Mark Wright confirms Michelle Keegan romance: I'm very happy, we've been dating longer than you think - EXCLUSIVE

Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan have been snapped enough times together now for us all to realise they are the hottest new celebrity couple.

Mark Wright admits romance with Michelle KeeganWe chat exclusively with the star at the 2013's National Television Awards

But the former TOWIE star, who was previously dating co-star Lauren Goodger, has remained pretty tight-lipped about his new relationship - until last night.

Speaking to Yahoo! omg! on the red carpet at the National TV Awards, the cheeky Essex chappy said: "All I'll say is this, I'm very happy at the moment and I'm having fun."

We tried to push him further to spill the beans about their new romance but he blushed, laughed and told us: "I'll just tell you that I'm very happy. You know what's going on.

"You've seen the pictures. I can't lie about it."

And Mark offered us our very own exclusive piece of news - the pair have seemingly been dating for MUCH longer than we all thought.

Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan have been dating for longer than we think. Copyright [Rex]

He said: "All I would say is, it's not exactly new news. But it is to the public because they've only just found out. There's an exclusive"

Mark and Corrie star Michelle Keegan, who turned up at the NTAs separately last night, first set tongues wagging that they were an item when they were snapped kissing together in Dubai on New Year's Eve.

Reports at the time suggested they'd got together during the trip. But by the sound of what Mark told us last night, this wasn't the first time they'd got cosy.

Since then the pair have made it pretty obvious they are dating by stepping out together in public.

And just this week Michelle tweeted a snap of herself in Essex getting a food education. She posted: "Mine and @fearnyx first ever pie and mash. @MarkWright_ showing us the East End roots. '2 n 1 please daaaaarlin"

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Michelle Keegan looked phenomenal in this white, lace detailed gown. Copyright [getty]
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Michelle Keegan practice her winner and her loser faceWe chat exclusively with the Coronation Street star at the 2013's National Television Awards