DRAGONS' DEN newbie Steven Barlett is 'back together' with his stunning ex girlfriend Melanie Vaz Lopes.
The 29-year-old multimillionaire revealed he rekindled their relationship after flying for 22 hours on a plane to Bali to declare his love for her.
Steven previously dated Melanie four years ago, but the pair split as the businessman admitted he'd found it hard to commit to anyone outside of his hectic work life.
Surprising the audience attending the first night of his The Diary of a CEO Live show, Steven opened up with a confession of his love for Melanie, who runs a beauty and wellbeing business called Auraya.
As the House Gospel Choir sang Stevie Wonder's I'll Be Loving You Always and love heart confetti showered from the ceiling, Melanie sat in the Royal Box at the London Palladium in tears.
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."
As Steven held Melanie's hand, he told the audience he was full of 'gratitude' to have her back in his life.
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The likes of Rochelle and Marvin Humes, singer Beverly Knight and Olympic boxer James Degale were in the audience as Steven recounted their romance.
Steven and Melanie originally met on Instagram in 2016 and were together for a year before Steven called it a day.
Acknowledging his regret, Steven described how he took a flight to Bali after hearing Melanie was there on holiday, in an attempt to win her back.
On arrival he found she was in a new relationship, but after spending four days together their romance was rekindled.
But the pair kept things under wraps – even from Steven's fellow Dragons, who can regularly be heard mentioning him being single on the show.
Steven, who joined the BBC show as its youngest ever Dragon earlier this year, previously admitted: "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."
He went on: "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."
The Botswana-born businessman replaced Tej Lalvani for the 19th season of the show.
The Mancunian runs several companies and has also published a book; Happy Sexy Millionaire: Unexpected Truths about Fulfilment, Love and Success,.
Steven dropped out of university to run The Social Chain and Media Chain, which he founded at age 22 – and are currently valued at £300 million.
Five years later he took the firm public, and in 2021 he announced two new companies, Thirdweb and Flight Story.
Bartlett has been featured in Forbes' 30 under 30 list and has won accolades at the Black British Business Awards.
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