The young mum’s moving on just four months after her split with Ryan


Tina O’Brien‘s may have bragged only last week on a Manchester radio station of her happiness at being fully single’ again, but that didn’t last long.

Just four months after splitting from longtime love Ryan Thomas, the ex-Coronation Street star is dating again – and her new man is one of the same radio station’s DJs: Mike Toolan.

The new relationship’s already threatened to derail the uneasy truce between herself and Ryan, 25 – her partner of six years until a bust-up last November.

Ryan just doesn’t want someone coming into their daughter Scarlett‘s life unless they’re a serious partner,’ our source says.

He thinks it’s very early to be dating again. Of course that’s Tina‘s business and she’s single, but he simply doesn’t want any other men meeting Scarlett.’

Tina, 26, met Mike when she went into the studio to talk about her new role on Waterloo Road and life after Coronation Street. Mike has two kids himself and, at 36, he’s 10 years older than Tina, but friends say the chemistry was instant and the fledgling relationship is so far going well.

Tina initially coped badly and wanted Ryan back, but once she was able to accept it was over she started feeling she was getting her life back.

‘She’s got into a routine with Scarlett, who’s 17 months and has loved feeling sexy again. 

She and Mike went on a couple of dates and then decided to go public at the Cirque du Soleil.

He’s a dad as well and he’s a bit more mature – and that helps because he knows what her priorities are. It’s early days, but she’s starting to move on.’

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See the full story about Tina O’Brien in Now magazine dated 15 March 2010 – out now!