EastEnders' Shona McGarty hints at new romance after Max Bowden split

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EastEnders star Shona McGarty has teased that love is in the air again following her break up from co-star Max Bowden.

Shona and Max dated last year and just a few months later announced that they parted, with both saying they remain close friends.

Speaking to the Mirror, the star revealed that she is "talking" to a new potential love match.

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At the British Soap Awards this weekend (June 3), she said: "It's lovely to be here tonight because Max's mum's here and I haven't seen her for ages, I adore her. So it's lovely to catch up with her. We're actually better than ever. It's a friendship, we're in such a good place."

Showing no regret, she added: "You take a risk, and you do something, and it doesn't work out, but that's life, you've got to take that risk."

When asked about future romance and if she was seeing anyone she shared: "I'm speaking to someone at the moment but it's very early days."

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Shona has played Whitney Dean on the long-running soap since 2008 and has recently been at the centre of a very powerful storyline, alongside James Farrar.

Whitney (Shona) and Zack Hudson (James) were forced to terminate the pregnancy of their baby daughter Peach after doctor's diagnosed her with the rare condition Edwards' syndrome, which could have meant that the baby might not have survived.

The pair took time to thank fans of the show for their support in an Instagram video, with her caption saying: "We've both received so many moving messages from both men and women who have been through the pain of losing a child. Thank you for all your support through this sensitive storyline. We hope we've done it justice and played it with respect."

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Max has played Ben Mitchell on the soap since 2019 and has been at the centre of the recent storylines around Lola Pierce, who passed away this week (May 31).

Ben and Lola have a daughter together, and after a last-minute trip to the US to hopefully find Lola further treatment, he returned to Walford too late and missed his chance to say goodbye to the mother of his child.

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