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Footballer Aaron Connolly reportedly splits from Love Island's Lucinda Strafford

The pair dated for two years before she was on the ITV dating show

Aaron and Lucinda

Clodagh Meaney

Footballer Aaron Connolly has reportedly split from his Love Islander beau Lucinda Strafford.

The couple, who rekindled their romance in October 2021 following a brief split, were dating for two years before Lucinda appeared on the ITV dating show.

When asked about her relationship status on social media she told a fan: “Loving me, myself & I.”

The pair have already unfollowed each other on Instagram.

Lucinda Stafford (Instagram)

A source told The Sun: “Everyone thought Lucinda and Aaron would make a real go of things this time round.”

“Aaron was pretty cut up when she decided to do Love Island but they moved on from it and seemed stronger than ever.”

“In the end they just couldn’t make it work and have decided it would be better for both of them if they remained single.”

Strafford (21) appeared on Love Island in 2021 as a hopeful singleton, but at the time she was accused of still being in a relationship with the Premier League footballer while she was on the show.

The pair had been dating for two years before breaking up amid cheating rumours, and Lucinda appeared on Love Island as a bombshell soon after.

Connolly (22) rekindled his romance with the Brighton entrepreneur late last year after she left the show single.

After her stint on the show, Lucinda told OK! Magazine that she and Aaron were thinking of giving their relationship another try.

“So, yeah, we are sort of talking again,” she confirmed.

“We’re seeing where things go, we’re not back together as such but we’re taking it step by step.”

“I came out of the villa. It didn’t work out between me and Aaron [Francis], it was very reciprocated where we both said: ‘Maybe not, maybe we’re better friends.’”

“And then, obviously I met Brad a couple of times and that sort of fizzled out as well. I feel like maybe there was a reason it didn’t work in the villa so it wasn’t going to work outside.”

“Then, obviously, I was single and [Aaron Connolly] sort of reached out… We’re just sort of chatting again. It’s nothing too serious at all.”

“I think I’m sort of keeping my options open but I’m not really talking to anyone else at the moment. So, it’s sort of mixed between both really. It’s quite early stages again,” she added.

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