Lucy: “Ryan and I al­ways ar­gue at the gym!”

For­mer TOWIE star-turned-fit­ness-fa­natic Lucy Meck­len­burgh tells Closer what makes her re­la­tion­ship with Ryan Thomas work and re­veals her baby plans

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She’s had her fair share of S heartache – hav­ing dated TV pre­sen­ter Mark Wright, gym­nast Louis Smith and for­mer TOWIE co-star Mario Fal­cone, to whom she was en­gaged. But Lucy Meck­len­burgh has fi­nally found hap­pi­ness with soap star Ryan Thomas, 34.

The cou­ple – who started dat­ing last year – have been in the spot­light re­cently fol­low­ing Ryan’s stint on Celebrity Big Brother, where he was falsely ac­cused of as­sault by his fel­low house­mate, ac­tress Rox­anne Pal­lett, and Lucy was his num­ber one source of sup­port in the af­ter­math.

But like any cou­ple, their re­la­tion­ship is not with­out its chal­lenges, and fit­ness fa­natic Lucy, 27, says that while their re­la­tion­ship is amaz­ing, they tend to butt heads when they go to the gym.

She says, “Ryan’s amaz­ing – but we can’t train to­gether. We try to go to the gym, but we just end up fall­ing out – we al­ways ar­gue at the gym. He doesn’t like it when I tell him what to do!


“But he is amaz­ing. He gives me lots of com­pli­ments and makes me feel beau­ti­ful – and I’m very com­pli­men­tary to him, too.”

Lucy is no stranger to re­al­ity TV – her ro­mances with ex-boyfriends Mark and Mario played out on TOWIE and she met for­mer boyfriend Louis on tal­ent show Tum­ble. She also met cur­rent beau Ryan, 34, while they were both star­ring in re­al­ity show The Is­land With Bear Grylls last year.

Lucy has re­vealed she fell for Ryan be­cause “he re­ally looked af­ter me and he’s a very car­ing per­son.” And Ryan – who is dad to daugh­ter Scar­lett, ten, from a pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ship with Cor­rie star Tina O’brien – has re­vealed he can see him­self mar­ry­ing Lucy one day, say­ing, “We’ll have a mas­sive wed­ding… I’m a softie and I wouldn’t have her around my daugh­ter un­less I knew she was go­ing to be around for a very long time.”

And now Lucy says that she can “100 per cent” see her­self hav­ing a fam­ily one day, but she’s wary of her slim size 8 fig­ure chang­ing when she be­comes preg­nant.

She says, “I def­i­nitely want to be a mum one day, I’ve al­ways wanted a fam­ily. It’s def­i­nitely some­thing in my fu­ture, but right now? I’m not sure. I’m 27 and I’m so busy at the mo­ment with my busi­nesses. It’s in the fu­ture – but I don’t think any time soon.

“There’s def­i­nitely a worry about my body chang­ing due to preg­nancy, too. Your body is never the same af­ter­wards. And there’s a hell of a lot of pres­sure on mums to snap back into shape. But your body does an in­cred­i­ble thing, so who cares if you’ve got a few stretch marks? You’ll have an amaz­ing baby. Plus, Ferne [Mccann] and Binky [Fel­stead] look in­cred­i­ble af­ter hav­ing their ba­bies! They’re def­i­nitely yummy mum­mies.”

Lucy found fame on TOWIE in 2010 aged just 19, but has since evolved into a lifestyle guru, launch­ing her own fit­ness com­pany, Re­sults With Lucy.


She says, “I’m ac­tive and gen­er­ally I eat well – I fol­low the 80/20 rule, where I’m healthy and I ex­er­cise dur­ing the week, but at the week­end I let my hair down and have wine, pizza and pasta – ba­si­cally, what­ever I want.

“I love that men­tal, as well as phys­i­cal, health is be­ing pri­ori­tised at the mo­ment. I’ve suf­fered with anx­i­ety in the past and I still have days where I feel anx­ious – but talk­ing about it def­i­nitely helps.”

De­spite her toned physique, Lucy adds she still gets body hang-ups, but that un­like many of her for­mer TOWIE co-stars, she isn’t in­ter­ested in surgery.

She says, “I do feel con­fi­dent in my body and my ap­pear­ance, but I still have is­sues with bloat­ing, where my belly swells, and I have days when my skin isn’t great and

‘I def­i­nitely want to be a mum’

I have spots. Like all girls, I get ner­vous when I have to get in a bikini!

“I’m not one for surgery or cos­metic pro­ce­dures – I’ve never had any­thing and I think, if you eat well and stay ac­tive, you will look amaz­ing with­out all of that. It’s sad when peo­ple have [surgery] with­out prop­erly think­ing about it. It’s pop­u­lar where I live – I’ve seen so many peo­ple get ad­dicted to hav­ing it done, too. I have younger sis­ters, and I do worry for them in this day and age.”


When asked what ad­vice she’d give if she could go back and talk to her 19-yearold self on TOWIE, Lucy says she’d tell her­self to be more care­free. She says, “The show made me grow up re­ally quickly – but I learned a lot of lessons. I don’t re­gret my time on the show, but it was def­i­nitely right to leave when I did. I wouldn’t change any­thing with my time on TOWIE, be­cause ev­ery­thing’s got me to where I am to­day. I’m re­ally happy with where I am, I’m proud of my busi­nesses and I’m in a happy re­la­tion­ship. I guess I’d just tell my­self to stop wor­ry­ing so much – about what peo­ple say and what peo­ple think. Life is too short!” By Lily Smith ● Sign up for your free ten-day trial of Re­sults With Lucy at Re­sultswith­

She runs her own fit­ness busi­ness

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