Shona McGarty shares loving picture and beautiful message with new boyfriend

Shona McGarty with her boyfriend David Brecken, and Shona at the British Soap Awards
Shona McGarty recently confirmed her new romance (Pictures: Instagram/David Bracken/REX/Shutterstock)

EastEnders star Shona McGarty’s latest Instagram snap proves she’s still in the honeymoon phase with her new beau.

The actress, best known for playing Whitney Dean in the BBC One soap, is currently dating musician David Bracken, who is from the band Blessed.

In her latest IG story Shona, 32, shared a blurry black and white picture of her and David where she simply captioned it: ‘Love.’

In a separate slide, the star shared a beautiful quote about crossing paths with someone who makes you feel ‘alive and refreshed.’

The couple have been sharing regular lovey-dovey shots on the gram. Just last week the guitarist and Shona were seen on a plane in the picture, with David writing a sweet message alongside that said: ‘Family time and our first flight together . @shonabmx #family #ireland #bestfriends #love #myworld’.

Prior to Shona’s relationship with David, she was seeing co-star Max Bowden, who plays Ben Mitchell.

Shona McGarty poses with her new boyfriend
Awww (Picture: @shonabmx/Instagram)
Shona McGarty
Shona shared a cute message being the ‘best version of yourself’ (Picture: @shonabmx/Instagram)

The stars had a six month romance, but announced their split in October 2022, claiming that it wasn’t ‘the right time’.

‘There has been a lot going on in Max’s life and things were just getting too complicated with Shona being involved. Max will always have a lot of love and respect for Shona but it’s just not the right time,’ the source told The Sun at the time.

‘Everyone is trying to make things as least awkward as possible on set – luckily they don’t have many scenes together.’

It was confirmed that the soap star will soon leave EastEnders after playing Whitney for 15 years.

Whitney and Zack on EastEnders
Shona confirmed she’ll be leaving EastEnders after 15 years (Picture: BBC)

‘It wasn’t an easy decision because I’ve made so many friends,’ Shona told Inside Soap, discussing her departure. ‘I’ve seen people come and go, and meanwhile, Whitney has been one of the longest-standing characters.

‘I’ve had so much fun and done so many storylines, some of which have been sensitive, and I’ve been honoured to be trusted with such heavy stuff year after year.

‘So I’m going to be sad to say goodbye to my friends and family, but it was the right decision for me as I want to do other things. After 15 years, I’ve had a pretty good run!’.

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