The reality TV star jetted to the other side of the world to attend a fitness retreat amid tensions between the pair after a video of emerged of Collard with his arm around a mystery woman in a McDonald’s went viral.
The clip sparked allegations of cheating – something the reality TV star has since vehemently denied, claiming the woman in question was a fan.
According to the Newcastle native, the clip put “a strain on the relationship” and things became “more tense and distant” between them after he landed in Bali.
Collard claimed that he and Thorne then called time on the “second or third day” into his trip – and insisted that he only kissed the mystery brunette at the end of his two-week break.
He told The Mirror: “I was in Bali for over 14 days. It was literally the last night and I’m human to be honest.
“Maybe this isn’t the right way to go on but, I was probably upset and it sounds quite...
“I was probably upset the relationship broke down. And, call me an idiot, maybe I am an idiot but, maybe that was my way of just trying to ignore my feelings,” he added.
“Since I’ve been home, it’s now I’m probably processing it a little bit more but I feel like that’s kind of what a lot of people do. I was out there and I was probably just trying to distract myself.”
On Wednesday, Collard addressed his split from Thorne for the first time after she accused him of cheating.
The Love Island finalist said he “holds his hands up” after being filmed flirting with other girls on nights out while dating the paramedic but said his actions were “all misinterpreted” and that he was simply taking photos with fans after a personal appearance in McDonald’s.
In October, Thorne addressed their romance coming to an end just two months after they left the ITV2 villa together, amid cheating allegations.
Aside from the McDonald’s clip, she also claimed Collard was pictured partying in Ibiza looking particularly close to another girl at a pool party.
Speaking on the Saving Grace podcast, she said: “I’m single – living my best life. No I’m kidding, it’s been a really s**t time.”