They’ve never been the friendliest of exes, with relations between them becoming increasingly heated since they split in 2009.
But tensions between Ryan Thomas and Tina O’Brien reached boiling point last week, after he reportedly accused her of smashing his car with a baseball bat.
The drama allegedly ensued in the early hours of Sunday morning, when the former couple – who share one daughter, Scarlett, 13 – reportedly clashed in the street.
An insider said, “Tina, who was at a pal’s house party, came out into the street to meet [Ryan] as he drove up. Soon after that, his car was damaged with the baseball bat. It was quite a disturbing incident and Ryan drove away as soon as he could. They’ve not spoken since and Ryan is furious.”
It was later reported that the paintwork on Ryan’s Range Rover had been scratched and that the wing mirror had been “smashed off”.
Now, we’re told, the alleged incident hasn’t just damaged Tina and Ryan’s already wobbly relationship, it’s also caused major ripple effects for their families.
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Apparently, Ryan’s fiancée Lucy Mecklenburgh, 30, who’s mum to his two-year-old son Roman and is also expecting their second child later this spring, is unsurprisingly concerned about the rising tension in the family – especially given the fact she has a newborn on the way.
“This has been a long time coming,” says a source close to Ryan, 37, and Lucy, who put on happy faces last week to celebrate Roman’s second birthday with Scarlett in tow, at the same time as reports broke over Tina, 38, and Ryan’s alleged bust-up.
“Tensions have been bubbling for a while and Ryan has tried to keep Lucy out of it up until now, but Lucy isn’t having it any more.”
Former Coronation Street co-stars Tina and Ryan began dating in 2003, but bitterly split six years later, with Tina saying at the time, “He said he didn’t love me any more. Those were his words. I was devastated.”
While Ryan’s since moved on with Lucy, Tina also found love with husband Adam Crofts, with whom she shares seven-year-old son Beau. Still, despite sharing daughter Scarlett – who will soon be making her own TV debut on the BBC’s Waterloo Road alongside her uncle Adam Thomas – Ryan and Tina have struggled to maintain an amicable co- parenting relationship.
Tina herself has spoken in the past about the challenges they’ve faced, claiming she often “bites [her] tongue” for the sake of a peaceful co-existence.
“It’s taken a lot of years and a lot of biting my tongue,” the actress previously said in an interview.
“It helps that everyone has moved on and is in a happy place, and we are happy, so there aren’t any issues.
"For the sake of Scarlett, it has been well worth preserving [mine and Ryan’s relationship] and choosing our battles.”
But, according to reports, last week’s alleged fracas might have been one “battle” they couldn’t avoid, with insiders saying it’s forced all parties involved – who, as heat went to press, had been contacted for comment but hadn’t responded – to face their issues and resolve them once and for all.
“Lucy feels things have got so out of hand because Ryan would rather everyone tries to carry on as normal and sweep things under the rug,” we’re told.
“But it’s clear they have very real issues that need to be sorted out..”
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