Dan Hooper has confirmed he and Kym Marsh are on "a break".

Dan Hooper and Kym Marsh

Dan Hooper and Kym Marsh

The 'Coronation Street' actress was reported to have called off her engagement to the personal trainer but he has now spoken out to insist that they simply need some "space".

He wrote on Twitter: "Nothing's broken off. We are having space and a break. False headlines. Please leave us alone with the horrible comments. (sic)"

The couple announced their engagement last December after a whirlwind eight month romance and were said to be planning to tie the knot next year.

However, the 28-year-old star is now believed to have called off the wedding and Dan is reported to have already moved out of their family home.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Dan has moved out for the time being but they are in constant contact with each other.

"They'd reached a stage where they both needed some space but things are very amicable."

Kym - who has children Emily and David from a previous relationship and daughter Poppy with ex-husband Jamie Lomas - has been married twice before, to Jamie from 2012 to 2014 and to former 'EastEnders' heartthrob Jack Ryder from 2002 to 2009.

Meanwhile, Dan's ex-girlfriend Stephanie Waring - with whom he has daughter Lexi - is reportedly feeling "conflicted" about the split after claiming she felt betrayed by Kym when she first started dating Dan last year.

A source told MailOnline: "He's the father of her child so despite whatever has happened she does want the best for him but the past year has not been pleasant dealing with Kym.

"As much as she wants the best for him, it's all a bit too raw right now. Dan has rubbed the whole thing in her face a lot.

"Although she feels sorry for him, it seems like karma."