Hannah Waddingham ‘enjoyed a secret romance with musical theatre star Alfie Boe after he snuck backstage to meet her at Eurovision’
Hannah Waddingham reportedly enjoyed a secret romance with musical tenor Alfie Boe earlier this summer.
The pair were together back in May when the Ted Lasso star hosted the Eurovision Song Contest, but it seemingly wasn’t meant to be and the pair have now called time on their relationship.
A source revealed to The Sun that those close to Hannah, 49, managed to ‘sneak Alfie in backstage’ during Eurovision to keep the relationship under wraps.
The pair have moved in similar circles for years but have always been dating other people.
Yet at the end of last year they began dating and enjoyed a couple of dinners at places like Scott’s in Richmond.
Love is in the air: Hannah Waddingham, 49, reportedly enjoyed a secret romance with musical theatre star Alfie Boe, 50, as he ‘snuck backstage’ to meet her during Eurovision
Sneaky: At the end of last year the pair began dating and enjoyed a couple of dinners at places like Scott’s in Richmond
The source said: ‘With Hannah’s career massively in the ascendancy, she was keen to let her work, not personal life, do the talking so they deliberately kept things quiet.
‘It was especially hard to keep things under wraps during the madness of Eurovision when all the spotlight was on her.
‘But they managed to sneak Alfie in backstage and kept things low-key. Things have fizzled out but they remain on friendly terms.’
MailOnline has contacted both Hannah and Alfie’s representatives for comment.
Three years ago the pair performed on screen together in a West End video collaboration of Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again and have been pictured at the same events over the years.
While Hannah keeps her personal life incredibly private, her most significant recent relationship appears to have been with hotelier Gianluca Cugnetto.
The couple share daughter, Kitty, eight, together.
The pair are thought to have started dating in 2012 after the actress met the Italian hotelier through a mutual friend.
Ex: It is not clear when Hannah parted ways with the father of her child hotelier Gianluca Cugnetto, but the pair seemed to be together from 2012 to 2022
Romance rumours: The star appears to be staying single but posted a gushing tribute to her close friend Nick Todisco back in May, calling him ‘my beautiful (and I mean crrraaaazy beautiful, inside and out) devoted champion, protector and partner in crime’
Split: Alfie was previously married to his ex-wife Sarah. The pair split in August 2020 after 16 years of marriage and it was reported that Alfie was allegedly looking for women on celebrity dating app Raya
Love interest: The opera singer was spotted on an evening out with with Liv Knight-Butler (pictured) at a west London restaurant in a series of pictures obtained by the Sun in September 2020
They started dating officially shortly after and welcomed Kitty in 2016 after years of fertility issues.
Their last red carpet appearance was at The Olivier Awards in London in April 2022, and while Hannah has never spoken out about the break up, in 2023 she referred to herself as a single mother in an interview with People.
‘My primary function is being a single mama,’ the star said.
Back in May it was believed that the star was staying very much single but she sparked rumours when she posted a gushing tribute to her close friend Nick Todisco on social media, calling him ‘my beautiful (and I mean crrraaaazy beautiful, inside and out) devoted champion, protector and partner in crime.’
Meanwhile Les Misérables star Alfie, 50, was previously married to his ex-wife Sarah with whom he shares children, Grace, 15, and Alfred, 11.
In August 2020 the pair split after 16 years of marriage and it was reported that Alfie was allegedly looking for women on celebrity dating app Raya.
The star told friends his marriage was over after months of difficulties during lockdown.
It was also reported in 2020 that the West End star started exchanging messages with a woman, who was said to be a broadcaster 16 years his junior, from December 2018 for five months, until his performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall in April 2019.
A source told the Sun at the time: ‘She was sat in the friends and family section, and when Alfie said he was dedicating The Way You Look Tonight to ‘someone special’ she nudged her pal thinking he meant her.
‘When he paid tribute to Sarah — after claiming for months that he wasn’t happy — and then blocked her that same night, it made her feel worthless.’
In September 2020 he was reportedly dating a fashion blogger 21-years his Liv Knight-Butler.
Amicable: The Les Misérables star married Sarah in 2004 and they share two children, Grace, 12, and Alfred, eight
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