See how the couple's relationship progressed

Hankies at the ready – as Lucy Mecklenburgh and Louis Smith sadly announce the end of their 14 month relationship, we take a look back at their love story in pictures…

The pair first meet when they both appear on BBC gymnastics show Tumble in August 2014. Pretty contestant Lucy is soon linked to pro partner Billy George but denies that they’re dating.

The reality star, who was previously engaged to former TOWIE co-star Mario Falcone, hooks up with TV presenter Gethin Jones in September 2014 following the end of Tumble. The busy twosome call it quits just two months later though.

SAD NEWS: Lucy Mecklenburgh and Louis Smith SPLIT after 14 months 

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Meanwhile Olympic gymnast Louis, a judge on Tumble, splits from TOWIE’s Pascal Craymer in September 2014 and within a few weeks is said to be seeing Kim Kardashian lookalike Lauren Lamport, but the reputed romance doesn’t last long.

In December 2014 a newly single Lucy Mecklenburgh and Louis Smith are rumoured to have started dating. The couple reportedly enjoy a series of romantic outings including a trip to an ice rink in London’s Canary Wharf. Aww!

It comes despite the fact that 5ft 6in Lucy apparently felt at first that Louis – who measures in at 5ft 10in – was too small for her as she likes a fella to be 6ft 2in. The chemistry between them clearly overrules Lucy’s usual preferences though and they become an item.

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The pair start sharing cute Instagram pictures with each other just after Christmas 2014 and spend New Year’s Eve together at a house party with friends.

Things seem to get serious pretty quickly. Lucy tells her followers that she’s missing her man when they’re apart in early January and writes that she wants his ‘massive hands’ back in England.

Lucy and Louis pose for their first glossy photoshoot together in February 2015 and open up about their romance. Lucy reveals that she trusts Louis ‘completely’ and Louis confesses that it feels like they’ve known each other for ‘ages’. So sweet!

The relationship continues to blossom and they’re soon attending official events as a couple. They also enjoy lots of cosy nights in at home and post adorable selfies snuggled up on the sofa.

Louis Smith melts our hearts in March 2015 when he calls Lucy Mecklenburgh the ‘one thing missing’ from his puzzle. How cute!

Since then they continue to go from strength to strength.

In May they attend the TV BAFTAs together – their first red carpet as a couple – and the next day treat us to a hilarious couple bum-fie!

But in February 2016, the adorable pair sadly called it quits – a source told The Sun that ‘Lucy and Louis wanted different things’.

Check out the gallery above to see Lucy Mecklenburgh and Louis Smith‘s love story in pictures…