Rebecca Adlington grows close to actor Dean Cain following marriage split announcement
Rebecca Adlington has become close friends with actor Dean Cain, her fellow competitor on The Jump.
The 27-year-old Olympic swimmer stunned fans when she announced her split from husband Harry Needs after 18 months of marriage in a statement released on Wednesday (16Mar16).
However, it has now been revealed that she has developed a close friendship with Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman star Dean who has been a "shoulder to cry on".
According to The Sun newspaper, Rebecca turned to Dean, 49, when she suffered an injury that forced her to pull out from the winter sports show.
Their unlikely friendship is thought to have grown since then, with Dean flying to London, England, last week (ends13Mar16) to see Rebecca. The pair was seen leaving the Charlotte Street Hotel in the capital after enjoying a catch up, before heading to Oxford Street for a spot of shopping.
They are also said to have partied together during their time in Austria for The Jump.
“Harry and Becky’s friends didn’t see the divorce coming," a source told the newspaper.
Rebecca announced the end of her marriage on her personal website in an open letter signed "Becky and Harry".
"It's after much thought and sadness that we confirm our separation," the sports champion wrote, adding: "It is on amicable terms and we still remain close friends."
The pair tied the knot at a countryside wedding in Staffordshire in August 2014 and Rebecca went on to give birth to their daughter Summer in June last year (15).
She has previously admitted that giving birth put a strain on their relationship, with Rebecca having to go back to work a mere two months after welcoming Summer to provide for her young family. The average period of maternity leave in the UK is eight months.
Speaking to The Daily Mail Rebecca explained that being a new parent was "b**ody hard work" and "harder than setting a world record." She also confessed the strain had caused "plenty of arguments" between her and Harry.