03/03/2012 09:57 GMT | Updated 03/05/2012 06:12 BST

Denise Welch Takes Toyboy Lincoln Townley On First Public Outing

Celebrity Big Brother star Denise Welch stepped out with her toyboy Lincoln Townley for a Wizard Of Oz party this week, marking their first public appearance since their affair was exposed.

After hiding their relationship for months, the pair were apparently delighted to show off their romance in the open at the show's afterparty at the London Palladium.

The couple posed for the cameras and the 53-year-old Loose Women star was looking very cosy her boyfriend of nine months.

An onlooker told The Mirror: "Denise and Lincoln were very touchy-feely and seemed to have a natural chemistry.

"She was drinking wine and champagne, and chatting to celebrities including Nancy Dell'Olio, Russell Grant and the boys from McFly. Lincoln was never far from her side and introduced himself as 'Denise's boyfriend'."

Her mood is far from that seen last month when she sobbed on Loose Women as she announced the end of her 23-year marriage to actor Tim Healy.

She reportedly told a pal this week: "I'm so happy. He's everything I ever wanted."