They have insisted they are ‘just good friends’.
Yet Megan Barton Hanson and James Lock were certainly not behaving like pals on Sunday afternoon as they were seen getting hot and heavy in Marbella.
As they enjoyed a boozy lunch with pals, the reality star duo could not keep away from one another, with the TOWIE star, 36, getting increasingly close to his ex as they knocked back cocktails and got dressed up with friends including Dan Edgar.
His steamy display will come as a shock to some, as the intimate chats come just days after he broke his silence on reconciliation rumours.
Tongues started wagging after the pair were spotted looking very cosy last month but James confirmed to MailOnline that the pair ‘are just friends’.
Come here you: Megan Barton Hanson and James Lock were certainly not behaving like pals on Sunday afternoon as they were seen getting hot and heavy in Marbella
Sexy stuff: As they enjoyed a boozy lunch with pals, the reality star duo could not keep away from one another, with the TOWIE star, 36, getting increasingly close to his ex as they knocked back cocktails and got dressed up with friends including Dan Edgar
Cheeky! Megan looked absolutely phenomenal for the lunch, in which she wore a tight white vest which showed off her surgically-enhanced assets and a low-slung denim skirt
Puffing away: Megan was puffing a cigarette during the lunch
Touch up: Ensuring she was as groomed as possible, she used her phone to touch up her make-up
Megan looked absolutely phenomenal for the lunch, in which she wore a tight white vest which showed off her surgically-enhanced assets and a low-slung denim skirt.
Her blonde locks were teased into bouncy waves and her make-up was preened to perfection for her night out in the holiday hotspot.
As the drinks flowed throughout the lunch – which ran from day into the evening – the group acquired some props, including light-up bunny ears and a captain’s hat and sported them while downing espresso martini cocktails.
Despite being in company, it seems James was lost in his ex as he cuddled up to her, whispered in her ear and left her in fits of giggles.
Away from his steamy moments with Megan, it seems James was also playing the supportive pal as he dished out hugs to newly-single Dan.
Rocky: Megan and the TOWIE star have been romantically linked since October 2021 and have been known for their rocky relationship – constantly going on and off for a few years
Plenty to chat about: The duo chewed the fat while getting booze
Chatting away: The group kept themselves going with the assistance of espresso martinis and cans of Red Bull
Listening the day away: James seemed to have plenty he wanted to say to his ex
How about it? Megan was looking down while James got close
Amber alert: Dan looked to be putting his woes behind him at the glam lunch
Puffing away: Megan was puffing on a cigarette during the boozy day
Dan split up with his long-term girlfriend Amber Turner last month and has now been seen hitting the town since the split.
James – who has dated the Love Island beauty on and off since October 2021 – said they still meet up from time to time and ‘enjoy each others company’ but insisted they are not getting back together.
The reality star revealed that Megan is ‘very much doing her own thing’ nowadays and he is very ‘happy’ doing his.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline at the launch event for his new brand We Are Levo, he said: ‘Me and Megan are just friends. That’s it we are just friends. That’s it.
Come here you: Away from his steamy moments with Megan, it seems James was also playing the supportive pal as he dished out hugs to newly-single Dan
Having a giggle: Megan was laughing at James’ performances for the table
Plump pout: She ensured her surgically-enhanced looks were as polished as ever
Having a laugh: It seems Megan was tickled by the group as they chatted the day away
‘I think sometime people see us together and say you can’t be friends with an ex. You can be, you can be friends with an ex. When I see her we enjoy each others company and we have a laugh, we have a drink, we reminisce about other things.
‘It’s not like you’re talking to an ex and your getting back with them, people jump to conclusions. She is very much doing her thing, I’m doing my thing and we’re both happy which is the main thing.’
Megan and James have been romantically linked since October 2021 when they were captured at Mayfair’s Amazonico restaurant, but split just two months after.
Since that, they have been known for their rocky relationship – constantly going on and off for a few years.
It comes after the recent romantic link between Megan and Demi Sims – after the bombshell admitted she wanted her next relationship to be with a ‘dominating woman’.
Bunny girl: Megan later acquired a pair of light up bunny ears
Mega LOL! James was leaving Dan in fits of giggles with his own grammatically-incorrect props
In depth: While Megan enjoyed her cigarette, James got up close and personal
Last month James and Megan looked to be giving their relationship another go as they put on a very smitten display during an event in London.
Earlier this year, James’ co-star Pete Wicks quit TOWIE but the reality star revealed he will not be leaving the show because it is what ‘gave him his first stepping stone’.
After 10 years of appearing on the ITVBe series the TV personality said he isn’t sure yet whether he will continue full time or in a part time role.
James continued: ‘I’d always do TOWIE. It was the thing that gave me the first stepping stone and I’m a firm believer of not forgetting where you’ve come from.
Woah there: Last month James and Megan looked to be giving their relationship another go as they put on a very smitten display during an event in London
Out and about: She was downing cocktails as she chatted to the group
Having a laugh: James certainly looked to be entertaining the crowd
‘I’d always like to do it but I’m not sure if that’ll be a full time or a reduced role so I can do other things.
‘It is second nature to me because I’ve done it for 10 years now. It’s easy, it’s not something I struggle with because I’m not in the drama.
‘Everyone has been on there a while it’s sometimes testing being involved with some of the dramas going on but I’ve sort of taken on the role of being the big brother.
‘I don’t get sucked into things to much and don’t let things bother me. I don’t get caught up in it.’
Hot stuff: She looked incredible in her sexy ensemble
A friend in need… Dan went for a casual look comprising a white tee and jeans
Cheeky! James was smartly clad in stylish trousers and a muscle exposing black top