2020’s most shocking celebrity splits – from Jesy Nelson & Chris Hughes to Fern Britton & Phil Vickery – The Sun

CELEBRITYS' love lives didn't get a break during the nightmare of 2020 – with many stars' relationships taking a battering this year.

Lockdown saw several couples driven apart – with Love Islanders among the hardest hit. Here, we run down some of the big names who bid each other goodbye during the crisis-hit year…

Fern Britton & Phil Vickery

One of the first casualties in a year of splits were daytime telly host Fern, 63, and her chef husband, 59.

She announced in January: "After more than 20 happy years together, Phil and I have decided to go our separate ways. We will always share a great friendship and our lovely children."

The pair, who met on the set of This Morning, where she was once a presenter and he was the on-screen chef, married in 2000 following her split from Clive Jones.

Maura Higgins & Curtis Pritchard

March delivered the end of one of the least likely Love Island couples the series has ever churned out, with the Irish stunner and dancer Curtis calling it quits.

It fell to Maura to make the announcement, posting: "There is no easy way to get through a breakup and no bad feeling on either side. We tried to make it work but it wasn't to be and I wish Curtis nothing but the best for the future."

However, the 30-year-old later suggested that last bit might just be a case of being nice, later tweeting cryptically: "A strong women never gives up on herself, but she may give up on you."

Chris Hughes & Jesy Nelson

Love Island's Chris, 27,  and Little Mix star Jesy, 28, broke up in March while isolating in separate homes.

The Sun Online revealed that the couple had called it quits after dating for more than a year. And because of the coronavirus crisis, the pair – who had been discussing marriage not long before the split – had to break up over the phone.

Howeve, the pop beauty wasn't single for long, hooking up with hot actor Sean Sagar, before quitting Little Mix earlier this month.

Wes Nelson & Arabella Chi

They might be one of the best-looking couples Love Island has ever produced – but they couldn't last lockdown.

The Sun Online revealed that Wes, 22, and Arabella, 28, split after nine months together in April – with him choosing to move out of their home rather than isolating together.

He went to stay with old villa pal Josh Denzel and his girlfriend, with the trio spotted cheerfully doing their daily exercises together in London over the summer.

Candice Brown & Liam Macauley

Bake Off's Candice Brown split from her husband Liam Macauley in July – less than two years after they got married.

In October 2017 Candice, 35, confirmed they had got engaged after rumours swirled for months that they were heading down the aisle.

Reflecting on the proposal – which took place in a car park – Candice explained: "I get emotional. Because it's been such an amazing year. I feel very lucky.

However, Liam has moved out of the flat they shared above her pub, with her agent confirming they'd separated earlier this year.

Georgia Steel & Callum Izzard

Ibiza Weekender star Callum wound up having to leave the Essex flat he shared with Ex On The Beach's Georgia during lockdown.

The reality pair had set their sights on marriage just a month after they started dating last year – but The Sun Online revealed those plans had been scrapped.

A source explained: "They were recently flat hunting in Manchester together, but it’s been called off. Georgia is now planning to move up to Manchester alone.”

Kady McDermott & Myles Barnett

Love Island's Kady and Towie's Myles are having a time-out from one another while the health crisis rages on.

The Sun Online revealed the pair are "taking a break" – despite spending thousands of pounds transforming their bungalow into a four-bedroom house.

A source told us: "They decided to go their separate ways while isolating, but are hoping to get things back on track and move into the new place together."

Shane Lynch & Sheena White

Boyzone star Shane admitted in April that he wasn't living with his wife during the coronavirus crisis.

Speaking on Paul Danan's Morning After podcast, he explained: "We have had difficult times and are going through difficult times right now in this isolation thing. "I’m not even in my family home right now because me and her were at each other's throats. It wasn’t a good time or a good space."

However, in July of this year Shane's Boyzone bandmate Keith Duffy suggested that Shane had reconciled with Sheena in a happy ending twist.

Boyzone star Shane Lynch moves out of family home and admits he and wife are ‘at each other’s throats’ due to coronavirus lockdown

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