Ferne McCann’s secret admirer Mr C revealed as ‘millionaire businessman’

He’s worth HOW MUCH?

Ferne McCann

by Nathan Katnoria |
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Ferne McCann turned 30 in style earlier this year when she and some of her closest pals were flown out to Cannes on a private jet organised by a mysterious secret admirer known only as 'Mr C'.

Although the First Time Mum star’s undercover lover, who she described as her very own Christian Grey, had kept his identity under wraps, he’s now been unveiled as property developer Charlie Wilson.

The 29-year-old is reportedly worth a jaw-dropping £30 million and even appeared on this year’s Sunday Times Under 30s Rich List.

According to a source close to Charlie, he fancied Ferne for ages before taking the plunge and sliding into her DMs following her split from Albie Gibbs.

“He charmed her with lavish dates and gifts,” they told The Sun.

“But he isn’t keen on being in the public eye so he didn’t want to be part of her show.

“He’s very generous but quite shy so found the idea of fame overwhelming.”

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Ferne previously gushed over the millionaire on her ITVBe show, telling viewers, “Holy smackeroonies, Mr C has saved the day, who is this guy?

“Where's he come from? Has he just stepped out of a novel? I'm really excited."

In another episode, the former TOWIE star revealed she’d told Charlie he didn’t need to impress her with gifts.

She said, “I said to him, ‘Please, no more surprises or anything like that. Just a nice classic date!’”

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Sadly though, Ferne and Charlie are thought to have parted ways last month as she admitted she’s still looking for The One.

She told heat, “Yes, I’m back on the market! It’s funny, when we started filming again, it just wasn’t on the top of my priority list. I honestly haven’t got the time, so it has to be someone really special.

“I was just focusing on being a mum, returning to work, fully concentrating on my new fitness platform. But the universe seemed to have other plans! So, sometimes you just need to surrender and say, ‘OK, I will go on a date with this guy.’”

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