Maria Fowler has confirmed that she is no longer in a relationship with Lee Croft.
The former TOWIE star swapped life in Essex for Perth in Scotland, as she moved to be with Lee when he joined St. Johnstone FC earlier this year.
But she has been left devastated after the footballer realised he wasn’t ready to settle down.
Maria is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying: “It's been a really tough time for me.
“I changed my whole life to be with Lee and moved up to Scotland to be with him when he was signed by St Johnstone on loan.
“I thought we were going to spend the rest of our lives together but Lee is not ready to settle down yet.
“I am back in Essex planning the next stage of my career.”
The 25-year-old confirmed the news on Twitter yesterday evening, telling fans: “Can confirm that me and lee have split after many tears and talks from both,it was unfortunately decided that the only option was to split x [sic]”
She later added: “I am hurting so much.”
When stv.tv filmed with Maria for mini series MaWay: Maria Fowler’s Guide to Perth, earlier this year, the couple seemed completely smitten with each other and Maria credited Lee with helping her get through the ‘lowest point’ in her life, when press reports suggested she used to work as a high-class escort.
She said: “I’m quite lucky I’ve come through it, but I think it was my family and my boyfriend that helped me.”
She also spoke about how she met Lee in Marbella and her desire to be with ‘Crofty’ for the rest of her life.
While Perth’s hotspots are sure to miss the glamorous girl around town, Maria has big plans up her sleeve to make a TV comeback, rumoured to be in talks for both Celebrity Big Brother and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here.
For now, she is doing as all good Essex girls do in a crisis – heading to Marbella for some sun, sea and sangria.