CBB's Jeremy McConnell 'can't take the pressure' of Stephanie Davis relationship
Celebrity Big Brother's Jeremy McConnell said he was unable to handle the high-profile nature of his relationship with fellow housemate Stephanie Davis as he confirmed their split.
McConnell and ex-Hollyoaks actress Davis were reunited outside the house just over two weeks ago and were due to appear on Loose Women on Monday for their first joint interview, but have cancelled.
A spokeswoman for McConnell, 26, said: "Jeremy won't be able to go on Loose Women with Steph today.
"He cares really deeply for Steph; however, the pressure of the relationship was just too much. He really wishes it could have worked out and he wishes Steph the very best for the future."
McConnell sparked speculation their relationship was over on Saturday when he posted a now-deleted tweet which read: "I have been the biggest mug.
"I'm sorry for the people who tried to warn me. But you live and learn. Onwards and upwards."
The pair grew close in the Big Brother house, despite Davis being in a relationship with model Sam Reece at the time.
Davis, 22, came runner-up in the reality competition and has gushed in interviews about her "love" for McConnell.
The pair sparked engagement rumours when they were spotted shopping for jewellery last week.
Davis posted a picture three days ago on Instagram wearing a diamond ring and captioned it "A day without you feels like a year. True love".
In a very 21st century confirmation of their break-up, the pair have now unfollowed each other on social media.
Davis, who was expected to appear solo on Loose Women to discuss the couple's split, sent in a message to the team to read out on air instead.
Her statement read: "I'm really sad not to come into the show today and see all of you Loose Women.
"Everything has changed for me over the weekend. I'm very upset and I feel taking a few days to get my head together is the best thing for me to do right now.
"Thank you for the continued support as always. Love you all lots and I will see you soon. Steph."