MIL­LIE’S READY to WED AGAIN

What a dif­fer­ence a sea­son makes. Af­ter split­ting with hus­band Pro­fes­sor Green and pub­licly mov­ing on with for­mer boyfriend Hugo Tay­lor in just six months, Mil­lie Mack­in­tosh is ready to com­mit…

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It’s no se­cret that Mil­lie Mack­in­tosh is style. She’s launched her own fash­ion range, pub­lished her own style book and it’s not Lon­don Fash­ion Week with­out Mil­lie sit­ting on the FROW. It’s been six months since Look was hang­ing out with Mil­lie at Fash­ion Week. Then we no­ticed she’d lost her sig­na­ture glow, re­fus­ing photos and stick­ing closely to her best friends. That wasn’t our Mil­lie. Only days later when they an­nounced their split did it tran­spire she was griev­ing for the break­down of her mar­riage to rap­per Pro­fes­sor Green.

But just one sea­son on, 27-year-old Mil­lie is beam­ing like never be­fore thanks to new man (and for­mer Made In Chelsea-era boyfriend) Hugo Tay­lor, 30, and now she’s ready for mar­riage once again.

‘Af­ter her re­la­tion­ship with Pro went sour Mil­lie thought she’d be sin­gle for a long time,’ says a friend. ‘So to fall back into the arms of Hugo was a big thing for her. It was also the best thing be­cause it healed her heart. She feels ab­so­lutely blessed to have gone from feel­ing so low to be­ing so happy, al­most overnight. It’s con­vinced her that she and Hugo are meant to be to­gether for­ever.’

Mil­lie and Pro Green, AKA Stephen Man­der­son, 32, an­nounced the end of their two-year mar­riage on 21 Fe­bru­ary – slap bang in the mid­dle of LFW – by re­leas­ing a joint state­ment: ‘It is with sad­ness and re­gret that we con­firm our sep­a­ra­tion. It is a mu­tual de­ci­sion, we still care deeply about each other and would like it to be known it is on am­i­ca­ble terms and we wish each other well.’

The world waited with baited breath, ex­pect­ing Pro Green to step out with a new woman. So when it was re­vealed that Mil­lie was the one who’d moved on swiftly – she was spot­ted kiss­ing Hugo at a mu­tual friend’s wed­ding – there were more than a few raised eye­brows. Now she never wants to let him go.

At an­other friend’s idyl­lic wed­ding last week­end, Mil­lie dashed to catch the bride’s bou­quet, which looked like a laugh, but ac­cord­ing to friends is very rep­re­sen­ta­tive of how she’s feel­ing – she wants a pro­posal.

‘Mil­lie felt she had un­fin­ished busi­ness with Hugo,’ says our source. ‘She doesn’t want to let her sec­ond chance with him slip be­tween her fin­gers. Her friends have known for a while that she’s keen on re­mar­ry­ing, but it’s only re­cently that she’s been drop­ping heavy hints to him.’ Mil­lie and Hugo had a six-month on­screen ro­mance in MIC back in 2011. They split on the show af­ter dis­cov­er­ing they’d both cheated. But af­ter the split, Mil­lie ad­mit­ted Hugo still gave her ‘but­ter­flies’, say­ing: ‘Those feel­ings don’t go… I do think, for the rest of my life, every time I see him, I’ll get that feel­ing in my stom­ach. I don’t think I could ever not get that but­ter­fly feel­ing.’

And lo and be­hold, five years later (and five weeks af­ter her split from Pro Green), Hugo and Mil­lie started hang­ing out more. They were spot­ted get­ting cosy to­gether at the Bri­tish Polo Day in Dubai in March, and on 3 April they were snapped ar­riv­ing at her posh pad to­gether, with re­ports claim­ing Hugo didn’t leave un­til the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

Mil­lie’s a stick­ler for fol­low­ing her heart – she got mar­ried to Pro Green just six months af­ter her en­gage­ment – so her friends are un­der­stand­ably slightly con­cerned that it might be too soon. Not that Mil­lie cares.

‘Peo­ple will say she’s mak­ing the same mis­take by rush­ing into mar­riage, but Mil­lie couldn’t dis­agree more,’ a friend tells us. ‘She’s known Hugo for years – he’s her soul mate. No­body has ever made her feel the way he does and she’s con­vinced no­body ever will. Noth­ing would make her hap­pier than a pro­posal from him. It would give her the chance to erase all the bad mem­o­ries and “do it prop­erly”. He’s the man she wants to have chil­dren with and that tells you ev­ery­thing.’

Go­ing by what Mil­lie’s pre­vi­ously re­vealed about plans to start a fam­ily, kids could well be on the cards. ‘I’d like to have chil­dren by the time I’m 30,’ she said. ‘My mum was 26 when I was born – I think it’s good to be a young mum.’

Over the last six months Mil­lie’s been through a lot. While her split from Pro Green was ini­tially am­i­ca­ble, things turned bad when Pro tweeted: ‘Money re­ally can’t buy you class can it,’ af­ter he saw Mil­lie pack­ing on the PDAS with Hugo in Monaco – just days af­ter their di­vorce was fi­nalised.

‘This re­la­tion­ship is to­tally dif­fer­ent from the way things were with Pro,’ adds a close pal. ‘Hugo puts no pres­sure on her. He finds her funny and in­spir­ing, and makes her feel good about her­self. He’s al­ways made Mil­lie feel great, with lit­tle gifts and com­pli­ments.’

But while Mil­lie’s lay­ing the foun­da­tion for a fu­ture of wed­ded bliss, Hugo’s pals say he’s not quite ready to set­tle down. ‘He’s happy to get back with Mil­lie, but he looks at Spencer [Matthews] liv­ing the high life and is still wor­ried about be­ing tied down in his prime,’ a friend says.

So if Mil­lie want’s to be the fu­ture Mrs Tay­lor, she’s go­ing to have to slow things down a bit. Noth­ing a few Don’t Tell The Bride episodes won’t solve!

Every time I see Hugo I get but­ter­flies in my stom­ach

Mil­lie (left) rushed in for the bou­quet... Sub­tle hint, Hugo?

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