Hollyoaks star Nikki Sanderson splits from boyfriend Greg Whitehurst after five years during lockdown

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Nikki Sanderson has split from her boyfriend of five years Greg Whitehurst.

The 36 year old, who previously revealed the shocking trolling of her on-screen daughter, had previously boasted about her relationship and said they were enjoying living together amid the coronavirus pandemic.

However, it seems the lockdown took a toll on them and the Hollyoaks actress has now revealed that she and Greg will simply "remain friends".

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She told The Sun: "Sadly Greg and I have decided to separate. We remain friends and wish the best for each other in the future."

Nikki, who plays Maxine Minniver on the popular Channel4 soap opera, and Greg began dating in 2015, only 10 months after he was married.

The TV star had gone to the wedding but the marriage quickly failed.

In April this year, Nikki had opened up about her relationship with Greg, explaining that they were "happier than ever".

The actress, who is also known for playing Candice Stowe in Coronation Street, said: "We’ve been doing workouts together in the back ­garden. We’re happier than ever.

"We drive each other bonkers but in the best way. We’re happy.

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“People always ask, ‘Are you going to have babies? When are you going to get married?’ Obviously we’d like all that one day but we’re just happy doing us right now.”

One of Nikki's last posts about her ex on Instagram was a gushing tribute to him on his birthday on 3 February.

She shared a snap of herself wearing a gorgeous red dress and sipping on what appears to be Champagne while her other half could be seen pouting his lips and doing the peace sign for the camera.

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The soap star, who previously revealed her hair was set on fire by vicious trolls when she joined Corrie, captioned it: "So today is February 3rd…. it also happens to be @noisyboy03 birthday," alongside a celebration emoji.

She continued: "Happy Birthday Hairy One, can’t wait to take lots more serious photos with you to celebrate".

And a previous post to this, shared in December 2019, showed the couple looking loved-up on the beach, which was captioned: "Love is compromise".

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