It was “basically over before it even began”
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Love Island stars Deji Adeniyi and Lacey Edwards have reportedly 'split' following accusations that the Casa Amor bombshell slept with islander Coco Lodge. Their break up comes just days after the pair appeared alongside their fellow Islanders on the chaotic ITV2 reunion show on Sunday, August 7.
The reality TV stars both appeared on this year’s series of the dating show, and struck up a romance on-screen after instantly hitting it off with one another. But it appears their love story is to be a short-lived one – as sources claim the pair are "are no longer seeing each other" – with Deji's alleged night with Coco being the "last straw" for Lacey, as seen in The Mirror.
They added to The Sun that it was "basically over before it even began" because the two stars failed to even go on a date. The insider claims: “Everyone could tell it was awkward between them at the Reunion after Lacey delivered some home truths. Now they've called it quits and are no longer seeing each other.
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"Lacey didn't want to force something that wasn't meant to be and then the rumours about Deji and Coco were the final straw between them." Days before the split, Lacey revealed hopes that Deji would take her on a date but admitted the pair had struggled to spend time together since leaving the villa.
Lacey explained to the Mirror: "Me and Deji are FaceTiming and talking every day. It was so nice to see him at the wrap party.
"We really wanna carry on things but right now we're just on different paths. He's at one event and I'm at one event and we're trying – it was so good to see him on Monday. We're still talking and I'll see him tomorrow so many when things calm down a bit.
"I said to him: 'You haven't taken me on a date yet, come on!' But going from that intense environment dating so intensely to coming out to the normal world where it slows down it makes it really strange but I'm hoping he'll take me out soon."
Deji, 25, was one of the six bombshells to make their on-screen debut during Casa Amor week and was picked to stay by finalist Indiyah Polack, while Lacey entered the Spanish villa shortly afterwards. Their time on the ITV show came to an end when they were one of the couples voted 'least compatible' – something which led to them packing their bags and heading home early.
Amid speculation of their break-up on Tuesday, both Lacey and Deji kept busy updating their fans on their post-show activities in a series of Instagram Stories. Lacey enjoyed a Q&A with her online fans – admitting to being a big fan of rapper Jack Harlow and sharing snaps of her gym session – while Deji also enjoyed a workout and caught up with some friends.
During Sunday night's Love Island reunion special, fans 'cringed' as the couple appeared to have a few awkward exchanges during their interview. As Aftersun co-host Darren Harriott approached Lacey and Deji to quiz them on the progression of their love story, viewers could almost hear a pin drop in the studio as things got awkward at a rapid speed.
Darren said: "You guys look good together. You still going strong?" To which an awkward Deji replied: "Yeah, I mean, obviously… we've both been very busy so, she's obviously pissed I haven't taken her on a first date kind of thing."
"What are you doing? Get your act together," Darren clapped back before Lacey offered up some home truths. The riled-up bombshell slammed Deji for his lack of interest as she hit out at his behaviour since the pair were booted from the show.
"You make time for people if you want to, right?" Lacey savagely replied. Darren then asked Lacey if it was 'hard' to date someone like Deji, 'who is famously known for wanting problems'.
To which she replied: "At the moment, he's giving me problems. It's been so different since coming out of the villa. It was so intense in the villa, and we both really are two very chill people. I think maybe we're both being too chill right now."
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Love Island couple reportedly 'split' following chaotic ITV reunion show – Nottinghamshire Live
It was “basically over before it even began”