Emmerdale's Isobel Steele denies Bradley Johnson romance: 'We're just friends'

Rumours and speculation often circulate when stars we know and love from our favourite soaps are spotted together – but while everyone enjoys a love story, sometimes they can really jump the gun.

Emmerdale star Isobel Steele has addressed the rumours with Metro.co.uk and while she understands why people might have linked them together as Liv and Vinny are dating on screen, she has clarified that they simply have a close friendship.

She explained to us: ‘Brad is wonderful and such a good friend of mine. We are very similar and work really well together when we have scenes just us two. 

‘I can see why people jumped to conclusions, seeing two characters spending time together on and off-screen!

‘For the record, me and Brad are not in a relationship. We are just very good friends who enjoy each other’s company out of work as well as in work.’

Isobel generally avoids speaking too much about her personal life on social media but she was heavily praised when she called out worst dressed lists for red carpet events after she was targeted.

But does she think that any progress has been made?

She shared: ‘It’s very important to me. I’m not very vocal online usually, but I couldn’t help but see the double standards and misogyny once I’d seen it!

‘Times are changing and people no longer want to read about women gaining weight after giving birth, or women who look too thin or too this or too that. It’s time we stopped consuming things that don’t align with who we are and what we believe.

‘It’s time we made our own minds up and formed our own opinions. I’m constantly learning and unlearning. We’ve got a long way to go, but ultimately it’s about being kinder to each other and I think we can all improve on that in our own lives.’

And Isobel is certainly having a busy life – along with her hard hitting story as Liv, she is an accomplished singer and songwriter – and still manages to fit in quite the array of hobbies!

She smiled: ‘I do love anything creative and like to try a variety of different things constantly!

‘At the moment I’m practicing my skateboarding, learning French and trying to improve at pottery. Bit of an odd mix! But when I’m not working I try to cram everything in while I can!’

Tres bien!

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