X Factor star Stevi Ritchie has confirmed his engagement to fellow reality TV star Chloe-Jasmine Whichello is off for the first time.
Appearing at an awards bash, Stevi was interviewed and asked about the rumours surrounding his relationship with Chloe, to which he gave a heartbreaking reply.
Admitting he still loves his ex-fiancée, the 36 year old opened up on the conversation that saw the couple split, saying ‘We came to a mutual agreement and that was that. But who knows, we may get back together in the future. If not then it wasn’t meant to be. It’s sad, it’s got my heart.’
Struggling to control his emotions, Stevi continued to praise Chloe, who he should have married in July, ‘It’s hard. I love Chloe. She has been the love of my life for two years.
‘I miss her greatly. She’s an amazing woman. She’s very beautiful. I’m lucky that I have her still, as friends. She’s even said it, as much as it’s heart-breaking, we’re friends.
‘Now we’re not romantically involved, I find it hard, heartbreaking for me. Sobbing is hard but it lets it all out. But me and Chlo, we still talk, we are both going through a rough time.’
Although coming to the end of his relationship, Stevi has admitted that dating is not on the cards yet, ‘I am not going to go on dates. When you truly do feel for someone and you have that one person on your mind, it’s hard to go with anyone else. A rebound is not me. I’m 36 and I’m getting older and uglier, and I think to myself I don’t want to have that when I have her on my mind.
‘I love Chloe, she’s my diamond. I love her. I need to sort my head out concentrate on my daughter and see my family.’
The pair met on Simon Cowell’s ITV talent show back in 2014 and have been dating ever since, even appearing in Celebrity Big Brother together.
Back in April an official spokesperson for Chloe told The Mirror; ‘Chloe and Stevi are taking a break due to busy work schedules.’
At the time Stevi shared his side of the story, telling the newspaper that there was ‘pressure’ on the relationship but they were ‘still together’.
Known for being vocal when it comes to matters of the heart, Stevi explained that long-distance was causing a strain for the couple; ‘Me and Chloe, we don’t see each other much as it is. We live in totally opposite ends of the country.’
Stevi has been based at his home in Colchester, Essex while Chloe is in Bristol.
He added; ‘When we do see each other we can argue. I can say things and she gets upset… we were putting too much pressure on ourselves and we want to get a house really. We just need to be honest with ourselves.’
But the singer confirmed that the pair were ‘still together’ and his fiancée would be going to a juice retreat for the next week; ‘Just to sort her head out and get things together.
‘We have our ups and downs and Chloe is feeling the pressure too. We’ve not split, we’re just trying to sort our lives out.
‘We’re both quite insecure people and we can be argumentative and bad tempered. We do have disagreements and have shouted.’
Celebrity Big Brother audiences are well aware of the couple’s argumentative side as they made their relationship public in the house and had repeated fallouts during their time on the show.