TOWIE star Lucy vows to stay faithful to boyfriend, Strictly champion Louis Smith

Lucy Mecklenburgh said she would 'never cheat' on new love Louis Smith after sharing 'the best first date' ever.

The reality TV star, who shot to fame on The Only Way Is Essex, and the Olympic gymnast who won Strictly Come Dancing in 2012 have been dating for three months.

Lucy, whose rocky relationship with Mario Falcone was featured in Towie, told Hello! Magazine she would never betray Louis.

She said: "I've experienced what it feels like (to have an unfaithful partner) so I would never cheat.

"I trust Louis completely and I don't think I've ever felt that way before. His mum even said to me on New Year's Eve, 'Louis would never cheat on you. He would never hurt you'."

Louis said he had 'tried to sweep her off her feet', saying: "We've only been seeing each other for three months, but it feels so easy, as if we've known each other for ages."

The athlete cooked spaghetti and meatballs on their first date before Christmas, impressing Lucy, who said: "It was probably the best first date I've ever had."

Louis says his mother, Elaine, 'definitely approves of her.

He said: "One of things I really like about Lucy is that she is close to her family, too. She has good family morals and has been brought up well."

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.