JESSIE WALLACE: 'I'M HAPPY TO BE A SINGLE MUM NOW' after Two Fiery Years Together, EastEnders Star Jessie Wallace, 33, Says This Time It's Really over for Her and Ex-fiancA Dave Morgan

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JESSIE WALLACE: 'I'M HAPPY TO BE A SINGLE MUM NOW' after Two Fiery Years Together, EastEnders Star Jessie Wallace, 33, Says This Time It's Really over for Her and Ex-fiancA Dave Morgan


Byline: Words: Deirdre O'Brien

As romances go, it was never exactly a fairy tale. EastEnders star Jessie Wallace met former policeman Dave Morgan when he escorted her to court to face a drink-driving charge. Now, two turbulent years later, it seems their rocky on-off relationship is off for good.

'This time it's final - there's no going back,' insists Jessie.

The couple have split before, but always reunited. But now it appears it really is over - despite the fact their daughter Tallulah Lilac is just seven months old.

Sources say the romance hit the buffers due to Dave allegedly trying to cash in on the EastEnders actress's fame. Pals claim Dave, 29, was secretly making extra money by tipping off paparazzi photographers as to where the couple were planning to go.

It's also rumoured he was about to sign a glossy magazine deal, earning him an estimated pounds 20,000, to talk about their relationship - without consulting Jessie.

A friend of the star says, 'This was the final straw. Jessie jealously guards her privacy. She's had suspicions about people close to her selling stories before, and told Dave she considered it a breach of confidence.'

It's an echo of July 2004, when a friend of Dave's, Winston Rollock, sold a story claiming Jessie had begged him for sex. Dave and Jessie split - despite the fact Jessie was heavily pregnant with Tallulah. However, they were reconciled in time for Tallulah's birth in November.

At the time, Jessie said, 'I've learned how much I love Dave, though at one point I wasn't sure I loved him at all.'

But all seemed back on course, and the pair went ahead with planning their wedding, which was due to take place later this year. However, in March, Dave was snapped sleeping in his car outside their Wanstead home in sub-zero temperatures after a bust-up. …

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