19/02/2012 10:37 GMT | Updated 20/04/2012 06:12 BST

Natalie Cassidy Back With Ex Adam Cottrell

Former EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy has confirmed she is back with her violent ex-fiance Adam Cottrell.

The couple split last May after he was arrested and convicted of assaulting her, but Natalie has forgiven him and announced they have reunited.

In two separate attacks last year, he smeared her with mascara, grabbed her arms and ripped her top before smashing up their Hertfordshire home.

But the 32-year-old has since called the actress in tears to apologise for his actions.

She tells The People newspaper: "I now realise everything that happened between Adam and myself was down to alcohol. Adam wanting a drink, Adam having a drink, Adam feeling guilty about having a drink."

The couple have a 17-month-old daughter together called Eliza and she was part of the reason why Natalie decided to take back Adam, who has been sober for two months.

Adam admitted two counts of assault by beating and one offence of criminal damage last June and was sentenced to 120 hours unpaid work.