And with the soap hunk sharing secret dates with his dance partner Natalie Lowe, 29, it certainly seems so.
He tells Now: 'Whenever we have a spare minute, which is not very often, we'll go out for dinner and try to unwind. I'm happy when I see her happy. She's the best.'
Ricky admits to being nervous when he was recently introduced to Natalie's parents, who were over from Australia. They had a meal together along with his aunt, who'd flown in from Jamaica, at the Big Blue Hotel in Blackpool - but, tellingly, they arrived and left separately.
Ricky, who turns 28 this week, won't confirm the romance and a Hollyoaks spokesman says: 'There is absolutely no relationship between Ricky and Natalie.'
But the on-screen chemistry between the pair and the way he speaks about his dance partner tell a different story.
'I have the best dance partner,' Ricky gushes. 'I mean, everyone's biased and loves their partner, but I honestly believe she's the best.'
Friends blame Ricky's split from Carley, 27, on a tabloid story linking him to a busty brunette last month.
All Ricky will say is: 'I don't want to go into that - it's personal. I just want to stick to Hollyoaks and let the rest speak for itself.'
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