EastEnders’ Max Bowden and Shona McGarty ‘go Instagram official’ amid rumours

EastEnders stars Max Bowden and Shona McGarty have appeared to confirm their romance after months of speculation.

The Whitney Dean actress, 27, took to her official Instagram to share a series of snaps with the 30-year-old Ben Mitchell actor.

They appeared very close as they enjoyed some time together with pals at a festival over the weekend.

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It is the first time the pair have posed together in public since it was claimed they were a couple.

Earlier this year, The Sun claimed that they lovebirds were "inseparable" following his split from pregnant ex Roisin Buckle.

A source told the publication: "Max and Shona are mad for each other. They have been spending quality time together for a while now.

"Max and Shona’s friendship is more enthralling than an EastEnders plotline.

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

Daily Star has reached out to representatives for Max and Shona for a comment.

Max’s ex Roisin revealed last month that the pair were having a baby boy.

The soap star is said to have split from Roisin, an insurance executive, earlier this year but is reportedly "thrilled" to become a father.

Shona was previously engaged to electrician Ryan Harris, but their relationship ended in late 2019.

The actress revealed in 2021 that after spending over a year as a singleton, she planned on getting back into the dating game.

She told Fabulous magazine: "It’s been quite hard to date this year and I’ve actually never been on a proper date because I find it awkward. I prefer it when things are natural.

"Tinder is just not for me. What would I put on the profile? 'Likes ­eating Monster Munch in bed? Takes long baths?’ Forget swipe right, they’d delete the app. I have tried one dating app before, I can’t remember which one, but . . . no."

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Shona also had a sweet romance with EastEnders former co-star Matt Lapinskas, who played Anthony Moon in the BBC soap.

The pair were together for over 18 months from 2011 to 2013 before splitting after Matt left EastEnders.

Shona first appeared in Albert Square as Whitney Dean in 2008.

EastEnders airs Monday to Thursday on BBC One at 7.30pm

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