GEMMA Owen and Luca Bish’s relationship hit the skids because they struggled with living 200 miles apart.
The pair split their time between Brighton, where Luca lives, and north Wales where Gemma lives with her family.
But despite initially discussing moving in together it eventually became too much.
A source said: “Gemma and Luca went from living together for weeks on Love Island and seeing each other every day, to being hundreds of miles apart.
“It would put any relationship under strain. In the end it just became too difficult. They did discuss moving in together, but Gemma isn’t at a stage in her life where she really wants to move away from north Wales. She loves it there and Luca also loves his life in Brighton.
“It’s sad but they’ve parted on really good terms and they will definitely be keeping in touch and staying friends.
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"Gemma’s family, including Michael, really liked Luca and are sad that things didn’t work out but they’ve rallied round to support Gem.
"It’s likely they will all go abroad for Christmas which is something Gemma is looking forward to. It will give her the chance to reset and look forward to 2023 because she has big plans.
"She wants to develop her fashion and clothing line, and there is also interest from TV producers about programmes.
"Love Island has opened so many doors for Gemma and she doesn’t regret going on. Not least because she met Luca who she had an amazing few months with and who she made memories with that she will always cherish.”
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Gemma, who is the daughter of footballer Michael Owen, announced the split on Instagram on Wednesday evening.
She wrote: "I wanted to let you know that Luca and I are no longer in a relationship. It wasn’t an easy decision but ultimately this is what is best for both of us right now.
"Many of you have been on this journey with us from the beginning and I want to thank you for your continued support as a new chapter starts."
Luca later released his own statement in which he told fans he'd turned his phone off to make sense of the situation privately.
He went on to wish Gemma well and spoke fondly of their time together.
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