Coronation Street star Tina O'Brien breaks her silence after Ryan Thomas row with comment about 'empowering women'
CORONATION Street star Tina O'Brien has broken her silence on Instagram after she was accused of smashing ex Ryan Thomas' car.
The TV star posted a tribute to the "empowered" women in her life on International Women's Day.
The Sarah Platt actress put together a video of happy moments she had spent with her pals and family members, including footage and photos from nights out, holidays and get-togethers.
In one clip Tina danced with friends and in anothr she soaked up the sun with her 13-year-old daughter Scarlett, who she shares with Ryan.
The 38-year-old posted the video to Instagram and shared a rallying message, writing: "Strong women, may we know them, may we be them,
may we raise them. ❤️❤️❤️
"Empowered women, empower women 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼"
Tina has been accused of smashing Ryan's car with a baseball bat after a furious late-night row.
The pair, who played couple Sarah Platt and Jason Grimshaw in the ITV soap, dated for six years until 2009.
Sources say tempers flared after Tina, 38, had been partying with pals.
A wing mirror of Ryan's Range Rover was smashed off and the paintwork scratched during the bust-up. He has accused Tina of causing the damage.
One source said: "Ryan and Tina have a fractious relationship.
"They are not on good terms and that tension boiled over.
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"Tina, who was at a pal's house party, came out into the street to meet him as he drove up. Soon after that his car was damaged with the baseball bat.
"It was quite a disturbing incident and Ryan drove away as soon as he could. They've not spoken since and Ryan is furious."
Ryan, 37, who is expecting his second child with reality TV's Lucy Mecklenburgh, 30, is believed to have taken the vehicle to be repaired the next day.
A source close to him added: "Tina and Ryan barely speak nowadays and this seems to have snapped the fragile thread their relationship was hanging by."
Ryan, who departed Corrie in 2016 after almost 16 years, fell for Lucy, 30, when they took part in Bear Grylls' Celebrity Island a year later.
In November last year he and Lucy revealed they were expecting their second child, posting on Instagram: "Here we go again."
Fans speculated that video footage the couple posted had sparked a fresh rift with Tina, after she wrote a cryptic message on her Instagram.
It read: "Don't always trust what you see on social media. Even salt looks like sugar."
She later deleted the post and replaced it with the message: "Don't waste your time with explanations. People will hear what they want to hear."
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