Love Island's Ella Barnes and Mitchel Taylor announce split just weeks after leaving villa
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Love Island stars Ella Barnes and Mitchel Taylor have announced their split, just weeks after leaving the villa.
Barnes, 23, shared a statement on Instagram, saying she 'really wanted things to work out' but that their journey had 'come to an end'.
Earlier this month, the couple - who appeared in the latest season of the ITV2 dating show - enjoyed a sunny trip to Folkestone, with Barnes posting a snap of her and Taylor, writing: “Took him to the seaside.”
Taylor shared his own post from Folkestone, joking: “Sheffield’s still better.”
The pair were also spotted together at this year's We Are FSTVL in Essex, which took place over the bank holiday weekend.
However, it seems their time has now come to an end.
While Barnes has not given a reason for their split, she said she hopes that her former flame 'finds his happiness'.
"Hi guys," she wrote in an Instagram Story statement. "Just wanted to come on here and keep you all updated, as you deserve to know as I wouldn't be where I am without you.
"Unfortunately myself and Mitch have decided to end our relationship. I really wanted things to work out and I'm gutted that our journey has come to an end."
She continued: "I wish Mitch all the best and hope he finds his happiness. It's time for both of us to start a new chapter.
"Thank you so much for all the love and support, it means the world to me."
Love Island host Maya Jama, meanwhile, has had heads turning after photos showed her on holiday with Stormzy, sparking rumours the pair were back together.
Indeed, one photo showed the duo holding hands in an apparent confirmation of their reunited love.
Eagle-eyed fans had spotted possible clues that the couple were already 'back together' before they were pictured on holiday.
As she filmed herself sipping a cocktail in a room made of bamboo reeds on Instagram, Stormzy was also pictured on his TikTok account, chilling on a sofa with a very similar bamboo-style roof above his head.
Also the white leather chair that's pictured in Stormzy's post happens to appear in another one of Maya's uploads.
Coincidence? Fans think not.
Taking to social media before the paparazzi pictures were published, one adamant fan commented: "I’m just coming from doing FBI work on Maya’s Insta post and stories and Stormzy’s TikTok.
"It’s the same chair, ceiling and wall ladies and gentlemen."
"I feel like Stormzy & Maya are on holiday together. Please let this be true. They are my fav," added a second.