Exclusive, The EastEnders star has emerged from the gloom with a smile on her face after finding romance with Tim Arnold
there were those who thought she’d never recover from the humiliation of her wedding day split from Vince Morse.
But Jessie Wallace has emerged from the gloom with a smile on her face after finding romance with former crack addict Tim Arnold.
And friends say she is head over heels in love with the musician, who nearly died while blowing £500 a week on drug binges.
A pal of the EastEnders star, who dumped Vince, 50, after he sent steamy pictures of her to an ex-girlfriend, said: “It’s early days but you can see how much she’s into him.
“He is a thoroughly decent bloke, too, so it’s a great match.”
The 40-year-old actress has become inseparable from Tim, 36, since they met at the Soap Awards last month.
He is the godson of Walford veteran June Brown (Dot Cotton) and son of co-star Polly Perkins who plays Dot’s sister Rose in the BBC show.
Jessie was spotted at his flat in Central London on Sunday where she dropped off a bag before they headed to a restaurant.
Onlookers said they held hands and kissed. A day earlier they were seen kissing in her car.
June is a long-time friend of Tim’s mum and she even funded a three-week trip to Thailand’s Thamkrabok monastery for treatment by monks to help beat his addiction.
The 85-year-old soap legend once said: “Tim had got to the point where all of us feared he might die.
“His skin wasn’t very good, his teeth were discoloured and his nature changed. He became deceitful, because he was always lying, trying to get money to feed his habit.”
June told how Tim’s life started to crumble as his addiction took its grip.
She added: “It’s awful to be a mother watching your child fall apart, and being powerless to stop it. Simple as that.
“He’d go to the studios during the day, pretending he was holding himself together, then at night he roamed the streets begging.”
Tim who was once in 90s Britpop band Jocasta, told how he got hooked on the killer drug when he lost his record deal.
He said: “I had become a crack addict at the age of 19 but after several years, I knew I needed help to quit.
“I realised I was killing myself, or rather my soul. But I didn’t care. I felt I wasn’t worth anything.
“I remember smoking crack in front of my mother. I thought: ‘Why shouldn’t I? This is what I do with my life’.”