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Lorraine Kelly admits ‘I’m annoyed’ as she hits out over Kym Marsh’s new romance with toyboy

Kym recently went public with her new "unexpected" romance

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Lorraine Kelly and Ulrika Jonsson have defended Kym Marsh this week following news of the actress’ new romance.

Coronation Street star Kym recently went public with a new man – her 101 Dalmatians The Musical co-star Samuel Thomas. Kym, 48, shared a photo of her and Samuel, 29, kissing as she branded him her “soulmate”.

On her ITV show on Tuesday (July 9), Lorraine addressed the backlash Kym and Samuel have received over their age gap.

Ulrika has also since spoken out, slamming the trolling against Kym.

Lorraine Kelly speaking on her ITV show today
Lorraine defended Kym over the backlash (Credit: ITV)

Lorraine Kelly on Kym Marsh romance

Speaking with entertainment correspondent Ria Hebden, Lorraine admitted: “I’m a bit annoyed about this. Kym Marsh, lovely Kym smashing girl, she has come under a bit of fire because she’s got a new man in her life and he’s a bit younger.

If this was the other way round and it was an older man and a younger girl, nobody would even mention it.

“So what! If this was the other way round and it was an older man and a younger girl, nobody would even mention it. And poor Kym is getting stick online.”

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Peter also defended Kym about her age gap romance (Credit: ITV)

The presenter then brought singer Peter Andre into the debate as he was in the studio. Peter, 51, is married to his wife Emily, 34.

Peter said: “There’s little differences. Music is one of the things I’ve noticed. It’s how you are with each other.”

Lorraine added: “It doesn’t matter. I hope Kym is ignoring all that nonsense.”

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Ulrika also defended Kym this week (Credit: SplashNews.com)

Ulrika Jonsson on Kym Marsh’s new relationship

Meanwhile, in an article for The Sun, Ulrika shared her support for Kym. She said: “Like me, Kym has been married three times. In my opinion, she is a woman who dances to the beat of her own drum.

“With three marriages under her belt and children by different fathers, how very dare she fall in love again with someone she is already calling her ‘soul mate’?”

Ulrika added: “This kind of behaviour makes people feel deeply uncomfortable. It doesn’t sit well with them. In fact, I’m sure many would prefer her to be miserable and broken-hearted until the end of time.”

The star said she “admires” Kym and branded her “fearless when it comes to betting on love”.

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Kym Marsh boyfriend

At the weekend, Kym went Instagram official with Samuel. She shared a photo of herself and her co-star kissing.

Alongside the loved-up snap, Kym wrote: “Met the most amazing man ever! Sometimes the most unexpected things happen at the most unexpected times. @samuelthomasuk I love you #beautiful #soulmate #loveyou.”

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Samuel also shared a sweet picture of himself and Kym to his Instagram and wrote: “I didn’t expect you, but here you are. I love you.”

One cruel troll commented on Kym’s post: “You said that about the last bloke the other year.” However, Kym hit back: “Why don’t you go do one.”

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Rebecca Carter
Associate Editor (News)