Ex-Corrie star says 7-year difference wasn't important

Richard Fleeshman has denied that the 7-year age gap between him and ex-girlfriend Roxanne Pallett was responsible for their break-up.

The 18-year-old heart-throb got together with Emmerdale actress Roxanne when he was just 16 and she was 23 but they parted in August.

‘People can believe what they like,’ shrugs the former Corrie star.

And he remains tight-lipped about the actual reasons for their decision to go their separate ways.

‘We were private while we were together, so we’re not going to do that now. We have split up but we’re still good friends,’ he tells Celebs on Sunday.

The pair both took part in ITV’s Soapstar Superstar last year – the show Richard is hoping will propel him to pop star fame.

Richard recently released his first single, Coming Down, and debut album, Neon, is out next week.

Perhaps Roxanne went off him when he stopped straightening his hair…