Melanie Sykes, 50, appears loved-up with toyboy Riccardo Simionato, 23

Melanie Sykes, 50, posts loved-up snaps from Lake Garda trip with gondolier toyboy Riccardo Simionato, 23, after jetting back to Italy to resume their fling

Melanie Sykes is proving herself to be truly in the throes of romance. 

The former Boddingtons babe, 50, gave an insight into her relationship with toyboy Riccardo Simionato, 23, on Thursday as she shared a snap of the gondolier during a day out in Lake Garda, after returning to Italy to reunite with the hunk. 

Simply adding a blue heart to the snap and tagging her hunky toyboy, she proved things are going from strength-to-strength with the holiday romance which first began last month during a chance meeting on his boat in Venice.   

Loved-up: Melanie Sykes, 50, gave an insight into her relationship with toyboy Riccardo Simionato, 23, on Thursday as she shared a snap of the gondolier during a day out in Lake Garda, after returning to Italy to reunite with the hunk

Mel kept herself behind the camera on the day out as she posted an image of handsome Riccardo and later of her delicious lobster lunch and the views. 

After meeting last month when she paid him £72 for a half hour’s ride on his gondola, she has now returned and has been getting up close once more. 

It’s not known if Mel travelled out before the second UK lockdown came into force to reunite with her gondolier lover, with whom she initially enjoyed a six day fling. 

Twice-divorced Mel, who has sons aged 18 and 16, looks much younger than her age. As the gallant gondolier, who declined to discuss their dalliance, himself noted: ‘Beauty is relative.’  

Yum! Mel kept herself behind the camera on the day out as she posted an image of handsome Riccardo and later of her delicious lobster lunch and the views

Idyllic: She shared a number of stunning snaps from the day out

The Manchester-born star had been in Venice on a mini-break with a female friend and first posted a picture of herself being punted along a canal by obliging Riccardo the week before the romance was revealed.

The pictured embrace came less than 48 hours later, on Monday, and the next day she was seen enjoying an alfresco breakfast in the gondolier’s company in the intimate Campo San Toma square.

Asked if he prefers English women, Riccardo replied: ‘Every person is different, nationality doesn’t matter. True, no?’

But he clammed up when asked if he planned to see Mel again. For Mel’s part, she posted a tantalising picture on social media of the famous Rialto bridge with the caption: ‘Ciao for now.’

Nice! The Manchester-born star had been in Venice on a mini-break with a female friend and first posted a picture of herself being punted along a canal by obliging Riccardo the week before the romance was revealed

After the collapse of her first marriage to actor Daniel Caltagirone, Mel embarked on a whirlwind romance with Jack Cockings, a roofer, who she met on Twitter aged 28 at the time, he was 16 years her junior

They wed in 2013, but she filed for divorce after just seven months of marriage, later admitting she married ‘the wrong person’

She was briefly then linked to singer Olly Murs, 14 years her junior, and German golfer Martin Kaymer, who is 15 years younger, before dating comedian Steve Coogan, 55, for six months last year. 

Mel has hosted number of TV shows including ITV’s Today With Des and Mel, with the late Des O’Connor, and Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast 

Star of the show! Mel has hosted number of TV shows including ITV’s Today With Des and Mel, with the late Des O’Connor, and Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast

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