Michelle Keegan: Max George? I'm not the only girl who has ever had a break-up
Coronation Street's Michelle Keegan has opened up about her very public break-up with The Wanted's Max George.
The former couple, who got engaged on Michelle's birthday in 2011, confirmed their split on 21 July, and Michelle, 25, is more than ready to move on.
'Obviously, it was a very sad time for us as we were together for 19 months,' says Michelle.
'But I've got to think of it as, "I'm not the only girl who has ever had a break-up".
'The worst part for me was having the whole thing played out so publicly.
'I've been in relationships before and breaking up is always hard, but to have people talk and write about us, I found that especially difficult.
'I'm usually laid back but I'm still human, so I do get upset when I read inaccurate stories or nasty comments.
'In the end, I had to simply ignore the gossip and throw myself into work.'
Michelle also had the support of family and friends to help her get over Max, 24.
'I was really busy with some amazing storylines and my friends were amazing,' the actress tells Hello! magazine.
'I've had the same set of friends since primary school - we are very close.
'They helped me take my mind off things.
'But eventually you have to just let things go and get on with life.
'I'm in a much better place now.'