not right now.”
“I found someone who was really nice to me and we’re still really good friends.
“He was lovely and made me feel beautiful and made me feel special, which was nice and I think that’s a pretty big deal, especially when you have kids.”
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