By Daily Mail Reporter
Strung out: Natalie Cassidy finds solace in her cigarette packet during the difficult time of splitting with her fiancé after their domestic dispute
She hit headlines last week after being involved in a domestic dispute, but Natalie Cassidy took her mind off the drama by taking her baby Eliza out for lunch with a friend yesterday.
The former EastEnders star looked pretty in a pink top while showing off her new cropped haircut at a London restaurant.
The 28-year-old stepped out in skin tight white leggings and flat strappy sandals while she clung onto a packet of cigarettes to calm her nerves.
Natalie still appeared to be stressed out over the debacle with her fiancé, who is currently waiting to find out if he is being sent to jail after pleading guilty to hitting her with a slipper and grabbing her by the arms.
The actress found solace in her cigarette packet as she and her eight-month-old baby had a day out in London.
And the actress decided to chop off her long brunette locks for a fresh start with a flattering sharp bob.
Her former fiancé Adam Cottrell, 31, also admitted one offence of criminal damage after smashing a microwave, wine glass and a candelabra at their home.
Doting mother: Natalie took her eight-month-old daughter Eliza out for lunch with a friend in London
Pretty in pink: Natalie looked lovely in a pink top and skin tight white leggings and sandals
Heartbroken Natalie, who played Sonia Fowler on the soap, has now split from Cottrell – the father of her daughter Eliza.
The couple were set to be married later this year, but the actress cancelled the £50,000 ceremony and has booted him out of their £190,000 flat in Broxbourne, Herts.
Their daughter Eliza was born last September and Miss Cassidy’s pregnancy was chronicled on her Channel 4 series Natalie Cassidy: Becoming Mum, in which Cottrell starred with her.
Supportive friends: Natalie was lunching with a girlfriend yesterday in London
Cassidy starred in EastEnders from 1993 to 2007 and returned to the soap briefly last year before becoming engaged to Cottrell last May during a holiday in Italy.
Past times: Natalie Cassidy and former fiancé Adam Cottrell during their show Natalie Cassidy: Becoming Mum