James Lock has clarified the status of his relationship with Megan Barton-Hanson after the pair seemed to confirm romance rumours.

The 34 year old and former Love Island star Megan, 27, have been spending a lot of time together in recent weeks, posting to social media from their various date nights.

They have even teased an upcoming trip to New York together, but The Only Way Is Essex star James has exclusively told OK! that the pair are still to make their relationship official.

Speaking at the VIP preview of Lakeside's Christmas Wonderland, James said: "I'm not with Megan. We're spending a lot of time together, we're just seeing how things go.

"We're not official at the minute, I know people jump to conclusions and try to push us but we're just enjoying each other's company."

He continued: "We're both in this industry, it's a very difficult industry to be in. There's all different pressures in this day and age in any sort of relationship, whether you're on TV or if you’re Joe Bloggs from down the road.

"We're just taking it slow. We've both been in relationships in the public eye which haven't ended the best so we don't want to put too much pressure on it and mess it up before it even gets started."


James' message echoes what Megan told OK! last month about their blossoming romance.

She told us: "We're just having fun, it's early days we're not putting pressure on anything.

"I don't believe in rushing into things just because society says society says a woman approaching 30s needs to settle down so it's just early days really, having fun, going out for nice dinners. We'll see what happens.

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"I'm so focused on my podcast and my career. For me, a relationship isn't my priority right now. It's lovely and I'm enjoying it, but I think James is on the same page, he's got loads going on."

Megan and James were first linked in late September, when they enjoyed a night out together at Amazonico restaurant in Mayfair, London.

The pair were seen laughing and hugging and one snapshot appeared to show the pair sharing a kiss.

An onlooker told The Sun: "Megan and James looked inseparable. You couldn’t have squeezed a cigarette paper between the two of them.

"They were clearly having a great time and seemed very taken with each other."

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