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Rebecca Adlington chats about meeting her partner on a dating app after just two weeks of swiping

They met on Bumble three years ago and have been loved up ever since. 

And Rebecca Adlington, 32, chatted on Thursday’s episode of Loose Women about meeting her boyfriend Andrew Parsons, 30, after just two weeks on the dating app. 

The pro swimmer told the hosts: ‘We met up and went out on a date and the rest is history. And now we’re sat here with a baby!’  

Fate: Rebecca Adlington, 32, chatted on Thursday’s episode of Loose Women about meeting her boyfriend Andrew Parsons, 30, on a dating app after just two weeks of swiping 

The Olympian looked gorgeous as she cradled her baby boy Albie – who was born four months ago in March – in her arms. 

Rebecca looked summer ready in a blue floral print dress and accentuated her features with natural makeup as she cradled her child.  

Of her romance with Andrew, she said: ‘I was like oh god I don’t want to do online dating I was just terrified by all my friends stories.

‘And I just got to the point where I thought that’s how you meet people nowadays it’s very rare that you just bump into somebody and meet them.

Meant to be: The pro swimmer told the hosts: 'We met up and went out on a date and the rest is history. And now we’re sat here with a baby!'

Meant to be: The pro swimmer told the hosts: ‘We met up and went out on a date and the rest is history. And now we’re sat here with a baby!’

‘So, I was like “oh I’ll give it a try to see how it goes” and literally I was on the app two weeks, matched Andy my partner and just hit it off.’ 

‘I gave it another two weeks of chatting and then we met up and went out on a date and the rest is history and now we’re sat here with a baby!’

The pro swimmer wore her signature long blonde tresses loose in a side parting and let them cascade round her shoulders as she chatted about her boyfriend. 

The sweet anecdote was met with coos of appreciation as the show’s panelists Brenda Edwards, Nadia Sawalha, Charlene White, Linda Robson lapped up the tale. 

Crowd pleaser: The sweet anecdote was met with coos of appreciation as the show's panelists Brenda Edwards, Nadia Sawalha, Charlene White, Linda Robson lapped up the tale

Crowd pleaser: The sweet anecdote was met with coos of appreciation as the show’s panelists Brenda Edwards, Nadia Sawalha, Charlene White, Linda Robson lapped up the tale

Rebecca also spoke about the realities of her blended family on the chat show. 

The pro athlete welcomed her five-year-old daughter Summer in 2015 with her ex husband and fellow pro swimmer Harry Needs, 27. 

They then split after 18 months of marriage and she subsequently welcomed baby Albie with her new partner Andrew in March. 

Speaking of the co-parenting arrangement, she said: ‘I’m not going to pretend it’s an easy process its really not. 

‘But we all get along and communicate well. When your common goal is your kids, it works.’ 

Family: Rebecca, who shares her daughter Summer, 5, with her ex and new arrival Albie with Andrew, also spoke about the realities of her blended family on the chat show

Family: Rebecca, who shares her daughter Summer, 5, with her ex and new arrival Albie with Andrew, also spoke about the realities of her blended family on the chat show

It comes after Rebecca revealed last month that she feels ‘self-conscious’ at the swimming pool and will ‘always keep a towel’ wrapped around her.

The pro swimmer, who won two gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics, said that she wants people to know she has ‘stretch marks and cellulite’ and the benefits of getting in the pool outweigh worrying about how she looks.

Speaking on the Wellness That Works podcast by WW (Weight Watchers reimagined), Rebecca also detailed how she’s in no rush to get fit after giving birth to her second child, son Albie, in March 2021.

Candid: It comes after professional swimmer Rebecca revealed last month that she feels 'self-conscious' at the swimming pool (pictured with Summer, five, and baby Albie)

Candid: It comes after professional swimmer Rebecca revealed last month that she feels ‘self-conscious’ at the swimming pool (pictured with Summer, five, and baby Albie)

Speaking about how swimming can be ‘easier on the body’ than other sports such as running, Rebecca said that she’s been getting back in the pool after having her son.

She said: ‘That’s what I found and because obviously I’ve just given birth. My body is not in a good shape or anything at the minute, and I’m still in my maternity costume.

‘Just because I need it, it’s just one of those that I feel more comfortable.

‘I’m quite self-conscious walking poolside, I’ll always keep a towel around me and then I just take the towel off and put it on the side.’

Athlete: The swimmer, 32, won two gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics (pictured in Beijing), and said she's taking it easy when it comes to exercise after having her second child

Athlete: The swimmer, 32, won two gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics (pictured in Beijing), and said she’s taking it easy when it comes to exercise after having her second child

Further praising swimming, she added: ‘I think it’s one of those that I know that it’s better on my body. I feel like I went out for a run, I probably feel like I’m I pee myself. 

‘I feel like it’s going to ease me back in my stomach and hips can deal with swimming whereas other things I can’t yet, so yeah, going to take my time with that one.’

Rebecca added that she wants others who might be feeling doubtful about getting into their costumes and swimming because they’re self-conscious to know even she worries and that nobody is actually paying attention at the pool. 

She continued: ‘I want people to know, I have stretch marks, I have cellulite.

‘I am not to size eight at all, I’m a size 14 at the minute and I don’t like putting a costume on the best of times.’ 

‘But you realise when you go swimming that the rewards outweigh all the rest.

‘You feel better, you feel more energised. For me it’s like meditation. To leave my phone in the locker for 30 minutes. You just get to be with your thoughts.

‘You may be conscious about your own body but a lot of other people will also be thinking exactly the same, everyone’s focused on themselves.’

'The rewards outweigh all the rest': Rebecca praised swimming for being like 'meditation' and making you feel 'energised' (pictured in February 2020)

‘The rewards outweigh all the rest’: Rebecca praised swimming for being like ‘meditation’ and making you feel ‘energised’ (pictured in February 2020)

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