GARETH Gates and Faye Brookes have split up and called off their engagement, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The Pop Idol star, 35, and the former Corrie star, 31, – who were planning their wedding – have decided to remain friends.
A source told the paper: “Faye and Gareth are both extremely sad about their relationship ending.
“They still care very much about each other and want to remain friends, but the wedding has been called off.
“Her family and close friends have been supporting her through the split.
“Although it’s a painful time she’s trying to keep busy with various projects and auditions.
“They tried to make it work but sadly it’s not meant to be.”
Gareth popped the question to Faye in January of this year just four months after getting back together.
The reunited couple briefly split in September but it wasn’t long before they reconciled with Gareth confirming in November that they were back together.
Faye quit playing Kate Connor on Corrie earlier this year and the pair had been planning to move to London.
In recent weeks the pair haven’t been seen in public and Kate has been hinting at heartbreak on her social media.
Today she posted a quote that read: “Someone said ‘Don’t be afraid to start over again. this tiem, you are are not starting from scratch, you are are starting from experience.”
Corrie’s Faye met Gareth in 2012 when they played on-stage lovers in the UK tour of Legally Blonde The Musical.
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