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Lisa McLoughlin

Love Island’s Ekin-Su Culculoglu addresses Davide Sanclimenti split for the first time

Love Island star Ekin-Su Culculoglu has broken her silence following her shock split from Davide Sanclimenti.

The reality TV star took to Instagram on Monday to thank her followers for their “kind and supportive” messages over the past two weeks amid her break-up.

Returning to social media, she wrote on her Stories: “Hi everyone, I thought it was time to come back online to thank you so much for all of your messages over the past 2-weeks.

“It has shown me what a kind, supportive, strong community I have behind me.

The ITV2 star took to her Instagram Story on Monday (Instagram/Ekin-Su Culculoglu)

“I took some much-needed time away with my family which has been really special but now it’s time to realign & get back to work.

“I have such an exciting year ahead & I want to fully focus on that. I really appreciate your ongoing support. Thank you for cheering me on. Ekin x”.

Her statement comes amid reports Sanclimenti felt he was in Culculoglu’s “shadow” after she signed a number of lucrative deals with brands.

The Italian native addressed the claims last week on social media and explained how “fake narratives” ultimately impacted their relationship.

He wrote: “The constant creation of fake narratives on a person who was nothing but a genuine, caring and loving boyfriend for her and all he wanted was to enjoy and nurture the beautiful relationship they had.

“And instead we had to deal with ridiculous accusations and fake stories. This over time had a massive impact on my mental health and our relationship.”

The Love Island winners announced their split last month (PA Wire)

The 27-year-old also cleared up reports that he “blindsided” the actress with his Instagram post announcing their split.

The influencer claimed that the ITV2 star was supposed to share the break-up announcement at the exact same time, but decided to “pull out at the last minute”.

And while he didn’t offer an explanation as to why she didn’t, he insisted he “respected her decision not to post”.

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