Roxanne Pallett has confirmed she’s split with fiancé Lee Walton, months after she was embroiled in a scandal after accusing her Celebrity Big Brother co-star Ryan Thomas of punching her.
The former Emmerdale actress, 36, faced nation-wide backlash after accusing the Coronation Street actor of punching her on the Channel 5 show last year, before apologising and insisting she “got it wrong” when watching the footage of the playful moment back.
Weeks ago, it was reported that Roxanne and Lee had ended their romance as she stayed in hiding following the incident – amid claims he had “moved on with another woman”.
While the gorgeous brunette hasn’t gone into the details, she has now confirmed that the pair are officially over – but says their relationship actually ended months ago.
“Contrary to recent news, the relationship actually ended months ago,” Roxanne told The Sun Online.
“Out of respect for his privacy I don’t want to discuss it but I wish him the utmost happiness.”
Lee and Roxanne had a whirlwind romance, with the 40 year old steel worker proposing to the actress just one week after they met at a pub.
She exclusively told OK! magazine when announcing the proposal: “We were engaged within a week of meeting! I know it sounds crazy, but I knew my heart.”
Roxanne added: “I just flung my arms around him and it was like we’d been together forever.”
Roxanne recently opened up about her struggles after leaving the Celebrity Big Brother house – revealing she felt “suicidal” and had people “spit at her in the street” in an emotional, and incredibly honest, interview.
“I’ve been scared to leave the house, and strangers have shouted and spat at me in the street. I’ve been called evil and toxic from people who don’t know me,’ she told The Sun Online.
Luckily, her close friends and family encouraged the actress to head to Scotland to get therapy to overcome her PTSD and panic disorder – a move which she says saved her life.
“My mum noticed I was losing weight and saw I was losing my hair,” she continued. “And my two friends, the only friends I had left, mentioned how erratic my texts were becoming. They all stepped in.”
“I was one person for the world and another in my head,” she continued. “I should have got help; just like a physical injury, if you neglect it, it gets worse. I’ve now got to do better and I will.”
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Roxanne did not accept payment for her interview with The Sun, and instead asked the publication to make a donation to the mental health charity Back Onside.