Maria Fowler reveals her devastation as she splits from footballer Lee Croft


'I am hurting so much': Maria Fowler reveals her devastation as she splits from footballer boyfriend Lee Croft

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21:16 GMT, 25 April 2012

She moved up to Scotland to be with her boyfriend Lee Croft earlier this year, while they've often been snapped looking loved up on nights out.

But now former The Only Way Is Essex star Maria Fowler has been left devastated after splitting from the footballer.

The reality TV star has revealed the pair split two weeks ago after Lee told her he wanted 'time to himself'.

Love split: Former The Only Way Is Essex star Maria Fowler has revealed she's split from footballer Lee Croft and moved back to Essex

Love split: Former The Only Way Is Essex star Maria Fowler has revealed she's split from footballer Lee Croft and moved back to Essex

And the devastation has rocked Maria so much she has dropped from a size 10 to a small size 8 as she nurses her broken heart.

The 25-year-old said: 'It's been a really tough time for me.

'I changed my whole life to be with Lee and moved up to Scotland to be with him when he was signed by St Johnstone on loan.

'I thought we were going to spend the rest of our lives together but Lee is not ready to settle down yet.

Break-up: The former TOWIE star took to her Twitter page to confirm the news after explaining how Lee had called it a day

Break-up: The former TOWIE star took to her Twitter page to confirm the news after explaining how Lee had called it a day

'I am back in Essex planning the next stage of my career.'

The pair started dating last October and when the Derby County player moved to Perth in January, Maria followed him.

The TV star has revealed they were even planning to marry and had wanted to try for a baby.

And now she's confirmed the news on her Twitter page as she told her online followers: 'Can confirm that me and Lee have split after many tears and talks from both, it was unfortunately decided that the only option was to split x.'

She later added: 'I am hurting so much.'

Single: Maria split from Lee two weeks ago and has dropped from a size 10 to a small size 8 as she nurses her broken heart

Single: Maria split from Lee two weeks ago and has dropped from a size 10 to a small size 8 as she nurses her broken heart

Single: Maria split from Lee two weeks ago and has dropped from a size 10 to a small size 8 as she nurses her broken heart

But Fowler has now admitted she had started to tire of life as a WAG despite being madly in love with him.

She said: 'There are lots of glamorous things about being a WAG. You meet some amazing people but people often don't hear about the downside.

'You're the one who has to pick up the pieces when they have had a bad game or been injured. If you are planning a big night out and they have lost then the whole evening is ruined.'

Jetting away: Maria is flying to Spain on Thursday to nurse her broken heart and show off her smaller bikini body

Jetting away: Maria is flying to Spain on Thursday to nurse her broken heart and show off her smaller bikini body

Although she has already started looking to the future and has returned to Essex, where she has a number of work commitments up her sleeve to take her mind off the split.

Maria is in talks about two big new TV shows and is working with Lovehoney.co.uk on the 8 May launch of the Happy Rabbit – dubbed 'the iPhone of sex toys.'

'Work is going brilliantly', she added. 'I should have some exciting announcements to make about a fab new TV show and I am working with a number of big brands, too.

'Leaving TOWIE was the best thing I ever did. It opened up a whole new world of opportunities.'

In happier times: Maria had moved to Scotland to be with Lee and the pair were planning to have a baby and get married

In happier times: Maria had moved to Scotland to be with Lee and the pair were planning to have a baby and get married

But before she starts work on her new projects, the glamour model is planning to fly out to Spain tomorrow to help her get over Lee.

She cryptically wrote on Twitter earlier today before she announced the news: 'Looking forward to getting away tomorrow. Need some space and sunshine xxx.'

And despite nursing a broken heart, the reality star feels body confident after dropping the pounds following the break up.

She added: 'I should look brilliant in a bikini because the weight has fallen off me since the split. I have dropped a dress size and I am now a really small size eight.'

Lee is out injured for the rest of the season after being loaned from Derby County to Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone. He has also played for Man City and Norwich City.