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Inside the highs and lows of Jesy Nelson and Chris Hughes relationship as pair split after 16 months

Today it emerged Jesy Nelson and Chris Hughes had split

Today the sad, sad news emerged that Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson and Love Island’s Chris Hughes had split after 16 months together.

The 28-year-old singer and 27-year-old reality star had been spending time apart during the coronavirus lockdown, as they isolated separately.

However, according to sources, their romance had simply ‘run its course’ and they split a few weeks ago.

With nary a hint they were on the rocks, it left us all baffled, wondering where it went wrong.

While all our hearts broke – in the wise words of Tyra Banks, we were all rooting for you – at the news, we thought it a grand moment to look back at the highs and lows of the past 16 months.

From their first PDA-filled dates to cooling off their relationship and then talk of babies, they’ve been through a lot.

Chris and Jesy in January (Picture: WireImage)

January 2019: Kebab Shop PDA

Where it all started – with a pash in a kebab shop.

Jesy and Chris first set tongues wagging when they touched theirs following a date that ended with a greasy feed.

February 2019: They’re ‘just friends’

Even though they looked pretty cosy on their kebab shop date, it didn’t take long for Jesy to insist the pair were ‘just friends’.

Jesy and Chris shared their first selfie in March last year

Taking to Instagram, Jesy said: ‘Please ignore this story, we’re friends,’ adding a red love heart to the text post.

Ah, yes, that old chestnut.

Chris’s mate Kem Cetinay also backed up the ‘just friends’ vibe by saying they weren’t dating.

Speaking to OK! Magazine, he said: ‘They’ve only been on one date so everyone has jumped the gun a little bit.’

February 2019: Jack Whitehall makes awkward joke about relationship

While chatting with Little Mix at the Brits, host Jack Whitehall took the opportunity to poke fun at Jesy’s romance with the former Love Islander.

Jack’s thought he’d have a laugh with the Little Mix girls (Picture: Rex)

Jack said: ‘I love Little Mix though, you girls have a wonderful time at the after party, night clubs, kebab shops or wherever you naughty Little Mixers get up to mischief.’

Keeping her cool and trying to brush off the joke, Jesy stayed silent and rolled her eyes while the rest of Little Mix did their best not to laugh.

Oh Jack.

February 2019: Jesy and James Arthur get close?

Following the Brits, James Arthur insisted he was not kissing Jesy Nelson, after the pair were seen getting close at a Brits after-party.

Taking to Twitter to straighten things out, the Empty Space singer hit back at reports claiming he and Jesy had kissed.

He said the pair had only been talking but had to be ‘tactile’ as they couldn’t hear each other in the club.

James added: ‘Sad state of affairs when a guy and a girl can’t sit and chat without being romantically involved.’

Late February 2019: Jesy and Chris go Instagram official

The pair headed off on a romantic getaway (Picture: Splash)

Even though just weeks prior they’d said they were just mates, it didn’t take long for Jesy and Chris to give up the ghost and go Instagram official.

Taking off on a romantic trip, the pair shared a selfie to social media of them looking all kinds of cute.

March 2019: Chris confirms romance

The following month Chris confirmed his relationship with Jesy, insisting it was the ‘happiest’ he’d ever been.


Elaborating while on Kiss FM’s breakfast show, the Love Island star said: ‘I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. It’s official, she’s my girlfriend.

‘I’m so happy, she’s the nicest girl I’ve ever met, this is no exaggeration, she’s got a heart like she was your mother or something.’

March 2019: Chris declares Jesy the ‘best’

Jesy and Chris were all sorts of adorable (Picture: @chrishughesofficial)

Jesy was clearly doing something right, as Chris enthused she was the best girlfriend as they enjoyed romantic date nights all over the shop.

Not a kebab in sight.

He told fans she is ‘the best’ after Jesy bought him tickets to see the Only Fools and Horses musical in London’s West End.

Of course, Chris documented the entire thing on his Instagram story from the car journey into town, to sitting in their seats waiting for the show to begin, and the pair strolling hand-in-hand when it finished.

March 2019: Chris’s ex Olivia Attwood throws the shade

Chris had previously dated Olivia (Picture: WireImage)

Unfortunately their new union was rained on when Chris’s ex Olivia Attwood threw some shade at the fresh lovebirds.

Olivia said she ‘wasn’t surprised’ by Chris’ new relationship, as she told OK! Magazine: ‘Chris loves being famous, so in that respect, I’d say they’re well suited.’

She continued: ‘I never give Chris a second thought. If we were in a room together now, I wouldn’t have anything to say to him.’


June 2019: Jesy and Chris go on romantic trip to Barcelona

We followed the lovebirds around the world (Picture: chrishughesofficial/Instagram)

Having laid relatively low for a few months, Jesy and Chris took their love to Spain where they headed along the beach in Barcelona with iced lollies in hand.

We don’t care what anyone says about romance, sun, sand and sweets are the way to go.

June 2019: Chris confesses it was ‘love at first sight’

Their sweet trip was made even sweeter after Chris confessed it was a case of love at first sight when he met the singer.

‘It was at the first Global Awards, we [Chris and Kem Cetinay] were presenting an award to Shawn Mendes,’ the former islander recalled to Metro.co.uk.

‘I met her then and we went on our first date to a cocktail place and a kebab shop – that moment.

‘The rest is nothing short of history!’

For Chris, it was love at first sight (Picture: Instagram)

The star added: ‘When we went on a date, we met on the stairs…we met just there in the queue, it was a really nice moment, a moment I’ll cherish.

‘That was it, that’s when I fell in love. Love at first sight it was.’

July 2019: Chris and Jesy ‘live together’

Despite the news Jesy and Chris were isolating separately during the coronavirus lockdown, Chris last year said the pair were living together.

Opening up about their romance, the reality star explained they make their relationship work around their demanding careers.

‘Do you know what our schedules aren’t too bad,’ he said.

‘We obviously live together now, which I think everyone knows. But we fit around it. Nobody is ever too busy for love, that’s what they say.’

September 2019: Chris gets seal of approval by Little Mix fans

Chris starred in girlfriend Jesy Nelson’s recent BBC documentary shaming online trolls (Picture; BBC)

The Love Island star made a special cameo in Jesy’s emotional BBC One documentary, Odd One Out, which documents her harrowing battle against social media bullying.

Towards the end of the hour-long film, Chris, 26, pops up to explain how the bullying has affected Jesy’s confidence and self-esteem.

And, judging by the social media reaction, fans loved it.

September 2019: The inevitable engagement rumours begin swirling

The Little Mix singer whipped her fans into a frenzy when she took to her Instagram story, sharing a video of the Love Island star busting some serious moves.

However, it was her caption that had everyone talking, as she wrote: ‘My future husband’ alongside the clip.

And, right on cue, excited fans flocked to Twitter to question if this meant they had taken things up a notch.

October 2019: Chris talks marriage and babies

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Even though it seemed they weren’t engaged, Chris was still keen to share his love for his lady and his hopes they would marry and have kids one day.

When chatting to Metro.co.uk about their relationship, the reality star praised his girl as he revealed their future plans. Addressing potential wedding bells, the influencer said: ‘I think we both want it [to get married].

‘I think we found each other, and we have endless respect for each other, I think that’s why our relationship works.’

He added: ‘We’re proper family people, we love each other’s family… I’m ready to settle down and I think she is.’

November 2019: Chris praises Jesy for Odd One Out

Chris choked up talking about Jesy (Picture: ITV/REX)

After Jesy opened up about her struggle with online trolls and the barrage of abuse she received, Chris choked up singing his praises of the star.

Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield live on This Morning, Chris said: ‘I get emotional every time I speak about it.’

Struggling to talk, he said the documentary ‘doesn’t just help people going through that struggle in life, it helps parents understand’.

Phil offered him a tissue to wipe his eyes, and Chris continued: ‘I struggle talking about it. I’m alright talking about myself but when I talk about anyone else I’m a mess.

‘She’s so brave, so strong, she didn’t deserve any of that.’

January 2020: One year in

Jesy and Chris celebrated their one-year anniversary by heading out in mid-January.

Jesy shared some cute pics of the pair of them from their night out at Moonshine Saloon, telling her followers: ‘Been with this little scamp a whole year today!

‘I can honestly say I’ve never been more in love and happy in all my life! I love you rat bag @chrishughesofficial forever and always.’

Chris also posted his own tribute to Jesy, reading: ‘1 year! This time last year I just finished snogging ya face off in a kebab shop. A memory my heart can’t life [sic] without. Role model and all round queen. You got it all girl. Forever.’

January 2020: NTAs scuffle

Chris was at the event to support his girlfriend Jesy Nelson (Picture: Scott Garfitt/REX)

Jesy and Chris’ relationship was thrown into the limelight for all the wrong reasons when Chris was involved in a scuffle with a photographer as they left the National Television Awards earlier this year.

The Love Islander insisted he acted in self defence when footage emerged of him in the heated confrontation, as he apologised to Jesy – who had earlier won an award for Odd One Out.

Jesy didn’t seem to let the controversy get in between them though as she shared a shot of them from the red carpet earlier in the night to social media days later.

Captioned with love hearts, it was clear she was sticking by her man.

14 February 2020: Valentine’s Day

Jesy and Chris celebrated Valentine’s Day (Picture: REX)

Celebrating Valentine’s Day, the pair were seen walking hand-in-hand on the loved-up holiday

Jesy blessed our feed with all sorts of sweet snaps from their night out. Sharing a shot of Chris at dinner posing with rose petals all over his face (why not), she wrote: ‘This is my valentine everyone! How bout you ?’

The ITV2 star responded with his own tribute to Jesy, writing: ‘Happy Valentines my love ❤️

‘You’re proper fit and I fancy you.’

March 2020: Date night

Just a month before their split was revealed, Jesy and Chris had gone on a romantic date night where they cheersed to ‘many more years’ and getting rid of coronavirus.

Holding their cocktail glasses aloft in a social media video, Chris proposed a toast with a little help from Jesy.

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‘What are we cheersing to?’ he asked but a shy Jesy, who was slightly off-camera, replied: ‘You say it.’

Chris then did the honours and said: ‘Many happy years and we need to get rid of coronavirus.’

April 2020: Their relationship came to an end

News emerged on 9 April Jesy and Chris had called time on their romance after it had ‘run its course’.

The pair had been isolating separately, with Jesy hanging with her mum and Chris on lockdown with his housemates.

While sources insisted there was nothing untoward behind their split, it was said the pair hoped to remain friends.

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