Kym Marsh has reunited with her soldier boyfriend Scott Ratcliff after spending seven months apart due to military service.
The former Coronation Street star, 43, shared a smitten snap with her Army Major beau, 31, on Thursday as the pair toasted Scott’s return with a glass of champagne on their first ‘date night’.
Kym captioned the snap: ‘Finally having a date night with my man! 7 months apart but it’s amazing to see how our relationship has grown despite the distance.
Together again: Kym Marsh has reunited with her soldier boyfriend Scott Ratcliff after spending seven months apart due to military service
‘In these difficult times make time for each other. Grab the dinner or a drink together. Love each other. Appreciate each other. Let’s all do these things and we will all emerge stronger.’
In the photo Kym looked glamorous in a star print dress with her raven and blonde locks styled in tousled waves.
Scott put on a dapper display in a three-piece navy suit as he embraced his love.
Sentiment: Kym shared a sweet caption as she celebrated being reunited with Scott
But that didn’t stop trolls from attacking Kym’s appearance and their age gap, but Scott wasn’t afraid to take over his love’s account to defend her.
One mean person wrote: ‘Please do something with your hair. It’s so dated.’
Scott playfully replied: ‘Hey Lou. I’m (Scott) sorry my hair offends you. I have to blend a military cut with modern styles. I think people like peaky blinders right now, so I tried to emulate that.
Missed: The pair’s reunion was a sweet moment after Scott’s return from his Afghanistan tour was delayed due to coronavirus
‘I feel like I’ve achieved smart and modern. I’m sorry I’ve upset you so much. I hate to add to the stress you must be experiencing in these difficult times. I can be selfish sometimes.
‘But hey, isn’t my Mrs seriously sexy? Her hair is amazing. Try to emulate it. X.’
A second troll wrote: ‘Is that your son?’
Scott replied: ‘Hey mucker. How’s it going? Scott here. How’s life for you right now? I know you’re not shacked up with Kym Marsh but I hope you’re not suffering too badly.
‘Just because you’re an a**e doesn’t mean you should suffer.’
What a man: Scott jumped in when a troll poked fun of Kym’s hair, writing she’s ‘seriously sexy’
Good one, Scott: He also had something to say when someone mocked their slight age gap
The pair’s reunion was a sweet moment after Scott’s return from his Afghanistan tour was delayed due to coronavirus. He made a short return to the UK in January.
Speaking earlier this week about their reunion, she said:’It’s been a long tour, it’s been seven months. We had a small get together for his R&R in the middle of it all.
‘This is his second tour of Afghanistan. It’s great to get him home, I just want to get him home. I tried to find out what he wanted to eat when he gets back but he’s said he’s on everything [laughs].’
‘I can only imagine how the wives and children of the other soldiers are dealing with it, I consider myself lucky. Scott was delayed due to [coronavirus].
Outspoken: Scott also had something to say when someone asked why they weren’t isolating separately as he said he had been isolating while in the army and had a negative COVID test
Hitting back: Kym also stepped in to say that Scott was more than justified in coming home to her and that they had taken the necessary precautions
‘I have really missed him. It’s hard as you look for your support and your partner is that, you just want a cuddle.’
Another person asked Kym: ‘Not isolating separarely then?’
Scott replied: ‘Absolutely not. Are you? (Scott) quarantined on a camp for 7 weeks before returning to the UK, then went through COVID screening before coming home. I’m clean. Where does your hatred and sadness come from?’
Another wrote: ‘There are old people living alone that can manage to stick to it.’
Kym replied: ‘No sorry, you’re wrong. He has been away with the army! So what do all the soldiers do when they have been away from their families? Stay away?
‘Don’t be ridiculous. They all go home. Scott is with us and will be staying with us. After isolating and on lockdown in Afghan and being tested before coming back.
‘The army have been given their orders and rules that apply to them. Please don’t begrudge soldiers that have been in deployment for over a year the chance to go home, or be bitter about fact that they can. That is all.’
Kym and Scott have been dating since July 2018, three months after she split from personal trainer Matt Baker.
Absence: Scott made a brief return to the UK back in January and enjoyed a date with Kym
Back in December 2018, Kym revealed she and Scott were facing six months apart as the soldier was due to return to Afghanistan for duty in the Parachute Regiment.
Despite the long-distance looming, the star was resolute in her belief that their relationship will survive the strain.
The pair found love after being introduced by mutual friend Antony Cotton.
Kym had split from Matt three months before sparking up a romance with Scott, after a two year romance.
Kym was first in a relationship with builder David Cunliffe before her rise to fame in 2001’s Popstars, and the couple had a son David and daughter Emilie, 23, during a five-year relationship.
After breaking onto the pop scene as a member of Hear’Say Kym married EastEnders star Jack Ryder, 36, in 2002, but they divorced in 2009 after she admitted having an affair with Hollyoaks star Jamie Lomas, 43.
Kym went onto marry Jamie in 2012, and the couple have a daughter Polly. The couple’s first child Archie, passed away shortly after his premature birth in 2009.
Just over a year after tying the knot, Kym filed for divorce from Jamie in 2013 citing ‘unreasonable behaviour’.
She is also a grandmother, with daughter Emilie welcoming baby son Teddy in May last year.
Family: Kymis mother to David, 25, Emilie, 23 and Polly, nine (pictured)