Singer and television star Charlotte Church has said that she asked for her ex Gavin Henson's permission before beginning her relationship with musician Johnny Powell.

According to Heat, Church said that she wanted Henson to know that the romance began well after their split.

She said: "I'd been writing with Johnny for a while but it was a good couple of months after me and Gav split."

"I kind of asked Gav's permission in a way. I said to him, 'I really want you to know that nothing ever went on between me and Johnny while we were still together.' Johnny had a girlfriend when we were first working together and I had Gav."

"I'm not that type of person. I hadn't really noticed any feelings [towards Johnny] at that point."

"When I'm a taken woman, I'm a taken woman. And I've still got a lot of love and respect for Gav."

Speaking about her new relationship, she said: "Johnny's amazing and brilliant but it's early days, and the split with Gav is still raw."

Church and Henson, who split earlier this year, have two children together.