Stevi Ritchie DENIES split from Chloe-Jasmine Whichello: 'We're trying to sort things out'

Published Tuesday, Apr 19 2016, 08:02 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Stevi Ritchie has DENIED he's split from fiancée Chloe-Jasmine Whichello but does admit they're taking some time apart for now.

A rep for the couple said yesterday their "busy schedules" had prompted them to part ways temporarily, but a source suggested to The Mirror there had been rowing behind the scenes.

Chloe-Jasmine Whichello and Stevi Ritchie attend Lorraine's High Street Fashion Awards, Soho Sanctum Hotel, London
19 May

© WENN / Lia Toby

Now, Stevi has broken his silence, telling the newspaper the couple are "very much in love" but just taking a breather for now.

Chloe is leaving next week for the Juice Master retreat in Portugal, a favourite among celebrities. Stevi said the time apart will "sort her head out" and help them get things together.

He told The Mirror: "We just have our ups and downs and Chloe has been feeling the pressure too. We've not split, we're just trying to sort our lives out."

The former X Factor star admitted having a long-distance relationship (between Bristol and Essex) was putting pressure on their romance, as was their desire to find a house and move in together.

Stevi Ritchie and Chloe Jasmine spark marriage rumours with a bride and groom selfie on Instagram, 3rd January 2016

© Instagram/thesteviritchie

The couple became engaged last year. Pictured here behind the scenes on a wedding-themed photoshoot.

It's all led to arguments and he confessed: "I have been a bit nasty with things I might have said at the time. We all do it. We're all human. [But] we still very much love each other. We're very much in love still."

He added: "I know we're still in love and we're meant to be."

They met on X Factor in 2014 and struck up a romance, which led to an engagement the following year. They appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in August 2015 as one contestant and finished in fifth place.

CBB Day 27: Chloe and Stevi

© Channel 5

They appeared on CBB last year as one contestant.

Speaking to Chloe in the CBB house in September, Stevi had said: "We were asked to do this as a couple and I had a lot of doubts. It's a big risk. It could either make or break your relationship but you know what for me I thought it would break us but it has made us a lot lot stronger.

"I just love you more and more each day. I wake up next to you, even the smell of our breaths don't matter, even without the make-up and all the glitz and glam of you. I just love waking up to you and I just can't wait until I get married to you and hopefully have a little bubba."

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