Just hours after their shock split TOWIE's Ferne McCann poured her heart out to Now

It’s been a sad weekend for TOWIE‘s Ferne McCann since her boyfriend of six years, Charlie Sims, dumped her on Thursday after giving her the shock ultimatum: ‘It’s me or TOWIE.’

And the first Ferne knew that their relationship was over was when he Tweeted about it.

Just hours after Charlie, 23, ended things in a dramatic series of Tweets, Ferne told us why she chose TOWIE over her man. And she hits back at him for saying: ‘Don’t run to Twitter and don’t try to control my life.’

Breaking down in tears in a Now exclusive, Ferne,24, tells us: ‘I’m devastated. I’m in shock more than anything. Today’s been a complete whirlwind. I’ve been up and down, I’ve been crying. I know I’m a tough cookie on the outside but I’m heartbroken.’

Ferne admits she was was completely blindsided by Charlie’s decision. She says: ‘As far as I’m concerned, things have been amazing. Up until this morning, he was the man I wanted to marry tomorrow. Now I just don’t know.’

She adds: ‘I felt that after last Wednesday’s episode people were digging me out unnecessarily and Charlie and I were texting that night after the show. He said: “This isn’t good for anyone.” We had a little row, but left it on a good note and arranged to go for breakfast the next morning.

‘Then, out of the blue, first thing on Thursday he gave me this ultimatum, saying: “It’s me or the show.”.’

Ferne reveals she didn’t even know he had decided to quit the show, and reckons he acted on impulse and will regret his actions.

‘I don’t think he’s thinking straight,’ Ferne says. ‘I think he’ll regret those Tweets.’

Charlie, who has fallen out with his sister Chloe on the ITV Be show, took to Twitter on Thursday to reveal he’d quit the programme and hinted he’d split with Ferne. An hour later Now confirmed it was official and the childhood sweethearts had ended their six-year relationship.

He wrote: ‘So sad to not loose one.. But two people you love dearly to a TV show. Everyone can point the finger at me.. But I have morals. And dignity And some sort of self respect. I wish ‪@Chloe_Sims and ‪@fernemccann the best with their lives. But always live knowing you chose the show.. And finally to the ‪@OnlyWayIsEssex .. I won’t be taking part anymore.

‘It’s Time to grow up and move on. Wish everyone the best on the show!’

Despite being completely inconsolable, Ferne has no idea if she even wants to repair the damage and is instead coming to terms with the prospect that perhaps the pair are better apart now as she believes it’s clear they want different things in life.

TOWIE‘s my job at the end of the day – it’s my career. His behaviour has made me question the future. Now I think we want different things in life,’ says Ferne. ‘He was my everything and now it looks like that isn’t going to happen anymore and I have to re-evaluate my life. It’s really upsetting.’

Read Ferne McCann‘s full interview in this week’s Now magazine dated 23 March 2015 – download the digital edition now!

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