Corrie's Faye Brookes and Joe Davies confirm romance as they walk hand in hand around Manchester

CORRIE star Faye Brookes has confirmed her romance with personal trainer Joe Davies as they walked around Manchester hand-in-hand yesterday.

The actress, 32, who split from fiancé Gareth Gates after seven years in August, previously denied that she and Joe were an item.

Faye looked giddy as she held her beau's hand walking to The Hard Rock Cafe for The Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Charity 'Big Christmas Quiz'.

The TV star looked chic in a plaid mini dress, black tights, boots and leather jacket for the occasion while Joe complemented her in a matching biker jacket.

The Manchester native looked happier than ever she as strolled alongside the fitness professional.

It was revealed in August how Faye and Gareth had a blazing row after she began having late-night gym sessions and he confronted her about her relationship with Joe.

And since they split for good,Faye, who is a regular at Joe’s classes at Barry’s Bootcamp in Manchester, has been spotted at a number of events with the super-fit PT.

After she was pictured with him several weeks ago she took to Twitter to deny they were an item, saying she was a member of the gym and he was just a friend.

Faye wrote: "I imagine that suggestions could be made from these pics that there is more to this. There isn't."

Yet, last month's wellness getaway to Cheltenham's Ellenborough Park Hotel fuelled rumours that they were more than just good friends.

Pop Idol runner-up Gareth and Faye, who played Kate Connor, met when they starred in Legally Blonde in 2012 and they went public with their relationship in August 2013.

The couple split in August after dating on and off for seven years and had planned to marry.

Gareth popped the question in January of this year while on a trip to New York with Faye.

But they went their separate ways after he found out about Faye’s secret fling with her Cobbles co-star, Sam Robertson.

Faye and Sam became close when Gareth and the actress were on a brief break last year, but the singer and panto star couldn’t ‘get over it’.

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