Ex EastEnders stars Ben Hardy and Jessica Plummer split as they grew apart

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    Former EastEnders stars Ben Hardy and Jessica Plummer have reportedly split after 18 months of dating – as they spent too much time apart.

    The pair, who separately appeared on the long-running BBC soap started dating in 2021 after meeting on the set of TV drama The Girl Before.

    The 32 year Bohemian Rhapsody actor appeared to be enjoying his blossoming romance with Jessica, 30, when they celebrated his 31st birthday six months late with a trip to Turkey.

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    But a source has claimed the couple have since "grown apart".

    An insider told the Mirror: "Ben and Jessica were besotted with each other but work has meant they spent a lot of time apart.

    "Over time it’s taken its toll and recently they decided to call it a day."

    Daily Star has contacted both Jessica and Ben's representatives for comment.

    Ben's acting breakthrough came with EastEnders meanwhile Jessica enjoyed success with her girl group Neon Jungle before playing Chantelle Atkins in the BBC soap from 2019 to 2020.

    In 2020, Jessica also appeared on the Welsh version of I’m A Celebrity before she took on the role of Emma Matthews in BBC drama The Girl Before, where she met Ben.

    Speaking about her relationship status on I'm A Celeb before she met her fellow EastEnders actor, the mother of one revealed that she was focused on her career.

    She said: "No, no. I am very happy with my life as it is at the moment. I think I'm concentrating on my staff and my career and being a mom to Noa.

    "Definitely not where my head is at…. but good luck to anyone that does have that agenda. Nothing wrong with it."

    Ben had recently split from actress Olivia Cooke, while Jessica was also single after ending a long-term relationship when the pair met.

    Rumours began circulating about the pair's romance and they later confirmed that they were in fact seeing each other at the time.

    But while sharing information about their relationship, the source said the actors decided to call their romance off just after Christmas, with Jessica unfollowing Ben on social media.

    Since the rumoured breakup Ben has thrown himself into a lead role for gritty new film Unicorns.

    Meanwhile Jessica is appearing alongside Amber Anderson and Tamsin Egerton in romantic drama Tell That to the Winter Sea.

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