Real Housewives Ampika Pickston dating West Ham boss David Sullivan

West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan, 72, split from his partner of 25 years and is now reportedly dating former Real Housewives of Cheshire star Ampika Pickston.

Although Ampika and David were friends for over a decade, they secretly became romantically linked in October 2020, according to reports.

In July, it was said the billionaire treated the former reality star to a special meal for her 40th birthday.

Talking about their secret romance, a source told The Sun: "There’s a big age gap but they are smitten. They’ve kept quiet for the best part of a year out of respect for their children and ex-partners but know they can’t keep a lid on this forever.

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"David handed over a beautiful, 11½ carat, emerald-cut ring."

The couple's blossoming romance came after David made his ex-girlfriend, former porn star Emma Benton-Hughes, 52, his co-chairman at West Ham.

But the source claimed that the couple – who share two two grown-up children – parted ways last year.

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Ampika who appeared on Channel 5's Rich House Poor House on Sunday runs a cosmetic training business and previously starred in five seasons of Real Housewives.

But in 2017 she decided to part ways from the programme after clashing with co-stars.

Last weekend, Ampika sparked engagement rumours when she posted pictures online of herself with a ring on her engagement finger. But the images are no longer available online.

The reality star was previously engaged to a mystery man in 2018 after a whirlwind romance.

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The brunette beauty met the businessman, whom she did not want to name, through an online dating website and he later proposed to Ampika after just a 'short time' together.

Discussing her previous relationship to FEMAIL at the time, the mother-of-one said: "He's got his own thing going on, he sold his business 10 years ago. He's a breath of fresh air; he gets on fantastically with my son; he is really easy going."

She added: "Personality-wise, I think we're perfect together. He makes me laugh and I think we want the same things."

Before her engagement to the businessman a few years ago, Ampika was previously married to billionaire Mark Pickston.

The couple share their 14-year-old son Jake together.

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