Danielle Mason, sister of Eastenders star Jesse Wallace, has revealed she is in a relationship with cage fighter Tony Giles – an Irish traveller.
She is also pregnant with their first child, due in the summer.
However the former page three girl, 26, has experienced hostility from his family who are unhappy that she is not from a travelling background and is pregnant out of wedlock.
Danielle told The Daily Star: “I’ve kind of met his family but they completely ignored me.”
Tony – who grew up on a caravan site in Surrey – and Danielle met in 2009 when she was presenting cage fights.
He told the paper: “I don’t think we would have had time to get married before she got pregnant. It was a short period of time.
“But once she’s had the baby and got her figure back, that’s when we’ll start planning a nice big wedding. And by that time, hopefully, everyone will be happy for us.”
He added that the situation had caused “a bit of upset” with his family.
He explained to the paper: “[Alex] got a little bit rude so I put him in his place. He got a bit big-headed, walking around with his chest poked out.
“The next time I saw him he was like a little jelly baby, apologising. He’s not much of a fighter.”
Joanne added that she would love Jesse and her two other sisters to be godparents to her child.