It’s claimed that Jennifer Metcalfe cut short her holiday with footballer Chris Eagles after a jealous row (Image: Getty)

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Jennifer Metcalfe returned home from holiday early after a huge bust-up with her footballer boyfriend.

The Hollyoaks star, 37, has been dating Chris Eagles, 35, since last year, and the couple jetted to Portugal for a sunshine break once Covid restrictions had lifted.

But their romantic time away came to an abrupt end after a huge row between the the Mercedes McQueen actress and club-less sportsman during a night out.

A source told The Sun : “They were at a bar and it got very heated after one of them got a bit jealous.

“Jen told pals it was quite bad and she booked a flight as she thought it was over. Since they got back to the UK, feelings have cooled down a bit and they are trying to rebuild their relationship.”

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Jennifer Metcalfe has been dating Chris Eagles since December 2020
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The couple had been seen partying in the Algarve with other footballers and their partners, including Wayne Rooney.

Chris flew in alone to Liverpool’s John Lennon airport on June 6.

The spat is the latest drama for the couple, whose romantic ups-and-down wouldn't look out of place on the Channel 4 soap that made Jennifer a star.

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They were first linked in December 2020, just two months after Chris split from his fiancée and the mother of his two children, Danielle Mitchinson, 30. They had been together for eight years.

Jennifer had split from her longterm partner, ex-Geordie Shore star Greg Lake, four months before she moved on with Chris. Greg, 36, is dad of her son Daye, three.

Their budding romance came to light after it was revealed that they were in each other's "support bubble", but Chris' ex was apparently upset that her "new friend" had stolen her man, and her home.

Chris Eagles is a dad-of-two and currently between clubs
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The Sun reported that Chris was believed to have paid six months rent up front for Danielle and their children to move in to a three-bed apartment a mile away from his eight-bed home in Bowdon, Cheshire.

The paper also claimed that he gave her an allowance of £500 per month.

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"She was mates with Jen, but it has put a strain on their friendship.

A source said: “Danielle is absolutely devastated. Lockdown really highlighted that the relationship wasn’t working.

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“Danielle was with Chris for so long but just wants things to move forward. They still share custody of their kids.”

A pal of Danielle's also revealed that she believed Jen had "broken the girl code" by dating her ex – and it was on her advice that she had ended her relationship.

Jennifer and her ex-partner Greg Lake, who are parents to 3-year-old Daye
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The friend said Danielle confided to her: “Within a few months she went from being my new friend to being in my old house with my ex-fiance. It has definitely put me off trusting new people.”

The Mirror has approached Jennifer's rep for comment.