Friday, July 8, 2011

He's certainly got a type! Declan Donnelly leaves party with ex's best friend Charlotte Jackson - another Sky Sports girl

By Jody Thompson

Party people: Declan Donnelly was seen leaving the ITV Summer Party on Wednesday night with Sky Sports girl Charlotte Jackson

He dumped his last girlfriend Georgie Thompson because he apparently wasn't ready to settle down - but it hasn't stopped Declan Donnelly partying with her best friend.

The 35-year-old Britain's Got Talent and I'm A Celebrity host was seen smiling broadly as he left the ITV Summer Party in London yesterday with Charlotte Jackson who bears an uncanny resemblance to his former girlfriend.

She's not only his ex's closest pal, but a Sky Sports presenter too and blonde to boot.

Why so bashful? Charlotte seemed sheepish as she strode out of the Notting Hill bash a few steps ahead of Dec, as he walked behind with former EastEnders star Brook Kinsella

Charlotte meanwhile looked like the cat who'd got the cream as she left the posh do in Notting Hill in a pretty yellow summer dress with beige peep toes to get into a car with Dec, along with Paddy McGuinness and former EastEnders star turned knife crime campaigner Brook Kinsella.

There has been no comment yet about the pair's relationship from Dec's spokesperson.

However, her body language at the very least indicates that they're good friends.

Hometime: Dec and Charlotte left in a car with Ant McPartlin and Paddy McGuinness

Charlotte joined Sky Sports as a presenter two years ago, where Georgie immediately took her under her wing.

Georgie, who has been at the station for 10 years, was left heartbroken when she was dumped by Dec in May.

She maintained a dignified silence on the split for two months, until she revealed last month that their two year relationship had ended because Dec didn't want to settle down, saying: 'It's been painful.'

'It was painful': Sky Sports presenter Georgie Thompson, seen here last month, was dumped by Dec in April

Speaking to the Mirror, she said: 'At the moment, the party line is that we’re really good friends and really support each other.

'But it’s been tough, it’s really tough. It’s a really hard thing to live out a painful break-up when you’re in the public eye. It hurts but we have to be grown-up.'

She also still appeared to harbour a hope that they might get back together at some point, saying: 'I don't know. Who knows?'

Happier times: Georgie and Declan looked every inch the perfect couple as they posed for pictures at the BAFTA TV Awards last summer

A few months before they broke-up, Georgie said things had been going great with her and Donnelly.

She gushed: 'We have so much in common. Things are going brilliantly. I come from a happy home, so I want marriage and kids. I want a football team worth of kids!'

But friends said he was reluctant to settle down and one added: 'Dec didn’t feel ready for marriage and babies.'

Household name: Donnelly poses with presenting partner Ant McPartlin as they launch their new TV show Red or Black


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