Maisie Smith is picked up by her doting boyfriend Max George

Maisie Smith, 21, is picked up by her doting boyfriend Max George, 34, after her Strictly Ballroom tour performance – after couple hit back at ‘concern’ over their 13-year age gap

Maisie Smith was in good spirits as she was picked up by her doting boyfriend Max George following her performance at the Blackpool Winter Gardens as part of the Strictly Ballroom tour on Tuesday.

The former EastEnders actress, 21, went official with her romance with The Wanted singer Max, 34, in August this year, and she flashed a broad grin as the couple drove off together after the show.

It comes after they hit back at ‘concern’ over their 13-year age gap earlier this week.

All smiles: Maisie Smith, 21, was in good spirits as she was picked up by her doting boyfriend Max George, 34, after her Strictly Ballroom tour performance in Blackpool on Tuesday

All smiles: Maisie Smith, 21, was in good spirits as she was picked up by her doting boyfriend Max George, 34, after her Strictly Ballroom tour performance in Blackpool on Tuesday

Maisie cut a casual figure as she stepped out in the seaside resort town of Blackpool, wearing a grey hoodie and a black body warmer.

She wore a pair of black tracksuit bottoms to match her jacket and opted for a comfortable pair of white trainers which featured splashes of various colours.

The ex soap star was still wearing her glamorous stage make-up as she made her way to pop star Max as he waited for her in the car. 

On the road: Maisie was seen smiling as Max drove her off to enjoy the rest of the evening. The couple went official in August this year

On the road: Maisie was seen smiling as Max drove her off to enjoy the rest of the evening. The couple went official in August this year

Maisie ensured she stopped for fans, signing autographs before she made her way off to enjoy the rest of her evening.

Earlier this week, Maisie and Max hit back at ‘concern over their age gap in a joint interview.   

Maisie would have been just nine when Max shot to fame and released his first single with his band in 2010.

Greeting her public: Maisie ensured she stopped for fans, signing autographs after the performance

Greeting her public: Maisie ensured she stopped for fans, signing autographs after the performance

The pair are now addressing their age gap, with the musician insisting ‘it never enters my mind’ and that he ‘looks up to’ Maisie, despite her being his junior.  

The pair went official with their relationship in August and moved in together just weeks after meeting on the Strictly Come Dancing live arena tour.

Maisie addressed the backlash in this week’s issue of Hello! magazine, telling fans she has ‘never’ noticed the age difference due to the pair being so ‘like-minded’.

Speaking out: It comes after Max and Maisie hit back at 'concern' over their 13-year age gap earlier this week

Speaking out: It comes after Max and Maisie hit back at ‘concern’ over their 13-year age gap earlier this week

She said: ‘People ask me, “Do you notice it?” and I never have. We’re so like-minded. I’ve got friends in their 30s and 40s. You connect with who you connect with.’

Max added: ‘It never enters my mind. Maisie has already done so many things that I’m in awe of – I look up to her.’  

Maisie described her romance with the boyband heartthrob as ‘every girl’s dream’.

Looking back: Maisie would have been just nine when Max shot to fame and released his first single with his band in 2010

Looking back: Maisie would have been just nine when Max shot to fame and released his first single with his band in 2010

She added: ‘When I get off a train, Max will be standing on the platform with a bouquet of flowers and I feel like I’m in a movie. It’s every girl’s dream and I’ve found it in Max.’  

Earlier this month Max showed off his love for Maisie as he debuted a new tattoo of his girlfriend’s face on his arm.

He debuted the new inking on social media, which sees Maisie’s face interspersed with that of a lion.

Loved-up: The pair went official with their relationship in August and moved in together just weeks after meeting on the Strictly Come Dancing live arena tour

Loved-up: The pair went official with their relationship in August and moved in together just weeks after meeting on the Strictly Come Dancing live arena tour

The tattoo is a replica of a photo of Maisie while she was on Strictly Come Dancing.

It’s not the first time Max has got a tattoo of a partner; he previously had an inking of ex-girlfriend Stacey Giggs’ tattooed on his wrist.

He later got it covered up with a rose and lion following their breakup.  

Max split with Ryan Giggs’ ex-wife in August, before she accused him of cheating on her with his Strictly co-star.

It followed reports that Stacey was furious her former partner Max and his Strictly co-star were dating publicly, just days after they split.

The report claimed that Max and Stacey’s first split in March this year was due to Stacey becoming suspicious about her boyfriend’s close relationship with Maisie, who he had spent the previous two months with on the Strictly tour.

Inking: Earlier this month Max showed off his love for Maisie as he debuted a new tattoo of his girlfriend's face on his arm

Inking: Earlier this month Max showed off his love for Maisie as he debuted a new tattoo of his girlfriend’s face on his arm

It was on July 28 that Max jetted to on holiday to Portugal to meet up with Maisie and mutual friends. According to Stacey he continued to deny he was with his Strictly co-star, telling her in phone calls that he was in Spain.

Stacey and Max initially got together in 2018, with Max previously calling Stacey ‘the one’, after meeting way back in 2011 at V festival.

The Wanted singer was dating actress Michelle Keegan at the time, while Stacey was still married to Manchester United player Ryan.

Split: Max, now in a relationship with Maisie, split with Ryan Giggs' ex-wife Stacey (pictured) in August before she accused him of cheating on her with his Strictly co-star

Split: Max, now in a relationship with Maisie, split with Ryan Giggs’ ex-wife Stacey (pictured) in August before she accused him of cheating on her with his Strictly co-star

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