Love Island star Luca Bish has broken his silence after Gemma Owen announced they had "split" up only three months after the show ended.
The former couple, who met and fell in love on the ITV2 series, were runners up during this year's series.
Following 19 year old Gemma's post on Instagram, Luca, 23,has now told his fans his side of the story.
"Switched my phone back on after taking some time out to clear my head after an emotional afternoon to thousands of messages and news articles about my breakup," he said.
The star went on to say he would have liked "some time" to process the decision "privately" after he and Gemma mutually chose to go their "separate ways" earlier today.
"We have been on such a journey together and have made some amazing memories which I will treasure," the star said.
The star went on to say he "can't thank everyone enough for their support" for him and Gemma as a couple, both during and after Love Island.
"We will remain good friends and I wish nothing but the best for her," the former fishmonger added.
Gemma's own statement echoed that of her ex, as she told her followers it hadn't been an "easy decision" to part ways.
She wrote: "To all my followers, I wanted to let you know that Luca and I are no longer in a relationship.
"It wasn't an easy decision but ultimately this is what is best for us both right now."
"Many of you have been on this journey with us from the beginning, and I wanted to thank you for your continued support as we start our new chapters," the equestrian added.
It comes as only a couple of months ago, the former couple were excited to move in together and get a dog.
“We’d like a dog. The first thing we’ll get when we move out is a dog,” Luca revealed told OK! in September.
“We will get one,” confirmed Gemma at the time.
Gemma's announcement comes after a source told Mail Online that apparently Luca and Gemma's relationship wasn't the same outside the villa.
Despite the sad Love Island news, winners Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti, who swiftly became fan-favourites in the villa this year, seem to be growing closer and closer by the day.
Regularly writing gushing posts about each other on Instagram, and set for a Turkish-Italian road trip on ITV2, it doesn't seem the pair will be hitting the rocks any time soon.
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