Love Islands Sammy Root digs at Jess Harding as he breaks silence on split

Sammy Root has confessed that he's in "total shock' following news he has split with his girlfriend and fellow Love Island champ Jess Harding.

In August, the pair stood strong, walking out of Mallorca Villa, with a newfound relationship and £50,000 in their pockets. However, as many couples from the show have found out, life on the outside world is very different to relaxing under the Spanish sun.

Just three months after finding love on the show, the pair have called it quits with their split confirmed on Tuesday (October 3). But sadly, it's rendered Sammy devastated and it seems he wasn't expecting it to end like this.

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With a broken heart, Sammy decided to address the news head-on. Taking to Instagram, he delivered an emotional statement to his 429K followers.

He wrote on his story: "I thought I would come online to address today's news about me and Jess." He then proceeded to inform his fans that the split had come as a major surprise.

The reality star continued: "Yes, we had a private conversation regarding our relationship, but this was left up in the air as Jess is still away, and we haven't had a chance to speak in person," he explained, admitting it was "a total shock" to see the news circulating online that their romance was dead in the water.

Sammy stressed: "To be totally clear – I at least wanted a face-to-face conversation to see if our relationship could be saved and felt this would be the respectful way forward."

He added: "We had the most incredible experience winning Love Island, and I genuinely saw a future with Jess. I was committed and respectful to our relationship. Unfortunately, things don't always work out the way you'd hoped. Despite how this has all played out today, I think Jess is an amazing woman and genuinely wish her all the best."

A source told The Daily Mirror, that Jess decided to call time on things as their spark had fizzled out, saying she: "Realised they're better off as friends." Fans currently await to see what Jess will have to say on the matter.

Alas, they might be twiddling their thumbs for a while, as the ex-islander, has gone on a holiday. The beauty therapist is currently enjoying some time away with her friends in Ibiza.

The news doesn't come as a surprise to the Love Island community, with many eagle-eyed fans realising that they hadn't posted each other on their social media for a couple of weeks. Unsurprisingly, they had started to fear the worst. And now, those concerns have proved valid.

The last time they appeared together publically was during The Sun's Who Cares Gives Awards in London on September 19, where they seemed loved-up as they posed for photos. Just two weeks prior, they attended the National Television Awards, where they claimed the whole Love Island cast was like a 'Big Family' and everyone had been 'Really nice' to them since they emerged as champions.

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