Sad times for the Love Island winners

A lot of relationships formed in the public eye don’t seem to last forever – and sadly for Love Island winners Cara De La Hoyde and Nathan Massey, the sun has finally set on their 10-month romance.

The pair, who lived in Essex together, were rumoured to have split over the weekend, and has now been confirmed by Nathan in a heartfelt Instagram post, in which he wishes her the best for the future.

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Former carpenter Nathan took to social media on Wednesday afternoon to address the rumours – and, we assume, break the hearts of thousands of fans:

The worst feeling in the world is when you know that you both love each other , but still you can't be together ! Me and Cara have split, we've had the summer of our lives together , but sadly come to a end , I wish her the best for the future 💔

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‘The worst feeling in the world is when you know that you love each other, but still you can’t be together!’ he began his caption to a picture showing him walking down the road, pained expression on his face.

‘Me and Cara have split, we’ve had the summer of our lives together, but sadly come to [an] end, I wish her the best for the future.’

Cara and Nathan attended red carpet events together regularly (Photo by Startraks Photo/REX/Shutterstock)

Though the specific reasons behind the split are unknown as of yet, there’s a chance we may be able to find out on an upcoming episode of TOWIE: Nathan was shown turning up to film supporting scenes for the ITVBe show on Wednesday with good friend Tommy Mallet.

As well as a number of holidays – including couples’ retreats with engaged Love Island runner-ups Olivia Buckland and Alex Bowen – the couple also shared a puppy.