Melanie Sykes has told how she has no regrets about her holiday fling with a gondolier in Venice who she was spotted passionately kissing.
The TV presenter, 50, was enjoying a moment of passion with Riccardo Simionato, who is 27 years her junior, on the streets of the romantic city.
Now Melanie, who is single after being twice divorced, has opened up about her 6-day romance, which began after she jetted off to Venice last Thursday.
Speaking out about the pictures Melanie says she is "too happy to care" about their 27-year age gap.
She wrote on Instagram: "Morning strumpets. I knew I was being stalked on my holiday but I managed to ignore it.
"Partly because it's just what happens but mostly because I was experiencing so much joy, it was difficult to actually care.
"May you also recognise, appreciate and take those happy moments in this crazy world. love Melanie x #livethatlife."
Riccardo claims he does not remember the fling.
He told the Mail on Sunday: “I don’t remember. I meet a lot of people.”
Within 24 hours of meeting Riccardo on a gondola ride, Melanie was smooching him.
After the pair's passionate snog they enjoyed drinks in Campo San Toma Square where they couldn't keep their hands off of each other.
A hotel worker told The Mirror: “They seemed to be completely smitten.
"You could tell she was older than him but she looks incredible and it was no surprise to see a younger man with her.
"They made for a very handsome couple.”
Melanie's fans rushed to send her well wishes and messages of support after she made her post.
One said: "Your laughter, your happiness and your joy is so wonderful to see. Enjoy YOUR life you beautiful woman you."
"You beauty! Enjoy every moment you deserve it", another gushed.
A third fan added: "Get in there Mel he’s a lucky guy."
During her break Mel told fans she was feeling “just a bit giddy” after meeting her handsome gondolier.
She was seen arm-in-arm with him on the last day of her holiday, but then flew back to the UK alone.
Melanie was married to actor Daniel Caltagirone between 2001 and 2009.
She had two kids with Daniel - Roman, 18, and Valentino, 16.
Mel married Jack Cockings in 2013 but they split after less than a year of marriage.