Dragons’ Den star Steven Bartlett has rekindled his love for a stunning French entrepreneur, MailOnline can reveal.
The multi-millionaire businessman, 29, dated Melanie Vaz Lopes four years ago but split from the travel blogger because he couldn’t commit to her between ‘seven in the morning and nine o’ clock at night’ due to his hectic work schedule.
But speaking last night at The London Palladium Steven confirmed he’s now in a longterm relationship with Melanie after flying 22 hours to Bali in a desperate bid to win her back.
‘Melanie is The One’: Dragons’ Den star Steven Bartlett has rekindled his love for a stunning French entrepreneur, MailOnline can reveal
Serenading Melanie at the first night of his The Diary of a CEO Live show on Monday, he confessed his love for her, before the House Gospel Choir sang Stevie Wonder’s I’ll Be Loving You Always, as love heart confetti fell from the ceiling – leaving stunned audience members believing he was about to propose.
An audience member told MailOnline: ‘It came as a real surprise given Steven has never opened up about his love life but he dedicated an entire segment of his show to Melanie.
‘It was a huge romantic moment – everyone thought it was part of a big proposal, he didn’t get down on one knee but it’s clear Melanie is The One.’
Steven and Melanie, who runs beauty and wellbeing business Auraya, met on Instagram in 2016 after bonding over one of the entrepreneur’s relationship videos.
Rekindled: The multi-millionaire businessman dated Melanie Vaz Lopes (pictured) four years ago but split from the travel blogger because he couldn’t commit to her
Love: Steven, pictured with Melanie last year in Bali, confirmed he has rekindled their relationship after flying 22 hours to the paradise island in a desperate bid to win her back
They were together for a year until Steven ended their romance after struggling to juggle his business commitments with having a girlfriend, something he now regrets.
He flew to Bali to win Melanie back after hearing she was there on holiday, only to be told she had been in a new relationship since their split.
But after spending four days on the tropical island together, Melanie fell for him all over again, and the pair have been together ever since, keeping their romance under wraps until now.
Indeed, Steven admitted he even kept his romance secret from his fellow Dragons, who regularly mention him being single on his debut series of the BBC One show.
Happy: Steven and Melanie, who posted an image of Steven on Tuesday to her Instagram story, met on the social media app in 2016 after bonding over one of the entrepreneur’s videos
‘Show time’: Entrepreneur Melanie sat in the Royal Box at the London Palladium as she supported boyfriend Steven at the opening night of his show The Diary of a CEO Live
Here we go: Melanie excitedly posted from her Instagram profile ahead of the start of the live tour on Monday
On Monday, Melanie and her brother sat in the Royal Box at the London Palladium, with the blogger in tears as Steven retold their love story.
Steven approached the Royal Box to hold Melanie’s hand after telling the audience he was full of ‘gratitude’ after winning her back.
His romantic confession was made in front of stars Marvin and Rochelle Humes, Olympic boxer James Degale, and singer Beverly Knight.
Steven’s relationship fell apart after he refused to wholeheartedly commit to Melanie, later admitting he used to ‘forget’ that anyone existed outside of his business.
Stunning: Steven approached the Royal Box to hold Melanie’s hand after telling the audience he was full of ‘gratitude’ after winning her back
Support: Marvin and Rochelle Humes, who has been a guest on Steven’s podcast, attended the opening night of his theatre show at the London Palladium on Monday
He previously said: ‘The way it is with me, between the hours of say seven in the morning and nine o’ clock at night, I am in the zone, I’ve got total tunnel vision.
‘I honestly do not realise that there’s anyone else outside of my business and rooms I sit in that exists in terms of my personal and private life.
‘So if my family or girlfriend text me, or message me during the day, the chances of me engaging in that meaningfully in that period is virtually impossible.
‘In the evenings I’m often consumed with the day and I find it hard to switch off and engage with other relationships and that also costs those relationships.’
Steven, who moved to the UK aged two from Botswana, dropped out of university to pursue his dreams as a businessman.
He fell out with his parents, in particularly his mother, who was ‘heartbroken’ after believing Steven had thrown away his education, which she didn’t have growing up.
But Steven found success with social media marketing agency The Social Chain that was valued at £300million when it first entered the stock market.
This year he became the youngest ever Dragon, and has quickly become the man to impress among budding entrepreneurs entering the den for investment.
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