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Sherdian Smith's family are "relieved she was strong enough" to not get back with ex-fiancé Jamie Horn and, instead, move on with another of her exes, a source has revealed.
The 40 year old went public with her former fling Alex Lawler earlier this week, with the actress revealing the pair had first dated two decades ago.
A source close to the Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps star has now told OK! "this time seems right" as they opened up on the actress' love life.
"You couldn't make it up!" the source explained. "Alex got in touch after she put up a post about what it would be like to have a man who is kind and it all started from there.
"She's always had a soft spot for him and thought about him and it's one of those mad things.
"Her friends really think this could be the one because they always got on but they were too young and the timing just wasn't right, they were so young and she was making it out as an actress.
"They've always got on so well but she's telling friends the timing wasn't right then but it could be now. She deserves it, she's such a lovely girl but has had some back luck."
Discussing Sheridan's family's reaction to the rekindled romance, the source continued: "Her family are happy that she's happy.
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"They were worried she would go back to Jamie, it was quite a dramatic relationship. They could see it wasn't going down the right track, we saw the fall out with his mum publicly with her post.
"They're relieved she was strong enough to not go back to him. Her family just want her happy, she wears her heart on her sleeve and just falls in love with being in love.
"They want her to be content, she has struggled a lot after losing her dad and she needs stability, which they're hoping he can give her.
"Sheridan likes to be with someone, she doesn't like to be single, she's better when she's with someone, and she needs that security so the family are very pleased. They say to never go back but this time seems right."
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