TOWIE ex-lovers Mario Falcone and Lucy Mecklenburgh: Mario gets over split by dating Lydia Denby, 16
It’s the harsh reality of celeb land that ex-girlfriends are quickly replaced with younger models, but this one really takes the biscuit. Or is that, erm, Haribo Starmix?
Last month TOWIE’s on-off-on-off couple Mario Falcone and Lucy Mecklenburgh finally realised that while their future as a couple might have been orange, it wasn’t particularly bright.
So Lucy, 21, dumped him. But rather than sob into his bottle of hair gel and watch endless repeats of The Notebook, Mario seemed to get over their split pretty darn quickly.
Dates: Lydia and Mario
In just seven days, in fact, when Lucy caught him sending flirty messages to someone else on Twitter.
And now 25-year-old Italian tailor Mario has been on dates with fellow Essex-er Lydia Denby – who is just 16 years old. Oh, and she’s the best friend of Lucy’s younger sister. Awkward.
My well-placed source reveals: “Mario and Lydia have been out on three dates together over the past few weeks.
“He’s taken her to some quiet pubs in Essex and they’ve been drinking milkshakes together.
“At first Mario wasn’t aware of how old Lydia is as she’s a pretty girl who dresses a lot older than her age.
“He thought she was at least 18 years old as they were in a nightclub. Lydia then revealed her real age to Mario and although he was shocked they continued going on two more dates.
“Lydia can’t believe she has been going on dates with Essex’s most eligible bachelor and has been telling all of her friends.”
One of the friends Lydia told was Lucy’s sister, who is also called Lydia. And, inevitably, it got back to Lucy herself.
Cue devil horns and bellowing steam. On Thursday she tweeted: “I’m literally disgusted! Whatever was I thinking.” She quickly deleted the tweets about her former fiance, who she had been with since April 2011.
A source close to Mario said of Lydia: “They first met in a nightclub so you would naturally assume she was 18 years old.”
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