Celebs Go Dating stars Joshua Ritchie and Olivia Bentley are ‘secretly dating’

It has emerged Celebs Go Dating co-stars Joshua Ritchie and Olivia Bentley were rumoured to have started dating since last month.

Fireworks were said to have exploded when the celebrity couple were thrown together on the Celebs Go Dating show.

Joshua enraged his ex-girlfriend Charlotte Crosby when he signed up to do the show just two weeks after their split following a two-year romance.

The hunk joined stars including Olivia to enlist the help of the dating gurus to get them dates with people out of the limelight.

Instead, Joshua and Olivia were said to be drawn to each other. Rumours have been circulating the couple started secretly dating each other as early as February.

But the Ex On The Beach hunk and the Made In Chelsea starlet have kept their romantic connection private from the world for the sake of the reality dating show which plays out on-screens now.

However, the word was said to have got out because they couldn't keep their hands off each other.

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A source told MailOnline: "Josh and Olivia have been getting on like a house on fire. They started seeing each other in secret at the beginning of February and their romance has really blossomed.

"Until recently they had really tried to keep their feelings for each other private for the sake of the show. But it was impossible for them not to be flirty and tactile in group situations with the rest of the cast, so it soon became common knowledge."

The Mirror has approached Joshua Ritchie and Olivia Bentley's representatives for comment.

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Celebs Go Dating has a history of unintentionally and accidentally bringing a romantic union between the single celebrity stars looking for love.

Megan Barton-Hanson started dating Demi Sims after they struck up a connection on the show.

Stephanie Pratt and Joey Essex also enjoyed a romance following their chance meeting while filming.

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During a recent episode filmed in November, Joshua expressed he still had a "lot of love" for Charlotte.

The pair had a turbulent romance packed with PDA-heavy make-ups and explosive showdowns over a two-year period.

Fans will remember Charlotte filmed a seething video rant after finding out her ex was going on Celebs Go Dating.

But Joshua explained their differences come down to his ex being desperate to get married and have kids while he wasn't ready to commit.

He said: "I care for her, I still do have a lot of love for her and I respect her.

"The thing is, she wants to have a family, she wants children, which I understand. She wants to get married."

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