Naww! Is it a Christmas romance for Lucy Mecklenburgh and Louis Smith?

It looks like love is definitely in the air for TOWIE star Lucy Mecklenburgh and sexy gymnast Louis Smith.

The pair first met while filming BBC show Tumble earlier this year but Lucy quickly quashed any romance rumours.

Now though, a source has revealed that the stunning 23-year-old has been on several dates with Louis, including a trip to an ice rink inCanary Wharf, London.

‘They had a brilliant time and things are really heating up between them,’ said the source. ‘There were lots of rumours about Louis and Lucy when he was judging Tumble and she was a contestant. It’s true they were flirting but nothing happened.’

Apparently Lucy even went as far as to say Louis, 25, was too short for her. Harsh!

At 5ft 10in, the Olympic gymnast was apparently not tall enough for 5ft6in Lucy, who said she preferred men who were 6ft 2in.

The source said: ‘Louis got with someone straight after Tumble but they split and he bumped into Lucy. She must have forgotten about his size because sparks flew and they started dating.’

In November, Louis posted a gorgeous snap of the pair looking cosy together. Alongside the black and white photo, Louis wrote:

‘Look who I found.. @lucymeck1 . She looks just as good in a dress as she does in a leotard #tumble.’

Naww. We certainly agree!

Lucy called time on her reported relationship with TV presenter Gethin Jones earlier this year but the fitness fanatic has revealed that they are still friends.

‘We went out a few times a while ago but it was bad timing for both of us. I was so busy after Tumble and he travels a lot, so it wasn’t the best time,’ said Lucy, adding: ‘[We’re in touch] as friends. He’s the nicest guy. It was a mutual thing.’

So could things be getting serious for Lucy and Louis?An unnamed source says ‘the way things are looking they could be together for a long time.’

Naww a crimbo romance!

Louis is set to appear on The Jump in the New Year and also Strictly Come Dancing‘s Christmas episode.

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