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Ryan Thomas says travelling to see daughter Scarlett in Manchester ‘puts strain on’ relationship with Lucy Mecklenburgh

RYAN Thomas has admitted travelling to Manchester to see his daughter Scarlett has put strain on his relationship with Lucy Mecklenburgh.

The former Corrie star and fiancé Lucy live in Essex with their 11-month-old son called Roman, while Scarlett is based in Manchester with her mum Tina O'Brien.

Ryan, 36, recently bought a new family home in the North West city and admitted he'd love to live in Manchester full time.

Speaking on his Mancs on the Mic podcast with brothers Scott and Adam, he explained: "I know I’ve got Scarlett [who] I have to keep going back and forward for… That puts a strain on our relationship because I’m not with her [Lucy] because I’ve gotta get back for Scarlett.

"There is that trying to find a mix of making both work and working out where you’re going to end.

"I think eventually I’d like to be in Manchester with both my kids, but at the moment it’s having that help at hand in London it’s just easier, but I think eventually I would love to be back where I started with all my brothers and all our kids.

"I think that’s what’ll happen eventually but we’re just taking it a day at a time. I think that’s what you’ve got to do with this family life."

Lucy recently gave fans a glimpse inside the new family home Ryan bought for her without her even seeing it.

The fitness enthusiast called her fiancé a brave man after he purchased the house on their behalf.

She wrote: "New house, new project, new memories to be made 💛🏡 @ryanthomas84 bought our new Manchester home without me viewing it 🤦🏽‍♀️ he is a very brave man hahahah!!!

"I’ll be posting the full renovation process on @lucymeckinteriors 🙌💛."

The couple explored the new pad today along with Ryan's daughter Scarlett.

And while it needs a lot of TLC, Lucy was thrilled with the project in front of them.

The spacious home has a huge basement with lots of potential, while the rooms are effectively blank canvases for their creative juices to flow.

Large bedrooms come complete with built-in wardrobes and chandeliers, while both the bathroom and kitchen are light and airy.

The couple already have a few little home touches including a framed "new home, new adventures' message and a 'home sweet home' front door mat.

Lucy shared some of her plans, writing: "We are planning to start by ripping out all the built in wardrobes...

"New carpets and painting, But living in it like that before we decide on any big changes like extensions, loft conversions, new kitchen, knocking through walls etc.

"I think it's helpful to live in the house to get a feel for it & then make a plan of action!

"I didn't with mine and not having a utility room is my biggest regret."

The buy is a bold move as the pair spent £100,000 doing up their current house.

The Essex "mini mansion" boasts a marble bathroom, modern extended kitchen and a room for her designer shoe collection.

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