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Melanie Sykes completely owns her holiday romance in Venice: ‘Experiencing so much joy to care’

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Melanie Sykes was too busy enjoying her holiday romance to care about the critics (Picture: @melaniesykes)

Melanie Sykes found romance in one of the most romantic cities in the world – Venice – and frankly, she’s just too happy to care if the world knows about it. 

The 50-year-old TV presenter jetted off to Venice last week with a friend but got more than she bargained for after striking up a bond with gondolier Riccardo Simionato, 23. 

In photos obtained by the Mail Online, Melanie was seen draping her arm around Riccardo as they shared passionate kisses in the street. They were so enamoured with each other that they went on to spend the rest of the week together and were later pictured sharing laughs and embracing in Campo San Toma Square. 

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However, Melanie wasn’t bothered by their dalliance becoming public knowledge as she shared a photo of herself laughing during one of her encounters with Riccardo and told her Instagram followers: ‘Morning strumpets ❤️💫 I knew I was being stalked on my holiday but I managed to ignore it , partly because It’s just what happens but mostly because I was experiencing so much joy, it was difficult to actually care 💃🏼💫. 

‘May you also recognise, appreciate and take those happy moments in this crazy world ❤️ love Melanie x #livethatlife.’ 

Melanie received support from her celebrity pals, including former Sky Sports presenter Gaby Roslin who commented: ‘That smile says it all. Enjoy every moment.’ 

This Morning host Ruth Langsford said: ‘Love Venice….love you!’ 

Former EastEnders actress Laila Rouass weighed in: ‘This makes me happy.’ 

One of Melanie’s followers told the presenter: ‘It doesn’t matter what others think or say. You looked happy and having a great time. Life is to short to worry or care!’ 

Another agreed: ‘Take no notice, enjoy ya holiday, who cares if you had a snog with a handsome dude!’ 

Riccardo remained coy when asked about his romance with Melanie and told the Mail on Sunday: ‘I don’t remember. I meet a lot of people.’ 

Addressing the 27-year age gap between them, Riccardo added: ‘Beauty is relative. Maybe what in your eyes is beautiful, isn’t to me. 

‘Every person is different, nationality doesn’t matter. True, no?’ 

Melanie has been married twice before – first to actor Daniel Caltagirone from 2001 until their divorce was finalised in 2009, and then to Jack Cockings in 2013 but they split after less than a year of marriage. 

She shares two children, sons Roman, 18, and Valentino, 16, with first husband Daniel. 

In 2017, Melanie opened up about her dating life and why she typically goes for younger men these days, explaining: ‘Men of my age tend to have shut down in some way, or they’re not as confident. 

‘One of the reasons I think I end up with [younger men] is because they don’t seem to have a problem approaching me. They have a bit more about them and they’re more confident and I need someone with confidence.’ 

Metro.co.uk has contacted Melanie’s reps for comment. 

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