Geri Halliwell looks delighted as 'old friend' Louis Buckworth plays dad to daughter Bluebell on holiday
14:56 GMT, 19 June 2012
She's never publicly acknowledged the identity of her daughter's father, but Geri Halliwell was more than happy for close friend Louis Buckworth to play dad to Bluebell during a recent holiday to Bermuda.
The trio looked very close and content as they played on the sand and in the sea together.
Nightclub entrepreneur Buckworth, 28, appeared to have a relaxed relationship with Bluebell as he scooped her up in his arms, the six-year-old giggling in delight.
Three's company: Geri Halliwell is pictured with daughter Bluebell and Louis Buckworth in Bermuda
Getting close: The 28-year-old entrepreneur appears to have a good relationship with Bluebell
Geri showed off her fantastic figure in a pretty white bikini with a blue floral design and frilly bottoms.
Geri, who recently had a stint as a judge on the X Factor, was pictured grinning happily as she chatted with Louis.
The pair, who have known each other for ten years, are widely reported to be an item, however sources close to Halliewell insist they are just 'good friends'.
Just friends The pair were first pictured looking close seven months ago, but Geri's camp insist they're just good friends
Flirty and frilly: Geri wore a cute bikini with a blue floral design and ruffled bottoms
Geri and Louis were first spotted together
at a church service back in December.
Buckworth, a former lawyer, runs the Firehouse bar and restaurant in South Kensington.
Geri has known the society gentleman for some time, even attending his wedding to childhood sweetheart Chloe Delevigne in 2007.
Fun in the sun: The duo played on the sand with Geri's daughter and enjoyed a dip in the sea
New romance: Geri and Louis were first linked when they attended a carol service at St Pauls Church in Knightsbridge in December
Moving on: Geri attended Louis' 2007 wedding to Chloe Delevigne (pictured in 2008)
The marriage lasted just 17 months, after Chloe deserted her husband for his former friend, property figure Ed Grant, who used to be a lodger at their home in South London.
At the time, Buckworth told the Daily Mail:'It’s hard for me to utter his name. He was my best friend, my closest pal but, needless to say, that is no longer the case.'
On their first public outing together, Halliwell and Buckworth attended a carol service at St Paul's in Knightsbridge, the same church where he was married five years prior.
Halliwell split from boyfriend of two years Henry Beckwith in September. Buckworth dated actress Shirley Leigh-Wood Oakes in 2009.
Screenwriter Sacha Gervasi has been widely reported to be Bluebell's father, but Geri has never publicly acknowledged his paternity.