LOVE Island winner Sammy Root has broken his silence after his shock split from Jess Harding.
The 22-year-old released a statement on social media just hours after it was announced that he and Jess had gone their separate ways.
Sammy shared a post on Instagram this evening confirming that the news had surprised him.
He wrote: “Hi guys, I thought I would go online to address today’s news about me and Jess. Yes, we had a private conversation about our relationship, but that remained in limbo since Jess is still away and we haven’t had a chance to speak in person.
“It was a complete shock for me to find out today through the media that we have officially separated.”
Sammy continued: “To be clear, I wanted at least a face-to-face conversation to see if our relationship could be salvaged and felt this would be a respectful way forward.”
“We had the most incredible experience winning Love Island and I really saw a future with Jess. I was committed and respectful of our relationship. Unfortunately, things don’t always work out as hoped.”
He concluded the statement by saying, “Despite everything that has unfolded today, I think Jess is a great woman and sincerely wish her all the best.”
This was announced by a source close to the couple The email earlier today: “They are better off as friends.”
Jess flew to the party island of Ibiza at the weekend where she was with her friends.