What happened to Ekin-Su & Davide? Love Island breakup explained

Je'Kayla Crawford
Ekin-Su and Davide from Love Island

Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu announced a split from Davide Sanclimenti on her Instagram. Here is everything you need to know about what happened between the Love Island Season 8 couple.

Ekin-Su and Davide Sanclimenti were once one of the most successful couples from Love Island. Their reality TV debut also earned them each over 1 million followers on Instagram and their own spin-off series together.

After starting their relationship in the Season 8 villa, and winning their season, the two seemed to be inseparable. But, it seems as though their romance has come to an end after several ups and downs. Ekkin-Su just revealed it on social media.

Love Island’s Ekin-Su and Davide faked a split

On June 30, 2023, Davide posted an Instagram story announcing their break up.

He wrote, “@ekinsuofficial & I are no longer together. I am grateful for the memories and opportunities we shared together and I wish her nothing but the best.”

The reality TV star went on to ask his fans for privacy after their break up.

Davide wrote, “I would like for everybody to respect this decision during this difficult time, I will continue to support Ekin in any way possible.”

While their split was unexpected, it did seem as though they hit a major obstacle in recent months. The couple didn’t reveal the reason behind their split. However, on October 27, 2023, Davide was forced to speak with The Sun about his ‘split’ with Ekin-Su after the pair were spotted hanging out together at an ITV summer party.

Davide gave a shocking update on their relationship stating that the pair hadn’t actually broken up, and the announcement was to reduce the public pressure from their shoulders. He expressed that their relationship needed to be worked on before they could go public again.

He revealed that the pair had to overcome communication problems to rekindle their romance. He felt that their ‘split’ had brought them together even stronger.

Davide explained, “Breaking up may happen to people but it never actually happened to us, we never properly privately broke up, it was more to do with the public pressure and we were having some tough months.”

Ekin-Su announced a split from Davide

On January 30, 2024, Ekin-Su posted a breakup announcement on her Instagram story. The pair officially split after 18 months of being together.

Ekin-Su announces breakup with Davide
Ekin-Su announces breakup with Davide

She thanked the Love Island fans for following their romance journey together since their time in the villa.

She wrote, “The last 18 months have been a rollercoaster of ups and downs, just like every relationship. Davide and I both wanted to make this work as we cared deeply for each other. Unfortunately, I have recently made the decision to end our relationship and to go our separate ways.”

Ekin-Su and Davide from Love Island

Davide makes his side of the Ekin-Su split known

After Ekin-Su released her statement, Davide took to social media to share his side of the story. He says that the breakup was actually a mutual decision, implying that Ekin-Su lied when she said it was her decision to end their relationship.

“It was a joint decision, but I was waiting to make it public to respect her time in the show. I don’t know why the agreed statement changed last minute,” he said in his statement. Ekin-Su hasn’t publicly responded to his comment as of yet.

Several Love Island couples have broken up in just 2023 alone. Season 9’s Samie Elishi and Tom Clare broke up in April 2023. And, Season 6’s Paige Turley and Finn Tapp parted ways in June 2023.

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Je'Kayla is a US Reality TV Senior Writer with Dexerto. She covers all things Reality TV news, with a focus on Love Is Blind and Below Deck. Feel free to reach out at jekayla.crawford@dexerto.com.