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Sheridan Smith 'used Alex Lawler as rebound fling' as she was 'grieving' engagement to Jamie Horn


‘She was still in love with him’: Sheridan Smith ‘used her ex boyfriend Alex Lawler as a four-month rebound fling’ since she was ‘grieving’ failed engagement to fiancé Jamie Horn


Sheridan Split allegedly broke off her four month relationship with boyfriend Alex Lawler due to lingering feelings for her ex-fiancé Jamie Horn.

The actress, 40, used the Mancunian actor as a ‘rebound fling’ since she will still ‘grieving’ her previous failed engagement, according to reports.

A friend of the star told Closer: ‘Sheridan was still very much in love with Jamie when she reunited with Alex and she was still grieving for the end of their relationship.

'She was still in love with him': Sheridan Smith 'used' her ex boyfriend Alex Lawler as a 'rebound fling' since she was 'grieving' failed engagement to fiancé Jamie Horn, according to reports

‘She was still in love with him’: Sheridan Smith ‘used’ her ex boyfriend Alex Lawler as a ‘rebound fling’ since she was ‘grieving’ failed engagement to fiancé Jamie Horn, according to reports

‘While she initially tried to pretend she was OK, it became very clear it was more of a rebound fling and that things weren’t going to work out as she’d hoped.’

Sheridan’s representative has been contacted for comment by MailOnline. 

It follows reports that Sheridan’s friends said that it was her who broke off the relationship with Alex, but that it had been an amicable breakup.

The couple had first dated more than two decades ago, before reuniting last September to rekindle their romance. Sheridan since deleted any trace of the Mancunian actor from her social media.

Wow! A friend said: 'Sheridan was still very much in love with Jamie (pictured in 2019) when she reunited with Alex and she was still grieving for the end of their relationship'

Wow! A friend said: ‘Sheridan was still very much in love with Jamie (pictured in 2019) when she reunited with Alex and she was still grieving for the end of their relationship’

A source told The Sun: ‘Sheridan and Alex’s relationship ended a few weeks ago. There was no major drama and they both agreed their romance had run its course.

‘Sheridan was delighted when she rekindled her old flame with Alex and it was a wonderful reunion for them both.

‘But after a while it was clear that they would be better off as friends. She is single now and focusing on herself and her son.’

MailOnline contacted Sheridan’s representatives for comment at the time.

Happier times: It follows reports that Sheridan's friends said that it was her who broke off the relationship with Alex, but that it had been an amicable breakup (pictured with Alex in November 2021)

Happier times: It follows reports that Sheridan’s friends said that it was her who broke off the relationship with Alex, but that it had been an amicable breakup (pictured with Alex in November 2021)

Sheridan first hinted at a romance with Alex in September, sharing a photo of herself alongside the actor, she wrote: ‘So pleased this fitty I dated back in the day (20 years ago) is back in my life! Life works in mysterious ways…miss u Mr L.’

Sheridan also shared a brooding older head shot of Alex, with her posts prompting a wave of positive comments from fans.  

The celebrated British star was newly-single, having ended her engagement to Jamie Horn – who she met via dating app Tinder – in July following a three year relationship. 

Sheridan confirmed her split from long-term partner Jamie little more than a year after they welcomed their son Billy together, the couple’s only child. 

Both parties shared a statement addressing their break up to The Sun which read: ‘It is with great sadness that we have decided to have some time apart.’

‘We both remain completely committed to raising our beautiful boy Billy together. We ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time. Thank you.’

A source told OK! at the time: ‘Sheridan is struggling to get through the split. She put him out there for everyone to see and she really thought he was The One.’

Jamie proposed to Sheridan in May 2018 and the couple were living together in a rented property in North London.

He later appeared onscreen alongside her in a one-off documentary, titled Sheridan Smith: Becoming Mum, filmed for ITV. It was released in 2020 and followed her pregnancy as a first time parent. 

Loved up: Jamie (pictured in 2020) proposed to Sheridan in May 2018 and the couple were living together in a rented property in North London

Loved up: Jamie (pictured in 2020) proposed to Sheridan in May 2018 and the couple were living together in a rented property in North London

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