Jennifer Metcalfes life off screen including Christmas split and miracle baby

Hollyoaks actress Jennifer Metcalfe has lit up screens in her role as Mercedes McQueen since 2008.

The 38-year-old's long run has established her as a much loved soap legend and one of the most familiar faces in the village.

Having been involved in some of the show's most dramatic storylines, viewers might be surprised to hear that Jennifer's own life has been equally action packed.

From shock splits to becoming a single Mum following a traumatic birth, let's take a look at Jennifer's life off screen…

Jennifer is a proud mum to one son named Daye who she shares with her ex, Geordie Shore star Greg Lake.

Jennifer and Greg split in 2020 after eight years together.

Prior to this in 2011, Jennifer landed a spot on Dancing on Ice where things became romantic with her partner, Sylvian Longchambon.

The pair were together for a year before Sylvian called off the relationship over the phone on Christmas Day.

He reportedly told Jennifer that he had feelings for Coronation Street star, Samia Ghadie, who he also met through Dancing on Ice.

Jennifer previously told The Sun: "He told me on the phone that Samia and himself had a conversation about their feelings for each other."

The TV star added: "It's like death. I felt gutted. It was the worst Christmas ever."

In 2017, Jennifer welcomed her son Daye following a particularly traumatic birth.

The actress told Lorraine: "When he came out, his cord was in a knot and it was in quite a tight knot as well.

"Basically, they said it happens in one in a hundred babies and it doesn't end very nice. It can end in stillbirth.

"It was quite a tight knot as well because it stops the oxygen and the food flow and everything getting to him but our little man defied the odds and here he is."

Despite spiltting in 2020, Jennifer and Greg Lake remain friends as coparents to five year old Daye.

The star made headlines for her love life again recently, following her split with former professional footballer Chris Eagles.

A source told The Sun following the break-up: "Jen and Chris haven't had the easiest of romances and now it's all off again.

"They've had a few rows recently and Jen has had enough."

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