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EastEnders’ Max Bowden seen leaving Shona McGarty’s home after spending the night

EastEnders’ Max Bowden was spotted leaving co-star Shona McGarty’s home in the early hours of Wednesday morning after spending the night.

The actor, 27, who plays Ben Mitchell, and Shona, 30, starring as Whitney Dean, insist they are not ‘officially dating’ but sources claim the pair have been spotted looking ‘very cosy’ on set.

In photos obtained by The Sun, Max – who split from his pregnant ex-girlfriend Roisin Buckle earlier this year – was seen leaving the property in Hertfordshire as sources claim the pair ‘have grown closer’. 

‘They have grown closer’: EastEnders’ Max Bowden was spotted leaving co-star Shona McGarty’s home in the early hours of Wednesday morning after spending the night

On Tuesday afternoon onlookers saw Max drive his black BMW into Shona’s street and entering through a wooden fence at the rear of her home. 

Later in the evening Shona came to the garden gate to collect a takeaway meal from a delivery driver.

A source told the Sun on Sunday: ‘They spend as much time together as they can. Most nights or mornings Max is seen entering or leaving Shona’s home. He wears the same clothes most days.

‘They have tried to keep their relationship a secret and they drive into the EastEnders set separately. But anybody who sees them together can see how they feel about each other.’ 

A source told the Sun on Sunday: 'They spend as much time together as they can. Most nights or mornings Max is seen entering or leaving Shona's home. He wears the same clothes most days.

 A source told the Sun on Sunday: ‘They spend as much time together as they can. Most nights or mornings Max is seen entering or leaving Shona’s home. He wears the same clothes most days.

Happier times: It has also been claimed that Max vowed to his baby mama Roisin Buckle that he was not romantically with anyone else when they called it quits last month

Happier times: It has also been claimed that Max vowed to his baby mama Roisin Buckle that he was not romantically with anyone else when they called it quits last month

The insider said: ‘They’ve tried to keep their relationship quiet. It had all the hallmarks of an EastEnders’ plotline as they tried to keep it secret. It hasn’t been the easiest of starts for them. Shona and Max were friends and now they have grown closer. But they don’t want to make a big fuss of things.’ 

Mailonline has contacted representatives for the pair for comment. 

Due to the pair being in the limelight for so many years and knowing their relationship will be big news, the source claimed Max and Shona are trying to handle the situation ‘sensitively’ and keep it on the down low. 

Max and Shona are allegedly ‘mad for each other’ and ‘inseparable’ on the EastEnders set after he split from his pregnant girlfriend Roisin Buckle. 

Relationship: The actor, 27, who plays Ben Mitchell, and Shona, 30, starring as Whitney Dean, insist they are not 'officially dating' but sources claim the pair have been spotted looking 'very cosy' on set (pictured on the BBC show)

Relationship: The actor, 27, who plays Ben Mitchell, and Shona, 30, starring as Whitney Dean, insist they are not ‘officially dating’ but sources claim the pair have been spotted looking ‘very cosy’ on set (pictured on the BBC show)

It has also been claimed that Max vowed to his baby mama that he was not romantically with anyone else when they called it quits last month.

A source told The Sun: ‘Max and Shona are mad for each other. They have been spending quality time together for a while now. 

‘Shona has been a great support for Max over the last couple of months and been a shoulder for him to cry on.

‘Who knows what could happen in the future but for now they’re just good friends.’

They went on to admit the pair are ‘absolutely not in a relationship’, with the actors also insisting they are not ‘officially dating’.

Back in March, Max and Shona put on a cosy display as they had fun at a country music festival, which was held at The O2 Arena in London.

The redhead beauty is thought to be a single lady after splitting from her fiancé, electrician Ryan Harris in January 2020.

Max split from insurance executive Roisin, 36, earlier this year but the pair are said to be ‘delighted’ at the prospect of becoming parents and found out they were expecting some time ago. 

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Friend: A source said: ‘Shona has been a great support for Max over the last couple of months and been a shoulder for him to cry on’ (Shona pictured in-character)

A friend told The Sun: ‘They broke up earlier this year. There was no one else involved, it just simply didn’t work out.

‘Max and Roisin remained good friends and were thrilled when she found out she was pregnant.

‘They are determined to co-parent the tot and are supporting each other. It has been a tough year for Max so he was delighted when he found out he is going to be a dad. He’s really excited about the future.

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Possibility: They added: ‘Who knows what could happen in the future but for now they’re just good friends’ (Max pictured in-character)

The source also told the publication that those who know the couple ‘could not be more excited.’

They confirmed their romance last October – five months after they started dating. During their romance, the pair remained largely out of the limelight.

Shona and Max’s representatives have been contacted by MailOnline for comment. 

Throwback: The redhead beauty is thought to be a single lady after splitting from her fiancé, electrician Ryan Harris in January 2020

Throwback: The redhead beauty is thought to be a single lady after splitting from her fiancé, electrician Ryan Harris in January 2020

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