Sheridan Smith split from Alex Lawler as she was still in love with ex fiancé

Sheridan Smith reportedly parted ways from her boyfriend of four months Alex Lawler because she was "still in love" with her ex-fiancé Jamie Horn.

The 40 year old actress had been dating her boyfriend Alex for several months, but the couple split in early January with Sheridan deleting photos of them together from her social media.

It has now been claimed that the reason things didn't work out between Sheridan and Alex was because she was still pining for her ex, Jamie, with whom she shares 20 month old son Billy.

"Sheridan was still very much in love with Jamie when she reunited with Alex, and she was still grieving for the end of their relationship," a source said.

They added to Closer magazine that Sheridan felt as though she had "rushed" into the romance with Alex.

They told the publication: "While she initially tried to pretend she was OK, it became very clear it was more of a rebound fling and that things weren't going to work out as she'd hoped."

OK! has contacted Sheridan Smith's representative for comment.

Earlier this month, The Sun reported that Sheridan had split from 40 year old Alex, with a source calling the break-up free from "drama".

The source said: "There was no major drama, and they both agreed their romance had run its course.

"Sheridan was delighted when she rekindled her old flame with Alex and it was a wonderful reunion for them both.

"But after a while, it was clear that they would be better off as friends. She is single now and focusing on herself and her son."

Sheridan made her red carpet debut with Alex – who she first dated 20 years ago – in November last year and had previously shared photos to Instagram of the couple on a date night.

Captioning a photo of the couple together, she wrote: "So pleased this fitty I dated back in the day (20 years ago) is back in my life!

"Life works in mysterious ways," she penned alongside a smiling face emoji and prince emoji. She then added: "miss you Mr" before ending the caption with a red heart emoji.

The actress confirmed in October last year that she was dating Alex after splitting from her ex Jamie months earlier in July.

In a joint statement shared with The Sun on Sunday at the time, Sheridan and Jamie announced: "It is with great sadness that we have decided to have some time apart."

Cilla actress Sheridan met former insurance broker Jamie, 31, on dating app Tinder in 2018.

The couple soon became engaged when Jamie proposed to the actress with a £10,000 ring.

Sheridan and Jamie then revealed they were expecting a child together in October 2019, before welcoming baby son Billy into the world in May 2020.

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