Hollyoaks star Gary Lucy didn’t need to work very hard to gain the seal of approval from new girlfriend Laura Anderson’s friends and family.

The former Love Island star has admitted her mum “fancies” her new man and that she and her friends used to watch the actor on Footballers’ Wives.

She told OK!: "My mum fancies him! And my friends are obsessed. One of them messaged me the other day and she’s like, ‘Can you believe we used to watch Footballers’ Wives and you’re now dating Gary Lucy, how does that feel?’

“And I’m like, ‘Shut up!’ I don’t think about it like that.


"But then I was looking at him on a date and I was like, ‘It’s weird that I know your face. You’re like a celebrity.’ It’s like you would recognise them anywhere because you’ve just seen them so much.

“I was like, ‘It’s weird that I already know your face so much just from seeing pictures over time or whatever.’ I was like, ‘This is weird.’ I don’t think he really knew anything about me. He said he knew I was on Love Island and that’s about it.”

Gary, who has four children with his ex-wife Natasha Gray, is the first to admit that he’s really struggled to find love since his divorce four years ago.

But after a string of failed dates on E4 dating show Celebs Go Dating, Gary, 41, says that 33-year-old Laura was “pretty much everything that I’d go for”.

Meanwhile, Laura – who split from Out Of Your Mind singer Dane Bowers in August this year after five years on and off – describes Gary as a “gentleman”.

She gushed: “He makes me feel comfortable and he makes me feel quite adored and protected, which is really nice. He’s a gentleman.

“I really like that he’s got four kids, because his kids are so cute and they’re his world. He sends me videos and pictures of them and I just think that’s so attractive. He’s a really good kisser too, which is always good!”

Earlier this year, Laura announced she and Another Level singer Dane had broken up because they were “just not right for each other”.

During their time together, the couple had spoken about their plans to get married and have children together, with Laura revealing to OK! thatan engagement was on the cards for her and Dane .

“I think maybe what Dane's doing is saving up [for a ring] because I picked such a big one,” she said. “It’s best to be patient because I don’t want a sh*t one.”

Celebs Go Dating is available to stream on demand on All4

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