Max Bowden, who plays Ben Mitchell on the BBC soap, appears to be addressing new dating rumours
The pair have reportedly been dating for months, having become closer following Max’s split from his ex-girlfriend Roisin Buckle, but they haven’t specifically confirmed their relationship.
Rumors began after Max, who plays Ben Mitchell on the BBC soap, was spotted leaving Shona’s home in Welwyn Garden City in June.
Shona plays alongside Max Whitney Dean and took to Instagram on Saturday (13 August) to post photos and videos from her day at the House & Classic festival in Hertfordshire – the first time they’ve had pictures together.
Among the pictures was a “cosy” photo of Max with his arm around Shona’s shoulder while she pouted. The EastEnders castmates also have a video of them dancing together.
The social media post comes as Max’s pregnant ex-girlfriend Roisin Buckle nears her due date and claims he hasn’t spoken to her or appeared on her podcast for her last scan in six weeks.
Insurance executive Roisin spoke on “One Mum and A Baby” about plans for her upcoming pregnancy and the concept that Max will be a part of the baby’s life after their split.
She said: “At the time I was everywhere, crying and couldn’t look at a future without him by my side.
“There was hope that we could become parents together, but I haven’t heard from him for about six weeks now, so I’m really not sure where that says.
“The door is open and I would never stop him from seeing his son, so hopefully we’ll hear from him.”
Max and Roisin began dating in May 2020 before announcing their relationship five months later while largely keeping their romance out of the spotlight.
A year later, Max and Roisin announced they were expecting their first child before taking a break.
While Max and Shona haven’t officially announced their relationship, this is the first time they’ve taken pictures together and a source has opened up about it Email online that they have “grown together”.
Said: “[Max and Shona] spend as much time together as possible. Most evenings or mornings, Max is seen entering and exiting Shona’s house.
“They have tried to keep their relationship a secret and they go on the EastEnders set separately, but anyone who sees them together can see how they feel about each other.”
As rumors swirled around the internet and Roisin’s due date loomed, Max took to Instagram on Aug. 15 to say, “One day I will comment on everything that has been written over the last few months. Not now, but one day.”
When pictures emerged of Max leaving Shona’s house in June, Roisin felt “humiliated” as sources claimed she felt like she was on a soap opera.
A source tells The sun: “It’s been horrible for Roisin…she’s expecting a baby and despite being a strong woman, she feels very disappointed.
“She never expected Max to move on so quickly. She believed they were taking a break and taking time out of their relationship to sort out their differences.”