Intimate footage of Faye Brookes has appeared online

Gareth Gates has come to the defence of Coronation Street star girlfriend Faye Brookes after a sex tape of her was leaked online.

Faye – who plays Kate Connor in the soap – is said to be devastated that the clip of her has ended up on the internet and has been viewed more than 100,000 times.

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She’s now reportedly called in police to investigate how the footage was stolen by hackers. The video was apparently filmed a few months ago but was only uploaded online recently.

Gareth is standing by his other half’s side throughout it all and made this clear by posting an emotional message alongside a photo of the pair on social media this week.

The 33-year-old shared an image on Sunday showing him and Faye, 30, holding hands whilst looking lovingly at each other on the beach and wrote: ‘United we stand @faye_brookes’

United we stand @faye_brookes

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Many fans of the couple – who first met in 2012 when they both appeared in the West End production of Legally Blonde – have been showing their support following Gareth’s reflective post.

‘absolutely beautiful pic and beautiful sentiment,’ one follower commented, whilst another added: ‘Thinking of you both. There are some horrid people out there. Faye don’t worry it will soon be forgotten & u will always have Gareth by your side’

Meanwhile Faye has been retweeting similar messages from her fans after being left deeply upset by the leak.

‘Faye is understandably devastated,’ a source tells The Sun. ‘Like any woman, she will be mortified that this footage is a few clicks away.

‘It has somehow been accessed by someone who doesn’t care how much upset they cause.’

The actress has recently been involved in a big storyline on Corrie which has seen her character Kate have a secret lesbian relationship with her married friend Rana Nazir (played by Bhavna Limbachia).