Kym Marsh fans jump to defend her amid 'unexpected' romance with toyboy co-star

Actress Kym Marsh has shared a life update with fans. The 48-year-old posted a picture of herself kissing her new boyfriend, 29-year-old Samuel Thomas.

The pair are currently starring together in 101 Dalmatians the Musical on stage. And a source close to Kym has said that her toyboy lover has put a smile back on her face.

They told The Mirror: "She was quite down after the split from Scott Ratcliff and threw herself into her work. She was filming Waterloo Road again while doing a stage tour - and then as luck would have it she met Sam.

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"It started as a friendship but has quickly developed into something more. Kym is sure this relationship is the real deal and is telling anyone who will listen she is in love again."

Alongside a photo of her and Samuel, Kym wrote on Instagram: "Met the most amazing man ever! Sometimes the most unexpected things happen at the most unexpected times. @samuelthomasuk I love you #beautiful #soulmate #loveyou."

Samuel replied to her post by commenting: "I love you". He also added a picture of the pair together on his own Instagram account, writing: "I didn’t expect you, but here you are. I love you." Kim replied to the post: "Ditto. The best things happen unexpectedly. Love you too."

And Kym's fans were quick to stick up for her in the comments. One said: "Ignore the hate, my husband and I have been together 24 yrs on the 12th. 19yr age gap.. I was his babysitter!! Safe to say love conquers all."

A second added: "The amount of hateful comments on this woman’s post is awful. How many of us have gotten into relationships, wanting, hoping and thinking that it’s for keeps but unfortunately it doesn’t turn out that way, what are we supposed to do? Stay on our own forever?! Again it’s women tearing each other again as per."

"Happy for you Kym, ignore the nasty comments. It takes more guts to end a relationship than stay," a third said.