Strictly Come Dancing star Ellie Simmonds has reportedly split from her boyfriend Matt Dean after two years of dating.
The Paralympian, 28, appeared on the BBC One show last year where she was paired with professional dancer Nikita Kumzin.
The pair made it through to the seventh week of the competition before being sent home.
During Ellie’s first week of Strictly, her boyfriend Matt Dean was spotted in the audience of the live show and he also revealed he had been cooking her packed lunches as she balanced a busy schedule.
But it has now been reported that Ellie has parted ways with Matt after keeping their romance largely out of the public eye.
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A source told The Sun: “Ellie and Matt have sadly split but it was amicable on both sides and there remains a lot of love there.
“They preferred to keep their relationship out of the public eye and it was the same with the break up, but both are doing OK.”
After 13 years of competing at an Olympic level, Ellie retired from professional sports in 2021 and purchased a house with Matt last year.
The former couple first met when they were toddlers and started dating two years ago.
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Ellie credited Matt for encouraging her during her time on Strictly Come Dancing.
“I was like shall I, shall I not. Then I spoke to my other half Matt, and he was like “go for it Ellie, take that leap of faith, you don’t know unless you try”,’ she told the aforementioned publication.
“Now I’m so happy I said yes. As soon as I did we were bouncing around the kitchen like yay! Like little buzzing bees.”
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