Maisie Smith, 21, holds hands with boyfriend Max George, 34, as they step out in Blackpool

Maisie Smith held hands with boyfriend Max George as they stepped out in Blackpool on Tuesday after hitting back at ‘concern’ over their 13-year age gap.

The former EastEnders actress, 21, looked more loved-up than ever as she coordinated with her beau, 34, in matching black padded North Face gilets. 

The Strictly Come Dancing star wore an oversized grey hoodie beneath and kept warm in a pair of black tracksuit bottoms. 

Loved-up: Maisie Smith held hands with boyfriend Max George as they stepped out in Blackpool on Tuesday after hitting back at ‘concern’ over their 13-year age gap

The soap star slicked her long auburn tresses back in an up-do as she made her way around the seaside resort.

Maisie completed her look with a comfortable pair of brightly coloured trainers. 

Max rocked a dark sweatshirt with black trousers and a crisp white pair of trainers.

The Wanted singer kept warm beneath a neon orange winter hat as the pair chatted away ahead of Maisie’s Strictly Ballroom tour performance in Blackpool. 

Happy couple: The former EastEnders actress, 21, looked more loved-up than ever as she coordinated with her beau, 34, in matching black padded North Face gilets

Happy couple: The former EastEnders actress, 21, looked more loved-up than ever as she coordinated with her beau, 34, in matching black padded North Face gilets 

Off-duty beauty: The Strictly Come Dancing star wore an oversized grey hoodie beneath and kept warm in a pair of black tracksuit bottoms

Off-duty beauty: The Strictly Come Dancing star wore an oversized grey hoodie beneath and kept warm in a pair of black tracksuit bottoms 

It comes after the couple hit back at ‘concern’ over their 13-year age gap in their first joint interview as a couple.

The former soap actress would have been just nine when the The Wanted singer shot to fame and released his first single in 2010. 

Max and Maisie addressed their controversial age gap, with the musician insisting ‘it never enters my mind’ and that he ‘looks up to’ Maisie, despite her being his junior. 

The pair went official with their relationship in August and moved in together just weeks after meeting on the Strictly Come Dancing live arena tour. 

Casual: The soap star slicked her long auburn tresses back in an up-do as she made her way around the seaside resort

Casual: The soap star slicked her long auburn tresses back in an up-do as she made her way around the seaside resort

Keeping warm: Max rocked a dark sweatshirt with black trousers and a crisp white pair of trainers

Keeping warm: Max rocked a dark sweatshirt with black trousers and a crisp white pair of trainers

Out and about: The Wanted star kept warm beneath a neon orange winter hat as the pair chatted away

Out and about: The Wanted star kept warm beneath a neon orange winter hat as the pair chatted away

Maisie addressed the backlash in this week’s issue of Hello! magazine, telling fans she has ‘never’ noticed the age difference due to the pair being so ‘like-minded’.

She said: ‘People ask me, “Do you notice it?” and I never have. We’re so like-minded. I’ve got friends in their 30s and 40s. You connect with who you connect with.’

Max added: ‘It never enters my mind. Maisie has already done so many things that I’m in awe of – I look up to her.’

Maisie described her romance with the boyband heartthrob as ‘every girl’s dream’.

Happier than ever: It comes after the couple hit back at 'concern' over their 13-year age gap in their first joint interview as a couple

Happier than ever: It comes after the couple hit back at ‘concern’ over their 13-year age gap in their first joint interview as a couple

She added: ‘When I get off a train, Max will be standing on the platform with a bouquet of flowers and I feel like I’m in a movie. It’s every girl’s dream and I’ve found it in Max.’

The couple also opened up about their path from friendship to romance, with sparks starting to fly when the Strictly cast and crew went on a group holiday to Portugal this summer.

Max said: ‘Towards the end of the holiday, I could feel I was looking at her differently. I thought, “What’s happening here?” I was pretty nervous to see if it was reciprocated.’

Going strong: . Max and Maisie addressed their contoversial age gap, with the musician insisting 'it never enters my mind' and that he 'looks up to' Maisie, despite her being his junior

Going strong: . Max and Maisie addressed their contoversial age gap, with the musician insisting ‘it never enters my mind’ and that he ‘looks up to’ Maisie, despite her being his junior

He described their first kiss as ‘mental’, while Maisie likened the passion to ‘fireworks’. 

It comes after Maisie recently revealed her beau Max was her ‘childhood crush’ after he shot to fame in The Wanted alongside Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Nathan Sykes and Tom Parker.

Taking part in a TikTok trend, Maisie was seen leaping into Max’s arms as she packed on the PDA with the singer.

Text flashed up on the screen asking: ‘You’re in a room with your boyfriend, your celebrity crush and your childhood crush… Who you running to?’

Loved-up: The pair went official with their relationship in August and moved in together just weeks after meeting on the Strictly Come Dancing live arena tour.

Loved-up: The pair went official with their relationship in August and moved in together just weeks after meeting on the Strictly Come Dancing live arena tour.

Maisie was then seen running across the room before she leapt on Max and straddled him while showering him with kisses. 

Earlier this month Max showed off his love for Maisie as he debuted a new tattoo of his girlfriend’s face on his arm.

He debuted the new inking on social media, which sees Maisie’s face interspersed with that of a lion.

The tattoo is a replica of a photo of Maisie while she was on Strictly Come Dancing.

It’s not the first time Max has got a tattoo of a partner; he previously had an inking of ex-girlfriend Stacey Giggs’ tattooed on his wrist.

He later got it covered up with a rose and lion following their breakup. 

Inking: Earlier this month, Max showed off his love for Maisie as he debuted a new tattoo of his girlfriend's face on his arm

Inking: Earlier this month, Max showed off his love for Maisie as he debuted a new tattoo of his girlfriend’s face on his arm

Max split with Ryan Giggs’ ex-wife in August, before she accused him of cheating on her with his Strictly co-star.

It followed reports that Stacey was furious her former partner Max and his Strictly co-star were dating publicly, just days after they split.

The report claimed that Max and Stacey’s first split in March this year was due to Stacey becoming suspicious about her boyfriend’s close relationship with Maisie, who he had spent the previous two months with on the Strictly tour.

It was on July 28 that Max jetted to on holiday to Portugal to meet up with Maisie and mutual friends. According to Stacey he continued to deny he was with his Strictly co-star, telling her in phone calls that he was in Spain.

Stacey and Max initially got together in 2018, with Max previously calling Stacey ‘the one’, after meeting way back in 2011 at V festival.

The Wanted singer was dating actress Michelle Keegan at the time, while Stacey was still married to Manchester United player Ryan.

Age gap romance: The former soap actress would have been just nine when the The Wanted singer shot to fame and released his first single in 2010

Age gap romance: The former soap actress would have been just nine when the The Wanted singer shot to fame and released his first single in 2010

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