Love Island winner Amber Gill has said she "wasn't expecting" her split from fellow champion Greg O'Shea, telling ITV's Loose Women that she had "wanted to make it work".
"We're so jam-packed busy and you need to take these opportunities by the scruff of the neck," he told host Ryan Tubridy.
"We're kind of being realistic about the situation and protecting our careers. That's where we are at the moment."
With speculation that he had split from the British beauty therapist by text ahead of their planned Late Late appearance together, Greg said: "Me and Amber have been chatting the last couple of days. Over phone calls. The whole thing about a text isn't true - people just want to sell stories."
"I'm mad about her and hope she's mad about me," he added. "So we'll see about the future."
On Monday Gill appeared on Loose Women to give her side of the split, saying she was "really disappointed" about the end of the relationship.
"There was a call a few days prior - just chatting, not specifically to do with that," she told her fellow panellists. "But definitely on that day it was like a text."
While explaining that they had been "texting each other", Amber was asked whether Greg had "misinterpreted something you said" or if she had "said something that was open to misinterpretation".
"I think there was a bit of miscommunication, but, I think, if you don't want to be with someone you don't want to be with somebody," she replied.
"All I wanted was just a bit of effort from him," she explained. "To come to London or Newcastle to come and see me.
"And I was just like, 'Oh, I'm going to have to give up if you don't put the effort in'. And then it was just like, 'Ok... bye!'" [Laughs]
Amber said that "career and the distance is always a factor".
"It is what it is, really," she smiled.
Amber said she would "be fine, onwards and upwards from here" and described Greg as "a lovely guy".
"It's a bit of an odd situation at the minute," she added.