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Footballer Jack Grealish strikes up friendship with 'I'm a Celeb' star Emily Atack

Just this week Jack celebrated his anniversary with his girlfriend
Jack Grealish and Emily Atack

Jack Grealish and Emily Atack

Clodagh Meaney

Jack Grealish has been reportedly struck up a close friendship with Actor Emily Atack after connecting on social media.

The 26-year-old Manchester City soccer star previously played for Ireland’s U21 team.

Although Jack has been in a long term relationship with Sasha Atwood, it has been reported that he has also been enjoying getting to know blonde bombshell Emily.

A source reportedly told the Sun: “Emily watched Jack in the Euros and thought he was fit. And for his part, Jack has been a fan of hers since she starred as Charlotte 'Big Jugs' Hinchcliffe in The Inbetweeners.”

It's claimed the pair who met on Instagram have been texting and chatting for about six weeks.

“They started DMing on Instagram before swapping numbers, and taking it on to WhatsApp and FaceTime," claimed the source.

“They've become really good mates, FaceTiming loads and he's like a little puppy dog around her. They have a real laugh together.”

Emily, who rose to fame on Channel 4 sitcom The Inbetweeners, split from her most recent boyfriend Jude Taylor back in August.

“I am single. Being single isn’t always a happy thing, but I definitely think it isn’t a bad thing and it shouldn’t be seen as something that’s shameful if you’re in your 30s and single,” she said.

“As I say, being single isn’t always great, but sometimes it’s really great. So yeah, I’m fine.”

(Ian West/PA)

(Ian West/PA)

Jack and TV presenter Emily are believed to have spent time together in London.

Just last week, Jack marked his anniversary with Sasha. While their relationship has been mostly kept private, it is believed that they have been together for 10 years. The couple met in secondary school and have been friends for a long time.

The pair celebrated their romance at their home in Manchester with a beautiful movie night in.

25-year-old Sasha shared snaps of their romantic night complete with balloons, rose petals, sweet treats and The Notebook on a projector screen.

They snuggled up together on heart-shaped cushions and blankets.

Sasha, who is a beauty influencer, previously revealed that she received death threats as their relationship was put in the spotlight thanks to the Euro 2020 games. Jack, who plays for England’s national team, was part of the squad during the competition.

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“They said, ‘I hope you get cancer and die’ or 'I hope your whole family dies’”, she shared in a YouTube video.

“They say, ‘I hope the next time you’re in the car you crash it and die, I hope after Wembley you die.’ I was receiving 200 death threats a day. I’m not exaggerating when I say that.

“I had so many messages every single day. I still get them now, all day every day.”

"It just kind of blows my mind how nasty people can be for no reason whatsoever."

Sasha branded the trolls as ‘embarrassing’ and revealed that many of those who threaten her are young teenage girls.

“But it’s on a whole other level. It’s just crazy. It’s the nasty messages about my appearance, people’s opinions. What are you all doing? It’s embarrassing."

“You hear people talking about trolling, but I never realised how bad it actually was. The scary thing is, it’s young girls. I’d go on these girls’ accounts who have sent me stuff and they’re 13 or 14. It’s so sad.”

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