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Everything We Know About Maisie Smith & Max George's Relationship Story

From booting him off Strictly to falling in love in Crete, here's everything you need to know about Maisie Smith and Max George's relationship

Masie Smith and Max George take a selfie - she is in a orange top and he is in a paisley brown shirt

From celebrity engagement rings to celebrity wedding dresses - here at Hitched, we love to watch how A-listers celebrate their nuptials. And one of our favourite celebrity couples right now is Max George and Maisie Smith.

The Wanted singer and EastEnders actress have been dating since 2022, and recently the pair has been hinting at an exciting career move to the US. This potential move overseas has got us wondering - are Max George and Maisie Smith engaged?

While we wait to find out, we've got a full rundown on everything you need to know about the happy couple, their relationship timeline, and what the pair about the Maisie and Max age gap comments. 

How Did Max George and Maisie Smith Meet?

Max George and Maisie Smith met on the set of Strictly Come Dancing, but it wasn't until almost two years later that love started to blossom. All it took was a dance tour, a trip to Portugal and a flight to Crete for the magic to start, and since getting together, the pair haven't looked back since. 

Fans were quick to point out Maisie Smith's age and the 13-year age gap between the pair, but Maisie and George know relationship their relationship better than anyone and are totally loved up. So, if you're wondering "are Max George and Maisie Smith still together?", the answer is yes!

While other couples like Jamie Laing and Sophie Habboo have taken big steps in their relationship over the past few years, these two are taking a leaf out of Sam Thompson and Zara McDermott’s book and are simply enjoying their honeymoon phase - although we hope there'll be some big news coming from them at some point!

Who is Max George?

Max George takes a selfie with a shirt that is unbuttoned

If you're wondering who is Maisie Smith dating, then let us fill you in. Max George is a singer and is best known for his time in the band The Wanted. He was born in September 1988 and is 36 years old.

He's known for his music career, but it wasn't always singing that dominated Max's career. Max actually started out as a footballer, playing for Preston North End. He was actually on cusp of signing a two-year footballing deal before suffering an injury which brought those plans to a halt.

Deciding to turn his attention to music, Max auditioned for The X Factor in 2005, which was Shayne Ward's winning season. Although he got three yeses, he didn't make it to the live shows.

Max then joined boyband The Avenue who auditioned together in 2006 - they made it to the final 12 but were later disqualified after it became known that the band had been put together for the show and were previously signed to a record label. 

Continuing to pursue music, Max then joined The Wanted in 2009, along with Siva Kaneswaran, Nathan Sykes, Jay McGuiness and the late Tom Parker. The band were successful with a number of hits including All Time Low and Glad You Came, but announced a break in 2014. Max then went solo in 2018, releasing two singles in two years. 

Max then returned to our screens on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, where he and his pro partner Dianne Buswell were the third to leave the competition after losing in a dance-off between them and fellow contestant Maisie Smith, who would later become Max George's girlfriend. 

After the show, Max proceeded to take part in the Strictly Come Dancing Tour, as well as reuniting with his bandmates for a reunion tour, which was then followed by the band's Inside My Head tour which was put together by bandmate Tom Parker to raise awareness about brain tumour cancer, which he later lost his life to in 2022. 

Who is Maisie Smith? 

Masie Smith wears a grey hoodie and light jeans in front of a road sign that says Albert Square

Maisie Smith is a British actress who is best known for her role playing Tiffany Butcher on BBC soap EastEnders.

Maisie was born in July 2001 and is 23 years old. She joined the cast of EastEnders in 2008 when she was just seven years old, and was a much-loved member of the cast until 2014 when she left. However, much to fans excitement, she Maisie re-joined the cast as a full-time member in 2018 after four years away from the soap, but later left again in 2021. 

During her time in EastEnders, Maisie was awarded Best Dramatic Performance from a Young Actor or Actress at The British Soap Awards in 2009 - but EastEnders isn't the only place you'll have seen her face. In 2008, Maisie starred as Elizabeth I in The Other Boleyn Girl. 

In September 2020, BBC announced that Maisie Smith would be taking part in series 18 of Strictly Come Dancing, pairing up with fan-favourite pro, Gorka Marquez. Unlike her soon-to-be-boyfriend Max, Maisie stayed in the competition right until the very end and placed second alongside Jamie Laing, Hrvy and their pros. It was Bill Bailey and pro partner Oti Mabuse who took the crown on this series.

Maisie was asked to take part in the Strictly tour in 2021, where she and Max eventually became an item. It was announced that Maisie would be making her debut in musical theatre, taking part in Strictly Ballroom: The Musical, playing the role of Fran. 

Maisie Smith & Max George's Relationship

Max George and Maisie Smith lie in bed together on top of rose petals with their arms around each other

Max George and Maisie Smith first became known to each other while competing together on the eighteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing. The couple didn't spend much time together, as Max left the competition in week three - and, fun fact, it was actually Maisie and her partner Gorka who sent him home in a dance off. Clearly, there were no hard feelings!

The couple were later reunited when they were both invited to take part in the Strictly Come Dancing Tour, where they grew closer. In summer 2022, the whole group then jetted off for a Strictly Come Dancing cast holiday to Portugal. 

After the group trip, Maisie and Max then flew off to Crete for a mini holiday of their own, and were spotted kissing on their flight out there in August 2022., sparking fans to wonder: are Maisie Smith and Max George dating?. 

The answer of course was yes, and today they've been solid for so long that some fans ask "who is Max George's wife?", or "who is Maisie Smith's husband?" without realising that the couple has yet to tie the knot. 

Maisie Smith and Max George's Age Gap

Max George wears a grey beanie in a hot tub with Maisie Smith who is in a zebra bikini kissing

You might be wondering how old Maisie Smith is, as well as Max George's age.

Since getting together, there's been a lot of negative press and social chatter about Maisie Smith's age, with fans worrying about how old Max George is - but the pair (and their families!) have hit back plenty of times, assuring the public that age is not a concern for either of them - and let's face it, their relationship is clearly going the distance.

Speaking to The Sun about Maisie and Max's age gap a couple of years ago, she said, "People don’t understand what goes on behind closed doors in a relationship, and I think they also forget that I’m a consenting 21-year-old woman who’s actually been working longer than Max! 

“I don’t notice the age difference and neither do my friends or family. My mum Julia is the one who reads through all the comments. I got a message from her yesterday, saying: ‘Just ignore them, you two were made for each other.’

"I think that just puts it into perspective. I really don’t care what a random person thinks of my relationship when everyone I do care about is incredibly supportive. I’ve been in the business long enough to know you have to have a thick skin.”

The couple have since moved in with each other and have spoken about next steps, with Maisie claiming they have 'so many plans for their future'. 

Sweet! While we can’t be sure if a proposal is coming anytime soon, one thing’s certain - this is a couple very much in love. So, we can’t help but wonder… what would Maisie Smith and Max George’s wedding look like? 

Hitched Predicts: Maisie Smith and Max George's Wedding

There are plenty of celebrity weddings we're excited about, and if Maisie and Max were to tie the knot, theirs would be no exception. We've decided to give them a helping hand and plan a wedding for them, based on what we think they'd love. 

So if you've been wondering if Max George and Maisie Smith are engaged, then you'll love our wedding predictions for the happy couple. Between them, the pair shares a background on television and on stage, so we know that they love to perform. 

Plus, they both went on Strictly Come Dancing, so it’s safe to wager that great music, dancing and some sparkle would be key components of their big day!

The Venue: Colshaw Hall

A long table dressed for a wedding breakfast in Colshaw Hall, a sage green conservatory

Although Maisie Smith - Max George's girlfriend and potential wife - is originally from Southend-on-Sea, the pair live together in Max’s hometown of Manchester. Having revamped their stunning property earlier this year, it’s clear that this city holds a special place in their hearts. 

Their once colourful home was originally filled with floral wallpaper and eccentric furniture, but has now been replaced with neutral tones, statement pieces and pale pink interiors.

To match the couple’s sophisticated new style, we decided that Maisie Smith and Max George’s ideal wedding venue would be Colshaw Hall

Located just outside of Manchester in Cheshire, this beautiful Grade II Hall ticks all of the couple’s boxes. The stunning marble flooring and oak beans fit perfectly with the pair’s chic aesthetic, and boasts three reception rooms, seven luxurious en-suite bedrooms, a games den, and even a plush pamper room that Maisie and her bridesmaids could use to get ready in style.

We picture the couple taking their wedding photographs in front of the breathtaking view of the lake, whilst their guests roam the sprawling grounds.

Best of all, the venue can sleep up to 50 guests in the courtyard cottages, eco-lodges and the Hunter’s Lodge, so there’s plenty of room for their friends from Strictly Come Dancing, EastEnders, and Max’s old bandmembers. 

If The Wanted ever plan to reunite, then this would be a perfect opportunity! After all, there’s nothing like a live band…

The Entertainment: Hooked & Acrobat Productions

Group picture of the Hooked Live Party Band members sitting on a sofa, holding their instruments

On the subject of live music, let’s talk about entertainment. The pair share a showbiz background, and considering they met on the set of Strictly Come Dancing, we can see the pair splashing out on some star-studded live performers. 

But if a reunion from The Wanted isn’t on the horizon, Manchester still has plenty of talented acts on offer. For Maisie and George, we think Hooked Live Party Band would be a perfect choice for their wedding day. 

The five-piece collective of professional musicians can do it all, from 70’s classics to 00’s hits. As the happy couple love to take the spotlight, we can picture them performing a dance number or two from their time on Strictly Come Dancing with the help of the The Hooked Live Party Band. Then, when the party really kicks off, the band is equipped with a full DJ team to get all the guests on their feet.

One thing that you might not know about Maisie Smith, is that before she appeared on EastEnders, she used to love gymnastics. She’s still a keen fitness fanatic, often posting pictures from her time in the gym or heading to a workout class. For this reason, we think that Maisie would love having Acrobat Productions perform at her wedding! 

With an impressive client list including the BBC, Rolls Royce and Victoria Beckham, Acrobat Productions is experienced when it comes to entertaining the rich and famous. The group puts on a jaw-dropping performance, filled with creative costumes, acrobatics, daring choreography and remarkable visual performances. And who knows - perhaps Maisie could jump on stage and show off her own moves? 

The Wedding Dress: Sassi Holford

Sassi Holford Marni Wedding Dress inspiration for Maisie Smith wedding, strapless ballgown

When it comes to celebrity wedding dresses, there’s no one better than Sassi Holford. With over forty years of experience in making bespoke bridal gowns, Sassi is a pro at creating dazzling red carpet styles for international starts, building her an impressive client list - and we think Maisie Smith would be a perfect new addition! 

Located in West London, the boutique is only an hour or so away from Maisie’s hometown in Essex. We can imagine Maisie heading to London with her mum and closest friends from Southend-On-Sea to choose her dress, and this boutique is close enough for a magical day out. 

On the red carpet, Maisie Smith is often photographed wearing figure-hugging dresses with gorgeous embellishments like lace and sequins. She’s also a fan of a strapless bodice, so we think this style stocked at Sassi Holford would be the perfect inspiration for the Strictly finalist’s dream dress. 

The Catering: Coriander Group

Indian taco canape for wedding food by Coriander Group

Not much is publicly known about Maisie Smith’s favourite food, except that she loves to snack on raw lettuce when she’s hungover… bizarre! But fans of Max George might remember that he participated in Celebrity Masterchef back in 2023, so we know that the singer isn’t a total stranger to the kitchen.

Max George has revealed that he likes to experiment in the kitchen by making curries, chilli con carne, and his all-time favourite pudding: syrup sponge with custard!

An eclectic menu, but not an impossible one. We think that Manchester-based catering company, Coriander Group, would be able to tick every box on Max George’s dream wedding menu as they specialise in creating a fusion menu of different cuisines, including Indian and Mexican, like Indian tacos!

Renowned for offering a wide range of traditional and contemporary Indian platters, the team’s sample menu includes an Old Delhi Style Butter Chicken and Tinda Masala that would definitely satisfy the groom’s love for rich curries. 

Plus, the Coriander Group prides itself on offering customisable fusion options, so it may be able to come up with a creative twist on his beloved British pudding.

The Flowers: The Feel Good Florist 

Flower display for a wedding in front of top table, wild and tall stem arrangement from The Feel Good Florist

On her 21st birthday, Maisie Smith was photographed after performing for Strictly Presents: Keeeep Dancing in Eastbourne. The star was carrying two gorgeous bouquets of flowers containing white lilies, eucalyptus, pink roses and gypsophila. 

Maisie looked thrilled with the rustic bouquets overflowing with pink and green stems, so we're confident that The Feel Good Florist in Manchester would do a wonderful job at decorating Maisie and Max’s big day. From buttonholes to bridal bouquets, this florist prides itself on bringing a sense of wild elegance to every couple’s special day.

So there you have it - our wedding predictions for Maisie Smith and Max George’s wedding. For more celebrity wedding insights, check out Olivia Bowen’s favourite wedding vendors in the UK.