Love Island UK Season 8 Alums Davide Sanclimenti and Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu Split Up

Love Island season 8’s winning couple Davide Sanclimenti and Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu have split after less than a year together. As the winners of Love Island UK season 8, Davide and Ekin-Su were the recipients of a £50,000 prize after the viewers voted to crown them the couple of the season. The pair connected on the British reality TV series that asks contestants to couple up and compete in cheeky challenges. Unlike most reality dating series, Love Island airs several nights per week, creating a huge investment from the viewers that all hope to see the contestants’ relationships succeed and carry on outside the show.

In a now-deleted Instagram Story, Davide announced (and shared by Us Weekly) that he and Ekin-Su were “no longer together” and that he is “grateful for the memories and opportunities we shared together…I wish her nothing but the best.” Though Love Island‘s Davide Sanclimenti has made the split clear on his own social media, Ekin-Su has yet to comment on the split or post on her Instagram in response. The announcement comes just days after the two were seen at the most recent Indiana Jones movie premiere together, looking like everything was happy between the gorgeous couple. Davide asked that his and Ekin-Su’s fans “respect this decision during this difficult time.”

Davide & Ekin-Su’s Love Island UK Journey Explained

Love Island's Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti laying on a couch

Davide and Ekin-Su‘s relationship had a rough start during Love Island season 8, where they originally met and quickly hit it off. The pair got together quickly after sparks flew between them, though prior to his time with Ekin, Davide was interested in fellow Love Island-er Gemma Owen. After Davide and Ekin’s initial match-up, he broke things off when she sneakily kissed Jay Younger. The pair was at odds for a while, but Ekin set her sights on winning Davide back. Through several rounds of trials and tribulations, the pair finally made their way back to each other and landed on solid ground, fully invested in one another.

While Davide and Ekin-Su have spent months publicly together, their breakup comes with some suspicions. Though Davide was the one to break the news of the split, he’s also posted several thirst traps in the last few weeks. Though this isn’t unusual for Davide, he seems to be angling to get back onto Love Island for another chance. It seems plausible that, though Davide was the winner of the last series, he may try to return again after he said in a recent Instagram post that he’s coming back.

Related: Love Island UK: Why Fans Are Turning On Davide Sanclimenti

As Ekin-Su has yet to comment on the split between herself and her long-term partner, things seem tense between the exes in the wake of their split. As much as Davide has tried to position himself as a loving, caring ex, it seems that his motivations may be a bit more deceptive than genuine. While he likely wishes Ekin-Su well, it’s clear that Davide’s motivations may be focused on more than an amiable split. It’s possible that Love Island UK fans could see another season of Davide quite soon.

Sources: Davide Sanclimenti/Instagram, Us Weekly, Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu/Instagram

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