The Circle’s Manrika couples up with Felix as love triangle begins

The Circle welcomed the first couple of the series (Picture: PA)

The Circle has its first couple of the series, after two contestants found romance on the show – but things aren’t quite what they seem.

Wednesday’s show saw Manrika couple up with Felix, not realising he is actually a catfish played by Natalya.

The pair joked about planning their wedding in the episode, after a poetry-based game led to some ‘truths’ being spilled.

There was another twist too, after Syed – played by Hashu – secretly professed his love for Manrika with a romantic poem of his own.

It all came after the remaining contestants were tasked with writing limericks about their fellow players.

‘Felix’ – played by Natalya – left her fellow players shocked after asking Manrika in no uncertain terms if she wanted to couple up.

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Natalya is playing as paratrooper Felix (Picture: Channel 4)

The pair confirmed their virtual romance with a private chat at the end of the episode.

‘I wanted to make an official statement and be as blunt as I possibly could,’ Natalya wrote.

‘Felix, honey, you have no idea what you’re getting yourself into. I’m your Circle cutie,’ Manrika replied.

Hashu declared his feelings for Manrika on Wednesday’s show (Picture: PA)

The pair then agreed to become ‘#circleboyfriend’ and ‘#circlegirlfriend’.

However, one player who won’t have been too pleased is Syed – aka Hashu.

The player bonded with Manrika over a private message earlier in the episode, and he secretly wrote an endearing poem comparing her to a ‘shooting star’, stating his feelings to the cameras and no one else.

Will Manrika be gutted to discover Felix isn’t who he says he is? Will Hashu ever get to tell Manrika how he really feels? Viewers will have to wait to find out.

Meanwhile, Billy was blocked out earlier in the episode and The Circle viewers were shocked to see the fan-favourite removed from the game.

Following James’s dirty tactics, Billy was in the bottom two and was blocked by Andy and Manrika. It meant that James stayed in the game, playing as NHS nurse Gemma, having been made an assassin earlier in the week.

The Circle airs nightly – except Saturdays – at 10pm on Channel 4.

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