Millie Court has insisted "nothing happened" to spark her break-up with Liam Reardon.
The blonde beauty announced earlier this month she had split from her boyfriend just under a year after they won 'Love Island' but she's dismissed speculation Liam - who famously upset Millie when he kissed Lillie Haynes during his stint in Casa Amor on the dating show - had been unfaithful to her and stressed he is "not a bad guy".
She told Fabulous magazine: “It’s not true.
“Because of Casa Amor, people go, ‘Liam’s obviously cheated again,’ and it’s not the case. Nothing happened for us to [break up]. No one cheated.
“It just was a decision that we made because it wasn’t right for us. I want to stick up for Liam and have his back. He’s not a bad guy.”
The 25-year-old star insisted she and Liam still “get on really, really well and have a laugh together”, and she hopes they will stay friends as her own parents did when they split when she was just three years old.
She said: “When they’re in the same room, my dad makes my mum laugh loads and it’s really nice to see that they’re on good terms.
“I’m obviously not totally OK. I’m the best Millie that I can be and going through something that’s not very nice.
“Anyone who goes through a break-up feels the same. We all know what heartbreak feels like.
“Liam is the one person I saw every day who understood the life-changing experiences we were both going through. We can’t just cut things off, and we’ll still support each other in all that we do.”
While Millie's career has taken off since she won the show, landing various endorsement deals and collaborations with ASOS and Puma, Liam hasn't capitalised on his success from the show in the same way, but the former buyers' administrator insisted the difference in their fortunes didn't cause problems in their relationship.
She said: “No, [Liam] was always supportive of me, so we rode through it together and he literally cheered me on with every single thing I did."