LOVE Island star Lucinda Strafford has split from her footballer boyfriend Aaron Connolly once again.
The 22-year-old dated the Middlesbrough forward, also 22, on and off for three years but has called it quits for good after struggling to make the romance work.
Lucinda Strafford and boyfriend Aaron Connolly have split once again
The couple reunited after Lucinda appeared on Love Island last summerCredit: Rex
A source said: “Everyone thought Lucinda and Aaron would make a real go of things this time round.
“Aaron was pretty cut up when she decided to do Love Island but they moved on from it and seemed stronger than ever.
“In the end they just couldn’t make it work and have decided it would be better for both of them if they remained single.”
The pair have already unfollowed each other on social media and Lucinda later told her fans she was “loving me, myself and I” when quizzed on her relationship status.
The Sun previously revealed that Lucinda dated £1m-a-year player for two years, and they split in 2021 after he cheated before reconciling ahead of her Love Island stint.
An insider told us that they “argued” about her going on the ITV2 reality show – which she hoped would help boost her online fashion boutique.
The couple were still close when she went into the villa and cracked on with co-stars including Brad, Danny, and Aaron – all while football star Aaron looked after her pet dog back at home.
Lucinda denied the secret romance when she was dumped from the show, insisting at the time: “I am completely and utterly single. Never in a million years would I go on Love Island if I was in a relationship, and I’m sure if I had a boyfriend, he wouldn’t be very happy with it either.
“We ended quite dramatically at the start of March but then we made friends.”
She defiantly added: “Hopefully, he’s moved on and I definitely have.”
However, she promptly rejected both Aaron Francis – who she left the show with – and former villa flame Brad after touching back down in the UK, before jumping back into the arms of the football pro.
Lucinda was reluctant to admit she was back with Aaron
Footballer Aaron was not happy when Lucinda when on Love IslandCredit: Getty
Lucinda couple up with different men during her time on Love IslandCredit: Rex
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