News, Culture & Society

EastEnders’ Shona McGarty and Max Bowden go Instagram official after months of dating rumours

EastEnders’ Shona McGarty and Max Bowden go Instagram official after months of dating rumours.

Soap actor Max, 27, split from his pregnant ex-girlfriend Roisin Buckle, 37, earlier this year before reportedly going on to date co-star Shona, 30. 

Shona, who plays Whitney Dean in the BBC soap, took to Instagram on Sunday to share cosy snaps of her and Max at House & Classics Festival in Essex.

Cosy: EastEnders’ Shona McGarty and Max Bowden go Instagram official after months of dating rumours

The couple looked very close at the music event as they partied with pals and posed together in public for the first time. 

Shona split from her electrician fiancé Ryan Harris in January, claiming the separation was ‘very amicable’. 

It comes after Max’s pregnant ex-girlfriend Roisin, who is due to give birth in two weeks, claimed she has not seen the actor for nearly two months and he failed to attend their child’s 20-week scan. 

Couple: Shona, who plays Whitney Dean in the BBC soap, took to Instagram on Sunday to share cosy snaps of her and Max at House & Classics Festival in Essex

Couple: Shona, who plays Whitney Dean in the BBC soap, took to Instagram on Sunday to share cosy snaps of her and Max at House & Classics Festival in Essex

Split: Soap actor Max, 27, split from his pregnant ex-girlfriend Roisin Buckle, 37, earlier this year before reportedly going on to date co-star Shona, 30

Split: Soap actor Max, 27, split from his pregnant ex-girlfriend Roisin Buckle, 37, earlier this year before reportedly going on to date co-star Shona, 30

Speaking on her new podcast One Mum and a Baby, Roisin said: ‘There was hope we may co-parent but I haven’t heard from him in about six weeks now so I’m not really sure where that stands.’

Roisin, who is due to give birth in August, went on to say that she had invited Max to the babies scan – where she discovered she was expecting a boy – however she says he failed to turn up. 

She added: ‘The door is open and I would never stop him seeing his son so hopefully we hear from him.’

'He's missed our baby's scan': EastEnders actor Max's heavily pregnant ex has claimed she has not seen the actor for almost two months

‘He’s missed our baby’s scan’: EastEnders actor Max’s heavily pregnant ex has claimed she has not seen the actor for almost two months

A friend of Max’s told The Sun: ‘Max is saddened to hear Roisin make these claims as he has made it very clear that he will always be there for his son. 

‘But for the sake of his child’s privacy, he is not prepared to discuss these matters publicly and wants to do things the right way.’ 

Speaking about the scan, she told the publication that she and Max were not on speaking terms and claimed she was left feeling vulnerable when he didn’t attend the hospital with her.

She also said she spent the morning of her gender reveal party, which was thrown by friends to lift her spirits, in tears. 

The expectant mother also said she found antennal classes difficult without a partner by her side as she claimed Max was not in attendance.

Sad: She said: Before adding: 'The door is open and I would never stop him seeing his son so hopefully we hear from him (pictured together earlier this year)

Sad: She said: Before adding: ‘The door is open and I would never stop him seeing his son so hopefully we hear from him (pictured together earlier this year)

Speaking about their former romance, Roisin said they had spoken about children early on and were delighted when they discovered she was pregnant.  

She said they had shared the news with their families, attended the first scan together, and said that they began to plan their future.  

But after being diagnosed with depression and anxiety, Roisin claimed her hormones contributed to arguments and eventually their split.

Max, who plays Ben Mitchell on EastEnders, and Roisin confirmed their romance last October – five months after they started dating. During their romance, the pair remained largely out of the limelight.

Romance: The soap actor, 27, split from the insurance executive, 37, earlier this year before reportedly going on to date co-star Shona McGarty, 30 Pictured on set in 2019)

Romance: The soap actor, 27, split from the insurance executive, 37, earlier this year before reportedly going on to date co-star Shona McGarty, 30 Pictured on set in 2019)

The mother-to-be was reportedly left ‘heartbroken’ when photos of the actor leaving co-star Shona’s house surfaced soon after their split. 

It comes after sources claimed Shona and Max have looked ‘very cosy’ on set recently but it was said they are not ‘officially dating’.

In photos obtained by The Sun, Max was seen leaving the property in Hertfordshire as sources claim the pair ‘have grown closer’.

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.

Olive branch: 'The door is open and I would never stop him seeing his son so hopefully we hear from him.'

Olive branch: ‘The door is open and I would never stop him seeing his son so hopefully we hear from him.’

***
Read more at DailyMail.co.uk