Steps star Ian ‘H’ Watkins ‘splits from new boyfriend Tom Hope’ over ‘commitment issues’

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Ian ‘H’ Watkins has reportedly split from his boyfriend Tom Hope after a few months of dating.

The Steps singer is said to have called time on his romance after H admitted he was struggling to juggle his relationship with work commitments and family life.

An insider told The Sun Online: “H and Tom had been getting along brilliantly but as time passed, H said he didn’t feel he could commit.

“They’re remaining friends and there is no bad blood between them.

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“H and Tom made a lovely couple and their friends are supporting them as they move on.

“H has his hands full with his twins and his work. They wish each other well.”

OK! online has contacted representatives for Ian for comment.

Dancing on Ice star H is said to have kept his romance with music tour manager Tom low key.

The pair only confirmed their relationship in November as Ian told Mirror at the time: “All I'll say is that I'm very happy and I'm in a lovely happy bubble.”

But, it was reported H and Tom began dating earlier last year after being introduced by mutual friends.

H’s brief romance with Tom is understood to be the first since his split from his partner of ten years Craig Ryder in 2017.

The year before, Ian and Craig had welcomed their twin sons, Macsen and Cybi together.

Last year, H made history as he became part of Dancing on Ice’s first same-sex coupling with Matt Evers.

Ian and Matt’s routines received wide praise from Dancing on Ice viewers, but 16 fans took to Ofcom to complain about the same-sex pairing following his first performance, which he said was like a dagger to the heart.

Speaking to HuffPost UK he said: “The reaction was incredible – a lot of the comments were overwhelmingly supportive, but when people call you hideous names and say things like ‘it’s not natural’ or ‘you’re a f****t’, all of those awful names, for me, they’re a dagger in my heart.”

He added: “I think the world has progressed and changed so much, but those kinds of people still exist and will come into contact with my children.

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“And those bigots will breed more bigots and we’re bigger and better than that now, as a society. It’s changed so much, but there’s still a small minority that breeds negativity and it’s hideous.”

But, the Tragedy hit-singer said the complaints are still difficult to hear about, despite their volume.

He said: “It hurts, because 16 people were offended so much by two guys dancing on ice together – it’s not like we were ripping each other’s clothes off and snogging. It’s crazy!

“I thought what we did was very tasteful, it was strong, it was dynamic.”

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