Ricky Hatton’s Playboy model ex Carla Howe has had her say on his new love interest Claire Sweeney.

Brookside and Coronation Street actress Claire, 52, and the former professional boxer, 45 – who are both believed to be single – looked loved-up and put their arms around each other as they enjoyed a pub crawl in Manchester on Saturday.

They also enjoyed a pub date on Friday evening, with the new couple surprising staff at a venue in Stockport.

On ITV show Dancing On Ice this year, Claire was partnered with professional skater Colin Grafton and was eliminated in week three, while Ricky was partnered with Robin Johnstone and left in week one.

But the pair appear to have struck up a connection as they appeared very cosy on their dates, prompting Carla to speak out about Ricky’s ‘wandering eye’.

Ricky Hatton's Playboy model ex Carla Howe has had her say on his new love interest Claire Sweeney

Ricky Hatton's Playboy model ex Carla Howe has had her say on his new love interest Claire Sweeney

Ricky Hatton’s Playboy model ex Carla Howe has had her say on his new love interest Claire Sweeney

Actress Claire, 52, and the former professional boxer, 45, looked loved-up and put their arms around each other as they enjoyed a pub crawl in Manchester on Saturday

Actress Claire, 52, and the former professional boxer, 45, looked loved-up and put their arms around each other as they enjoyed a pub crawl in Manchester on Saturday

Actress Claire, 52, and the former professional boxer, 45, looked loved-up and put their arms around each other as they enjoyed a pub crawl in Manchester on Saturday

Carla and Ricky exchanged some flirtatious text messages after meeting in 2021 and he then took her on a number of dates before inviting her on holiday to Tenerife.

After seeing Ricky and Claire on their dates over the weekend, Carla told The Sun: ‘When Ricky was pursuing me he was living a really unhealthy lifestyle – drinking a lot and partying. He was really immature.

‘He seems to be back on track now and ready to settle down – if he can control his wandering eye.

‘I’m really shocked that he’s gone for Claire. She’s very different to who I would have expected him to end up with.

‘I guess she might be a better fit for him. It seems like she’ll be wearing the trousers and the one in control, whereas with me he was looking for someone more submissive.

‘I wish him the best though. He’s a lovely guy and deserves to be happy.’

A representative for Ricky told the publication Carla and Ricky were never in a relationship.

MailOnline has contacted a representative for Ricky for further comment.

The pair appear to have struck up a connection as they appeared very cosy on their dates, prompting Carla to speak out about Ricky's 'wandering eye'

The pair appear to have struck up a connection as they appeared very cosy on their dates, prompting Carla to speak out about Ricky's 'wandering eye'

The pair appear to have struck up a connection as they appeared very cosy on their dates, prompting Carla to speak out about Ricky’s ‘wandering eye’

Carla and Ricky exchanged some flirtatious text messages after meeting in 2021 and he then took her on a number of dates before inviting her on holiday to Tenerif

Carla and Ricky exchanged some flirtatious text messages after meeting in 2021 and he then took her on a number of dates before inviting her on holiday to Tenerif

Carla and Ricky exchanged some flirtatious text messages after meeting in 2021 and he then took her on a number of dates before inviting her on holiday to Tenerif

Carla claims she has remained friends with Ricky and they last spoke at the end of last year, shortly before he competed on Dancing On Ice. 

Ricky is said to be ‘completely besotted’ with Claire after the pair met during their time on the ITV television figure skating competition.

While neither were particularly successful on the skating show it appears a romance may have blossomed from it.

A source told The Sun: ‘They became friends on Dancing On Ice and really hit it off.

‘It’s since become romantic and they’ve enjoyed a few dates. It’s early days but they’ve got a spark and have been having a great time.’

According to another source, the pair have been on a number of dates and Ricky is ‘completely besotted’.

They told the Mirror: ‘The chemistry was electric. Ricky went out of the show early on but he contacted her afterwards and let’s say he started wooing her.

‘They’ve been out on several dates. Saturday was just one in a long line of them. They’ve been seeing each other quite a bit. He is completely besotted.

Claire and Ricky were also seen together at another point in the weekend as they met with friends at the Hot Water Comedy Club

Claire and Ricky were also seen together at another point in the weekend as they met with friends at the Hot Water Comedy Club

Ricky shared pictures and videos of her on his Instagram

Ricky shared pictures and videos of her on his Instagram

Claire and Ricky were also seen together at another point in the weekend as they met with friends at the Hot Water Comedy Club

Two days before that a pub called The Crown Heaton Moor in Stockport shared an image of them on a night out with a group of friends (Claire second left, Ricky second right)

Two days before that a pub called The Crown Heaton Moor in Stockport shared an image of them on a night out with a group of friends (Claire second left, Ricky second right)

Two days before that a pub called The Crown Heaton Moor in Stockport shared an image of them on a night out with a group of friends (Claire second left, Ricky second right)

‘It seems like an unlikely match but he’s always had a way with women. They fall for his personality, and Claire has.

‘He knows her number one priority is her son so they are being very careful. Let’s watch this space.’

A representative for Ricky declined to comment. MailOnline contacted a representative for Claire for comment.

Claire and Ricky were seen looking cosy as they walked with their arms around one another during their night out in Manchester at the weekend.

Soap star Claire looked glamorous in a sparkly silver dress and heels which boosted her height.

While Ricky wore a pair of ripped black jeans and a velvet jacket.

Ricky and Claire were spotted leaving the first pub on their crawl with friends and were later spotted arriving at another nearby boozer with their arms around one another.

Sportsman Ricky later wrapped his jacket around the actress to keep her warm when they left an hour after before heading home.

Ricky was the first celebrity to be eliminated from Dancing On Ice 2024 in January (pictured with his partner Robyn Johnstone)

Ricky was the first celebrity to be eliminated from Dancing On Ice 2024 in January (pictured with his partner Robyn Johnstone)

Ricky was the first celebrity to be eliminated from Dancing On Ice 2024 in January (pictured with his partner Robyn Johnstone)

They were also seen together at another point in the weekend as they met with friends at the Hot Water Comedy Club.

Ricky shared images of them enjoying some drinks together as Claire looked stylish in a denim jumpsuit.

Two days before that a pub called The Crown Heaton Moor in Stockport shared an image of them on another night out with a group of friends.

Claire’s last long-term romance came with Daniel Reilly, and the pair split in 2017. They share son Jaxon, eight.

Meanwhile Ricky has had a colourful love life over the years.

In his early 20s, Ricky had a brief relationship with a woman known only as Claire, who went on to have his boxer son, Campbell Hatton – born on January 9, 2001.

Ricky – born in Stockport, Greater Manchester, in 1978 – had his longest relationship with Jennifer Dooley, from 2005 to 2016.

Jennifer was there for some of the highest points of his career, seeing him win or retain multiple world titles as well as being there for the presentation of his MBE in 2007’s New Year Honours.

Hatton proposed to her on Valentine’s Day of 2009.

He fatefully named the couple’s Cheshire house the ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ after Elvis Presley’s hit track.

In 2010, a video of Ricky taking cocaine was leaked, leading him to begin rehab as Jennifer stood by him.

Claire Sweeney became the third star to leave this year's Dancing On Ice in February (pictured with pro partner Colin Grafton)

Claire Sweeney became the third star to leave this year's Dancing On Ice in February (pictured with pro partner Colin Grafton)

Claire Sweeney became the third star to leave this year’s Dancing On Ice in February (pictured with pro partner Colin Grafton) 

However, another month later, Irish boxing champion Emma Bowe told the Mirror of how she had been having an 11-month affair with the boxer after getting his autograph in Dublin.

A rocky period between Jennifer and Hatton after the fighter’s retirement in 2012 included him moving in and out of their £3 million home a number of times.

A December 2013 holiday bust-up led to Ricky moving out and after moving back in again months later, in June 2014, he moved out for a second time after going AWOL during a boozy trip to Lanzarote.

But their turbulent year was put behind them in the New Year when they went on holiday to Tenerife with their two daughters, Millie, 11, and Fearne, 10.

In 2016, however, another string of drink-fuelled nights out for Ricky put a final end to his and Jennifer’s 11-year relationship, after he was pictured looking worse for wear partying with other girls in his arms.

He said of Jennifer: ‘It’s very upsetting when you’ve been in such a long-term relationship and it comes to an end.

‘I can’t deny there are times I have found things difficult.’

The year after that split, Ricky enjoyed a night out with Playboy model Carla Howe – but rumours of a romance were never confirmed.

Claire is seen with her ex Daniel Reilly in 2012

Claire is seen with her ex Daniel Reilly in 2012

Claire is seen with her ex Daniel Reilly in 2012

Also in 2017, Hatton started a relationship with long-term ‘bezzie’ Marie Pollard, with the then-39-year-old posting a slew of snaps with his new partner over the course of the year.

On one of their most entertaining early dates, Ricky was hoping to take Marie to the Church Inn, but instead of an ale house the pair ended up at a house of God.

Despite meeting Ricky’s family, and spending time with him watching another thing close to his heart – Manchester City FC – the couple had separated by July 2018.

That month, Ricky shares a gallery of pictures with his new girlfriend, Charlie Nordell, on a trip to Las Vegas.

The couple stayed at the prestigious Caesar’s Palace hotel and posed for a number of smitten snaps to celebrate their romantic break.

The sportsman commented: ‘Nice to go to Vegas for a night and not get knocked the f*** out.’

He affectionately called Charlie the ‘fun police’ as she was one of those who had attempted to keep Ricky on the straight and narrow since his 2012 retirement.

However, the pair split after two years as a source told The Sun they ‘wanted different things’ with Charlie planning a move to Dubai for 2020.

Hatton managed to rekindle his romance with Marie in 2021, but only for less than 12 months with the boxer going public with new girlfriend Angela Blemmings in July 2022.

Ricky - born in Stockport, Greater Manchester, in 1978 - had his longest relationship with Jennifer Dooley, from 2005 to 2016

Ricky - born in Stockport, Greater Manchester, in 1978 - had his longest relationship with Jennifer Dooley, from 2005 to 2016

Ricky – born in Stockport, Greater Manchester, in 1978 – had his longest relationship with Jennifer Dooley, from 2005 to 2016  

He took the beauty therapist – owner of EyeCandy beauty salon in Stalybridge – on a romantic getaway to Dublin.

Angela shared the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year red carpet with Ricky in December, but the following year was less celebratory for the couple as they went their separate ways.

Ricky ended up with another Playboy model – Chelsea Claire – in August 2023, but this ‘ended up being more of a fling’ according to a Sun insider.

Their split was revealed in January 2024, shortly before Ricky was due to make his Dancing on Ice debut.

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