Love Island's Davide Sanclimenti says he was in 'dark place' and had 'miserable existence' after Ekin-Su split

Davide Sanclimenti and Ekin-Su Cülcüloglu
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Ex Love Island winner Davide Sanclimenti reveals he struggled to deal with the breakdown of his relationship with Ekin-Su Cülcüloglu - who he met during the reality television series.

The pair met on Love Island back in 2022 and went on to win the show. They continued to date until June 2023 when they split, Davide and Ekin-Su went back out again, but broke up for a second time in 2024.

Following their break up Davide was later pictured appearing to have have a wild time in Ibiza, and claimed he was trying to ‘numb the pain’ of his relationship breakdown. Davide has since left the UK and is hoping for a fresh start in Los Angeles.

Davide Sanclimenti
Davide speaks out about how he struggled in the aftermath of his break up -Credit:Instagram/Davide Sanclimenti

Talking to The Sun about his struggle since the break up, Davide explained: “I’m only human and when you’re heartbroken and dealing with a break up, you go into a dark place. I regret dealing with the break up the way I did.

“It was out of character, but I tried to numb the pain. I went through a big depression. I became unrecognisable to my loved ones.”

Davide went on to talk more about his relationship with Ekin-Su and said that he tried to save the relationship by appeasing her, but in turn ‘lost himself’.

Davide Sanclimenti
Davide and Ekin-Su dated on and off for 18 months -Credit:Instagram/Davide Sanclimenti

On life after Love Island, Davide said he was given incredible opportunities, but that none of that made him happy as he claims he was ‘living inside a miserable house and had a miserable existence.’

Davide also claimed that he didn’t feel like anyone took his feelings into consideration and said he left the relationship to protect his sanity.

OK! has approached Ekin-Su’s representatives for comment.

Ekin-Su Cülcüloglu and Davide Sanclimenti won Love Island
Ekin-Su and Davide rose to fame after winning Love Island two years ago -Credit:Matt Frost/ITV/REX/Shutterstock

In May, Ekin-Su denied claims that she had cheated on Davide with a Traitors US co-star. Ekin-Su filmed the murder mystery game series in September 2023 - and the show is currently airing in the UK.

During filming for the show, Ekin-Su sparked up a friendship with Peter Weber, who is best known as 'Pilot Pete' from the US series The Bachelorette.

Ekin-Su was then hit with accusations that she cheated on Davide with Peter before their split in January. Squashing the rumours, the actress told The Sun that the claims were ‘absolutely not true’ and that she had always been faithful to Davide.

Ekin-Su added that her relationship with Peter was one of friendship and came at a time where she needed good ‘banter’ with someone.