JLS member Aston Merrygold was seen out on a date on Friday with former Hollyoaks actress Emma Rigby in Manchester. The pair were spotted getting close at Cicchetti Italian Restaurant and enjoyed a romantic meal together after sneaking out of the restaurant one by one to try and fool the paparazzi.

The cute couple have been friends for a while, but from the way that Emma was dressed up and all the sneaking around, we’re pretty sure that the pair are taking their relationship to the next level.

It seems like Aston has been dreaming about this moment for quite a while as he made it public in 2010 that he was lusting after Emma, 22, at his birthday party. He said at the time:

I’d love birthday kisses from Emma Rigby, Frankie from The Saturdays and Justin Timberlake’s protegee Esmee Denters.

Well he certainly took his time, two years on and they’re still only lunching. Emma got the full JLS treatment as Aston left the restaurant ahead of her to bring his grey Ferrari round to pick her up, or maybe he just didn’t want to be seen with her… hmm.

We can still see you Aston!