Love Island runner ups Gemma Owen and Luca Bish have become the latest couple to split, from this year's edition of the popular ITV2 dating show, but this may not have come as much of a surprise to some eagle-eyed fans.
Dressage rider Gemma, 19, shared the sad news in a statement posted to her Instagram story: "To all my followers, I wanted to let you know that Luca and I are no longer in a relationship. It wasn't an easy decision but ultimately this is what is best for us both right now.
"Many of you have been on this journey with us from the beginning, and I wanted to thank you for your continued support as we start our new chapters."
Luca's solo red carpet appearances
While Gemma and Luca previously appeared side-by-side on the red carpet, including at the Pride of Britain awards, fans recently noticed that former fishmonger Luca, 23, had begun to turn up to events alone.
While his fellow Love Islanders Tasha Ghouri and Andrew Le Page walked the TV Choice Awards red carpet together, Luca appeared alone.
And just one day later he made a second solo appearance, this time on the blue carpet, at the ITV Palooza.
Gemma's Tatler interview
Gemma opened up to Tatler magazine about her life post-Love Island, but left both the publication and readers confused after she didn't mention Luca once.
"…And she has no plans to move to Brighton. In fact, she doesn’t mention the L-word all day. Not ‘love’ – Luca. Is the fishmonger no longer the priority?" the publication questioned.
Since their departure from the villa, fans have been quick to notice the lack of Luca on Gemma's Instagram.
The last time Gemma posted a snap with her now ex-boyfriend was 11 weeks ago, when they first became an official couple.
Even sharing a snap from the Pride of Britain awards, Gemma opted for one of herself alone rather than with her then-beau.
On the other hand, Luca shared a snap of himself and Gemma just one week ago as they spenT Bonfire night together.
Sharing a snap a couple of video clips, he captioned these: "Experiencing another first with you @gemowen_1 – Bonfire night."
Paige's cryptic comments
Following her split from two-time Islander Adam Collard, former paramedic Paige Thorne made bombshell claims that one couple from this year's series was faking their continued relationship.
Appearing on the Saving Grace podcast, Paige, 25, said: "All I'm going to say on this right is there are how many couples left? Three. Three couples left – really there are only two. But that's a secret I'll never tell!"
This led some fans to believe that the couple in question may be Luca and Paige.
At the time, a source close to the couple told The Mirror: "There is lots of talk and rumours about a showmance amongst this year's contestants but it certainly isn't Luca and Gemma that everyone is talking about.
"Luca and Gemma are closer than ever, they don't feel the need to ham it up on social media every day.
"Both have lots going on but they're staying together most nights and when they do have to be apart, they are constantly on the phone with each other."
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