Candice Brown is seen for first time with new boyfriend Nicky Hewer

Bake Off’s Candice Brown is seen for the first time with new rugby player boyfriend Nicky Mercer as they hold hands on dog walk a year after split from husband Liam Macauley

Candice Brown held hands with her new rugby player boyfriend Nicky Mercer on a dog walk in east London on Thursday as she was seen with him for the first time.  

The Bake Off champ, 36, who won the seventh series of the show in 2016, is dating the sportsman and TUI regional pilot manager a year after splitting from her husband Liam Macauley.

Travel executive Nicky is also a keen sportsman and plays for Aylesbury Rugby Football Club. 

Love: Candice Brown held hands with her new rugby player boyfriend Nicky Mercer on a dog walk in east London on Thursday as she was seen with him for the first time

The pair looked happy as they took a stroll together, with Candice putting on a leggy display in denim shorts and a white T-shirt as her dog sat in a pouch tied round her front. 

Meanwhile Nicky cut a casual figure in a red England football shirt and light blue jeans with his cute pug in tow on a lead. 

It is not known how long the couple have been dating. MailOnline has contacted Candice’s representatives for comment. 

Cute: The Bake Off champ, 36, who won the seventh series of the show in 2016, is dating the sportsman and TUI regional pilot manager a year after after splitting from her husband Liam Macauley


Hunk: Travel executive Nicky is also a keen sportsman and plays for Aylesbury Rugby Football Club

The baker’s new romance comes after she opened up about suffering the ‘worst year of her life’ in April following her split from husband Liam.

The television personality admitted she doesn’t know ‘how she is still going’ as she spoke about her mental health struggles.

It was revealed that Candice and her tree surgeon ex Liam had decided to separate after less than two years of marriage last July.

Out and about: The pair looked happy as they took a stroll together, with Candice putting on a leggy display in denim shorts and a white T-shirt as her dog sat in a pouch tied round her front

Walk: Meanwhile Nicky cut a casual figure in a red England football shirt and light blue jeans with his cute pug in tow on a lead


Budding romance: It is not known how long the couple have been dating

Upset: The baker’s new romance comes after she opened up about suffering the ‘worst year of her life’ in April following her split from husband Liam

She told the told The Burnt Chef Journal podcast: ‘I had a very difficult year last year — the hardest of my life. How the f*** I’m still going, I don’t know. But it was just a lot to take in, a lot to deal with.’

Candice, who runs her pub the Green Man in ­Eversholt, said: ‘Mental health is something I’ve always struggled with.

‘I also got diagnosed with ADHD, hence the disorganisation and forgetfulness.’

She revealed: ‘On the days we were shut and towards the end of the year I said, “I don’t know if I can do this on my own if lockdown happens again.

Sweet: The new couple were both joined by their four-legged friends for the stroll in the capital


Kind: Nicky, who also plays rugby, walked Candice’s dog Albus on a lead, while she carried a second four-legged friend in a sling

Preoccupied: Candice was seen taking a call on her phone at one point as she got some fresh air 

‘I just can’t do it. I need to be on the go all the time and that silence and darkness on top of a brain that can be quite dark anyway was a lot.’

The famous baker first met ex Liam in the bar where he worked while studying for a degree, back in 2012.

After five years of dating, the couple announced their engagement in October 2017, just over a year after she first appeared on Bake Off.

Candice exchanged nuptials with her longtime love at Château de Varennes in Burgundy, France, in September 2018.

New man: Travel executive Nicky is also a keen sportsman and plays for Aylesbury Rugby Football Club 

Marriage ends: The TV star hasn’t had the easiest of years, which has seen her secretly split from her husband-of-two-years Liam a year ago (pictured in June 2018)

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