'It's sad... it's got my heart': Stevi Ritchie confirms his two year relationship with Chloe-Jasmine Whichello is over but remains hopeful they will get back together
An emotional Stevi Ritchie has confirmed his two-year relationship with fiancée Chloe-Jasmine Whichello is over.
The former X Factor and Celebrity Big Brother star, 36, made the admission during an appearance at the London Lifestyle Awards, describing the blonde singer, 25, as ‘the love of my life.’
Speaking to The Sun, he said: ‘I find it really hard, it’s really heartbreaking for me and sometimes sobbing is hard but it gets it all out.
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Devastated: An emotional Stevi Ritchie has confirmed his two-year relationship with fiancée Chloe-Jasmine Whichello is over
‘Me and Chloe, we talk and all that. We’re both going through a rough time but hey, you never know what’s around the corner and we might get back together, I don’t know, but we are friends.’
The singer revealed the pair, who met while appearing on The X Factor in 2014, agreed to call off their engagement three weeks ago.
‘I don’t want to well up because I do love her so much,’ he said. ‘I think we’d just come to a mutual agreement and that was that really.
Emotional: The former X Factor and Celebrity Big Brother star, 36, made the admission during an appearance at the London Lifestyle Awards, describing the blonde singer, 25, as ‘the love of my life'
‘It’s sad man. It really is, it gets my heart. It gets your heartstrings, but I’ve got to start being me and again and she’s got to start being her again. You know hopefully we can patch things up, you never know, but I miss her.’
Despite being single Stevi admitted it was too soon to embark on another relationship.
He said: ‘When you truly do feel for someone and you’ve got that one person in your mind it’s hard to go with anyone else and the rebound’s not me.
'I’m 36-years old and I’m getting polder and uglier and I don’t want to have that when I’ve Chloe on my mind. I love her. She’s my diamond.’
It's all over! Chloe-Jasmine Whichello and Stevi reportedly it quits on their relationship after she stood him up on his birthday
Splitsville: Failing to arrive at her Essex beau's birthday bash, Chloe reportedly made matters worse by proceeding to ignore all calls and texts from him regarding her absence
According to The Sun, the X Factor stars relationship came to an end after Chloe failed to turn up to her man's birthday celebration.
An insider told the publication: 'He was absolutely devastated when she stood him up on his birthday even though they had made plans to go out and celebrate.'
'That was almost two weeks ago and he hasn't heard a word from her in that time, he's so upset.'
Elusive: A source said of the disappeared blonde: 'Stevi is also very confused because she hasn’t explained why she was a no-show so now he has just assumed that they are over'
Failing to arrive at her Essex beau's birthday bash, Chloe reportedly then made matters worse by proceeding to ignore all calls and texts from him asking where she was.
The source continued: 'Stevi is also very confused because she hasn’t explained why she was a no-show so now he has just assumed that they are over.'
Since the breakup, a devastated Stevi has been reflecting on his love woes by posting a number of cryptic images on his Instagram page.
One upload depicted a Liam Neeson quote about love, which stated that while 'loneliness' and 'rejection' hurts, 'love is the only thing in this world that does not'.
Devastated: The couple first met on The X Factor in 2014 before becoming engaged and appearing on Celebrity Big Brother together the following year
However he has also shared clips of him performing at The Xtra Factor and the Miss GB Awards for fans, indicating that he is attempting to heal his heartbreak with the permanent love of his life - singing.
Stevi and Chloe first met on The X Factor in 2014 where it was rumoured Chloe had kissed Stevi in the house, despite still being involved with her then-boyfriend Craig Wiffen.
After the show, the pair embarked on their romance in December before becoming engaged the following July, with Stevi bragging that their sex life was 'magical'.
Up and down: However the couple then revealed they were taking a break in April of this year, with Stevi admitting they 'put too much pressure' on their love
However the couple revealed they were taking a break in April this year.
Stevi confessed to The Mirror that they had 'put too much pressure' on their union and the long distance factor had become too difficult.
He said: 'I have been a bit nasty with things I might have said at the time. We all do it. We're all human. [But] we still very much love each other. We're very much in love still.'
Yet after reconciling in June, the pair decided to affirm their relationship with a wedding blessing ceremony in Cyprus.
The blonde admitted the summer 'nuptials' were not legal however, as her parents did not approve of Stevi's financial status.
Explaining the decision, Chloe told OK! magazine: ‘We were going to get married but my family didn’t agree with Stephen not having a house so that’s why we’re not getting married.'
The X Factor couple - who appeared on last year's Celebrity Big Brother together - went on to admit that even close friends and family members questioned whether their unlikely on-off romance was 'a publicity stunt'.
Happier times: The couple appeared on This Morning earlier this year to reveal all about their Cyprus 'wedding blessing ceremony' in July
Revealing their parents didn't attend the formal ceremony, Chloe denied reports of a rift with her relatives on This Morning earlier this year, stating: 'I have an amazing family, they're just incredible.
'We don't know where this comes from but they have said, "You need a house, you need to live together. It could be seen as a publicity stunt". And even some of my mum's friends have said, "Is this real?".'
Stevi - who has a daughter, Summer, from a previous relationship - added: 'My mum and dad and my daughter didn't come either.'
End of an era: The couple had suffered plenty of scrutiny across their relationship about whether it was real, or a publicity stunt
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