Lucy Mecklenburgh reassured The Games viewers after fans thought she had given birth. The former The Only Way is Essex star is currently heavily pregnant with her and Ryan Thomas ‘ second child.
The ex- Coronation Street actor has already shared his ‘worry’ that his baby girl will be born this week as he competes live in ITV’s new sporting show. Ryan, who played Jason Grimshaw in the ITV soap from 2000 to 2016, shared a photo of his fiancée Lucy after viewers saw him finally emerge victorious in the canoe slalom event.
The picture showed Lucy back at their Essex home posing for a mirror selfie while showing off her blessing bump having rolled up her top. Ryan wrote alongside the snap of his wife-to-be: “My biggest worry is this! Ticking time bomb @lucymeck1.” He then added: “Will I make it to the end of @thegamestv.”
And on Wednesday night, ahead of the third of five live editions of The Games, Lucy took to Instagram as she cuddled up to a friend’s newborn baby girl. “Congratulations @keeleyfurbank Perfect little angel,” she wrote alongside the sweet video, adding a pink heart. She also told her followers the little one was called Bella.
But there must have been some confusion in Lucy’s private messages as she followed up the post a short while later with a message to those watching her husband-to-be. “Hha no, not my bubba! Dw [don’t worry] u will still see @ryanthomas84 and his [peach emojis] on @thegames tv.”
Lucy’s message comes after her other half, who she shares her son Roman with, accidentally showed more than he was expecting during Tuesday night’s edition of the show which sees 12 celebrities go head to head in a series of sporting challenges, racking up points as they go, before one male and one winner is chosen at the end of the week (Friday, May 13).
The actor and his fellow competitors were live at London Aquatics Centre for a series of swimming events as well as their second mixed synchronized dive. Ryan, who is starring in the show alongside The Wanted’s Max George, model Christine McGuiness, Corrie star Colson Smith and Emmerdale’s Rebecca Sarker, took to the diving board with his partner Chelcee Grimes and the pair didn’t hold back as they headed straight for the 7.5 metre springboard platform, with no other duo going as high.
But after taking their leap, Ryan suffered an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction, leaving viewers at home in hysterics – including the 37-year-old’s fiancée Lucy who filmed the moment and shared it on her Instagram Story with her laughing in the background.
The Celebrity Big Brother winner impressed with his dive, but as he resurfaced from the water the cameras caught his skimpy yellow trunks had been pushed halfway down his bum. “There you go… the moon is shining!” commentator Chris Kamara was heard saying.
Filling him in on what they saw, Alex Scott told him poolside: “How hard was it keeping your trunks on? Under the water right there, we know you had a bit of a malfunction.” A smiling Ryan replied: “Really!? Oh no,” before joking: “Did the sock fall out?”
Before The Games started on Monday Ryan took to Instagram to show off his incredible body transformation after 12 weeks of intense training for the show. The actor shared a look at his ripped physique, posting an impressive shot of himself in the gym, posing in just a hat and a pair of blue shorts with his washboard abs on display.