From Shakespeare’s tragic Romeo and Juliet to Titanic’s socially mismatched Jack and Rose, the world of fiction is awash with star-crossed lovers who somehow find each other against the odds. 

But as the old adage goes, truth is sometimes stranger – just ask Max George and Maisie Smith

While their unexpected love story doesn’t exactly fit the classic Shakespearean mold, or indeed fill the pages of a Hollywood script, it has still attracted its fair share of unwanted drama – not least on social media. 

The knives were already being sharpened before the couple confirmed their romance in 2022, with Max’s ex-girlfriend Stacey Giggs claiming he cheated with Maisie while they were still together. 

But despite the condemnation, both have adopted a refreshing approach to the lukewarm reception they were afforded upon announcing their romance – namely, keep calm and carry on. 

If you’re Glad You Came, continue reading for all the details – romantic and otherwise – about their whirlwind romance…  

True love? While Max George and Maisie Smith's romance doesn't exactly fit into a classic Shakespearean mold, it has still attracted its fair share of unwanted drama

True love? While Max George and Maisie Smith’s romance doesn’t exactly fit into a classic Shakespearean mold, it has still attracted its fair share of unwanted drama

HOW OLD ARE MAX AND MAISIE?

The poisoned chalice – a least as far as social media is concerned – appears to be their notable age difference, with former EastEnders star Maisie still only 21, while pop star Max is 33. 

However all that will change soon enough when Maisie turns 22 on July 9, with Max celebrating his 34th birthday two months later on will celebrate his 34th birthday on September 6. 

Speaking to HELLO! in November, The Wanted star admitted the age gap ‘never crossed his mind’ when he met Maisie – a self-confessed fan of his band. 

He said: ‘It never enters my mind. Maisie has already done so many things that I’m in awe of – I look up to her.’ 

Maisie added: ‘People ask me, “Do you notice it?” and I never have. We’re so like-minded. I’ve got friends in their 30s and 40s. You connect with who you connect with.’ 

Smitten: Both have adopted a refreshing approach to the lukewarm reception they were afforded after announcing their romance - namely, keep calm and carry on

Smitten: Both have adopted a refreshing approach to the lukewarm reception they were afforded after announcing their romance – namely, keep calm and carry on

WHAT HAVE THEY SAID ABOUT THEIR RELATIONSHIP?

The couple have been refreshingly open about their relationship – a decision no doubt aided by accusations of infidelity levelled at Max by his ex-girlfriend. 

They have also maintained a philosophical stance regarding the routine trolling tey have received online regarding the evident age gap.  

Speaking to The Sun on Sunday in March, Maisie said: ‘If it wasn’t that, it would be something else. People don’t understand what goes on behind closed doors in a relationship, and I think they also forget that I’m a consenting 21-year-old woman who’s actually been working longer than Max!

‘I don’t notice the age difference and neither do my friends or family. My mum Julia is the one who reads through all the comments. I got a message from her yesterday, saying: ‘Just ignore them, you two were made for each other.

‘I think that just puts it into perspective. I really don’t care what I random person thinks of my relationship when everyone I do care about is incredibly supportive. I’ve been in the business long enough to know you have to have a thick skin.’

Loved-up: The pair went official with their relationship in August and moved in together just weeks after meeting on the Strictly Come Dancing live arena tour

Loved-up: The pair went official with their relationship in August and moved in together just weeks after meeting on the Strictly Come Dancing live arena tour

Couple: Maisie revealed her mother has 'never seen me so happy' as she discussed her relationship with Max on Loose Women in November

Couple: Maisie revealed her mother has ‘never seen me so happy’ as she discussed her relationship with Max on Loose Women in November 

Making their first TV appearance as a couple on daytime panel show Loose Women in August 2022, Max spoke of the rumours that preceded them going public. 

‘Speculation drove that more than we would have at the start, but once it was out there, we do everything out here, it was kind of like it’s out there,’ he said. 

‘If we do something we may as well put it out there because there is nothing we don’t do.’

Maisie added: ‘The people we allow in our lives are so happy. Mam has never seen me so happy. That’s all that really matters to me.’ 

Putting it out there: The couple have been refreshingly open about their relationship - a decision no doubt aided by accusations of infidelity levelled at Max by his ex-girlfriend

Putting it out there: The couple have been refreshingly open about their relationship – a decision no doubt aided by accusations of infidelity levelled at Max by his ex-girlfriend 

Inking: Max recently showed off his love for Maisie as he debuted a new tattoo of his girlfriend's face on his arm

Inking: Max recently showed off his love for Maisie as he debuted a new tattoo of his girlfriend’s face on his arm

WHEN DID THEY GET TOGETHER? 

The couple originally met while appearing on the 18th series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2020, during which Maisie was romantically linked to YouTuber HRVY and Max was still in a relationship with former WAG Stacey Giggs. 

But their friendship soon escalated after the ensuing Strictly tour of the United Kingdom pulled them closer together during long days on the road. 

Max told Loose Women: ‘When we had the Strictly tour, she told me everything – far too much. About boys, stuff that I don’t want to know!’ 

The couple eventually confirmed their relationship after they were spotted sharing a kiss while flying to Crete in August 2022. 

A source told The Sun at the time that ‘they were all over each other. This isn’t a flash in the pan. Max has told people that he is falling in love with Maisie.’

A passenger said: ‘They looked like a very loved-up couple – they were all over each other for the entire four-hour flight. Snogging and giggling like any new couple.’

However Stacey Giggs was said to be devastated by their romance, with friends claiming it began before his relationship with the brunette ran its course. 

According to The Sun she told a friend: ‘To see them dating publicly so quickly after I dumped him is like a dagger to the heart. Max cheated on me with Maisie. I asked him about her but he denied anything had happened.

‘After everything I’ve done for him, I cannot believe he would be so rude and disrespectful. He’s a lying dog. I feel betrayed.’ 

Close: The couple confirmed their relationship after they were spotted sharing a kiss while flying to Crete in August 2022

Close: The couple confirmed their relationship after they were spotted sharing a kiss while flying to Crete in August 2022

DailyMail

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