Celebrity Big Brother ‘s Ryan Thomas has admitted that he’d had a crush on girlfriend Lucy Mecklenburgh for three years before they met and got together.

The former Coronation Street star met the ex-TOWIE star last year when they both took part in Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls, and they’ve been together ever since.

But Ryan says he actually had his eye on her for a long time before that.

Speaking to OK! , he said: "I’d been chasing her for about three years. I’d seen her on the cover of FHM years before."

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And talking about how their romance began, Lucy added: "It started just as banter. When we got to the island on the first night, I was petrified – it was dark, we were in the middle of the jungle and I said: ‘Ryan, can I lie next to you in case anything tries to eat me in the night?’ I used him to protect me."

He said: "It was more about survival and I was constantly fighting it because I didn’t want the show to be about a love story. We had affection for each other, but in that environment you needed it."

Ryan also said that he thinks being away from Lucy will hit him hard during his time in the CBB house, because of how much time they spend together, but that it will make them "better and stronger".

The actor gushed about his love for Lucy, saying that he wouldn’t have her around his daughter, Scarlett, nine, who he shares with ex Tina O’Brien, unless he knew she was going to be around for a "very long time".

He added: "I said the love word straight away. It gets used very frequently in my life – I’ll tell my mates I love them daily. Lucy isn’t as open as I am.

"We’ll have a massive wedding. It would be huge and one big party. It would be bigger than my brother Adam’s!"

* OK! is out now

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