Three months after winning Love Island, Sammy Root breaks his silence on split from Jess Harding

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 Root has broken his silence following his split from Jess Harding


Sammy Root has broken his silence following his split from Jess HardingPhoto credit: Doug Seeburg
The couple won Love Island just three months ago


The couple won Love Island just three months agoPhoto credit: ITV2

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.

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