The break-up glow-up! Ioan Gruffudd looks better than ever in ‘Instagram official’ photo with his new lover thanks to the ‘bounce-back effect’ and ‘love hormones’ that also transformed Adele and Ben Affleck, experts reveal
Ioan Gruffudd went ‘Instagram official’ with his new girlfriend Australian actress Bianca Wallace, 29, on Tuesday, by sharing a cosy photo of the two of them on a film set, looking blissfully happy.
And some fans couldn’t help but notice that the Welsh actor – along with looking in great spirits – looked especially glowing in the snap, despite the bitter bust-up happening publicly between him and his estranged wife Alice Evans.
His wife Alice is now claiming Ioan he had a three-year affair with Bianca, and in her most recent Twitter attack alleged that Ioan, who filed for divorce from Alice in March, told her that he would leave her if she ‘gained weight’.
Yet the drama hasn’t deterred the actor from ‘smiling again’ – which he credited Bianca for in his Instagram post – and experts have suggested his new relationship has led to his ‘glow-up’ due to the ‘bounce-back effect’.
Even famous pals weighed in to compliment Ioan with Tamsin Outhwaite writing: ‘You look amazing, and younger somehow’, while actor Timothy Omundson asked: ‘How have you got more handsome?’
Tina Wilson, a relationship and dating expert explained: ‘While it can be an emotional rollercoaster when two people separate, break-ups can motivate people to change their entire life for the better, known as “the bounce back effect”.
Ioan Gruffudd went ‘Instagram official’ with his new girlfriend Australian actress Bianca Wallace (pictured together), 29, on Tuesday, by sharing a cosy photo of the two of them on a film set, looking blissfully happy
Even famous pals Tamzin Outhwaite and Timothy Omundson compimented Ioan on looking ‘younger’ and ‘even more handsome’
‘Ioan is relishing in his new life and he looks like a giddy teenager in love for the first time. His transformation is obvious as a picture says a thousand words.’
While psychologist Aaron Surtees echoed this, adding: ‘When we are in love the body releases “oxytocin” otherwise known as the love drug or love hormone. It can make us feel good and happy.
‘The reason Ioan is showcasing a “new relationship glow” could be down to his psychological and emotional health. The feelings you get when you are in love, such as butterflies, can benefit your body and its biggest organ, your skin.
‘The release of oxytocin can reduce inflammation and irritation in the body and will help lower the body’s production of cortisol, which is the body’s stress hormone/response.
Ioan isn’t the only celebrity to have a ‘glow-up’ after finding a new love, with Adele, Ben Affleck (pictured in 2019) and Kourtney Kardashian also reinventing themselves when in a fresh relationship
Jennifer Lopez has been credited with improving Ben’s (pictured together) style after the two rekindled their romance after nearly 20 years apart
‘Therefore, Ioan’s new psychological state of mind is having a positive impact on him which is the real reason behind his new glow!’
Tina also continued: ‘After appearing unhappy for a long time, Ioan is looking relaxed and happy in his new relationship. It is a bold move going public with a new romance and making it social media official is definitely cementing the relationship status.
‘Unlike past photos with his ex-wife where their body language was rigid and they appeared tense together, Ioan and his new girlfriend Bianca, look very content and relaxed. Bianca seems to be having a positive effect on him.’
Ioan isn’t the only celebrity to have a ‘glow-up’ after finding a new love, with Adele, Ben Affleck and Kourtney Kardashian also reinventing themselves when in a fresh relationship.
Adele is now loved-up with American sports agent Rich Paul, and shocked fans across the world when showcasing her svelte figure following her divorce. Pictured, Adele and ex husband Simon in 2013
Laura Kay, beauty expert from Laura Kay London, said: ‘Like Adele (pictured) and Ben Affleck, loan is sporting a “new relationship glow”’
Adele is now loved-up with American sports agent Rich Paul, and shocked fans across the world when showcasing her svelte figure following her divorce.
Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez has been credited with improving Ben’s style after the two rekindled their romance after nearly 20 years apart.
American Reality TV sensation Kourtney has also transformed her fashion to almost mirror her current partner Travis Barker’s style.
Laura Kay, beauty expert from Laura Kay London, said: ‘Like Adele and Ben Affleck, loan is sporting a “new relationship glow”. His new radiant gleam is evident and perhaps his new love is pampering him in the beauty department with facials and massages.
Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian on September 27, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida
American Reality TV sensation Kourtney has also transformed her fashion to almost mirror her current partner Travis Barker’s style (pictured together)
‘It is common when you date someone new to adapt to his or her lifestyle and it appears to be suiting loan very well. He looks healthier than he has in a long time and is showcasing a tan and a trendy, laid-back hairstyle to express his mood.
Who is Bianca Wallace?
Bianca Wallace was born in Australia in 1992 to Kerryn Hayes, a marketing executive, and Shawn Wallace, a deep-sea game fishing captain.
After discovering her passion for acting, she moved to Brisbane in 2011 to pursue a career on-screen.
She has since starred in the 2020 short film Bloodline.
The film focuses on a witch named Alice, who flees her coven after falling pregnant, with her son struggling to fit in with his family when he realises he doesn’t have the same powers.
She has also had roles in the TV mini-series Relations**t and Loveland, which is in post-production.
Bianca also starred in the Australian drama Harrow as an extra. Ioan had a leading role in the show, which began airing in 2018.
In May, Bianca also celebrated her mother Kerryn’s marriage to her longtime partner John, writing on Instagram he was now ‘officially her dad.’
‘The same goes with Ben Affleck, people claim he looks the best he has ever done now he is back with Jennifer. Fans and friends both say he looks 20 years younger! Similarly, loan is following in Ben’s footsteps and love is giving him the anti-ageing effect.’
Jodie Weston, owner of Oxford Street salon Muse of London, added: ‘Whenever you are finding someone new, you want to look and feel your best so I think this is exactly what Ioan is doing.
‘Yet the celebrity who has had the biggest recent glow-up has to be Adele. Since her breakup with her husband it looks like she is living her best life in full glam, her hair and makeup always look on point. Her hair colour really compliments her complexion.’
Haircare expert Nicole Petty at Milk + Blush suggested it was Ioan’s new locks that were making him appear younger.
‘He appears to have a sun-kissed glow to his typically dark locks. This could have been achieved through exposure to the sun while on a recent getaway. Alternatively, he might have taken a trip to a stylist for some subtle highlights.
‘In terms of styling, not only does his new relationship hair make him appear younger, but he’s taken a much more carefree approach by using fewer products than seen previously.’
While his locks might be improving his looks, award-winning aesthetics and skincare expert Amish Patel of Intrigue Cosmetic Clinic, also suggested he has a ‘youthful glow to his skin’ thanks to appearing ‘visibly relaxed’.
‘Diet and healthy eating have a big part to play when it comes to glowing skin, but that’s not the only crucial element,’ Amish said.
‘Stress can negatively impact our appearances, including our skin, so breaking up with someone may come as a relief and not only remove anxiety but also give the person a renewed sense of vitality and a greater emphasis on self-care and focusing on more “me time” to do things for themself.’