Love Island’s Joe Garratt has split with American model Desiree after returning home from Dubai

LOVE Island hunk Joe Garratt has called time on his romance with model Desiree Schlotz, The Sun Online can exclusively reveal.

The east Londoner confirmed their relationship last October, with a sweet series of shots showing them in matching swimwear.

Yet today we can confirm that the miles separating them have proved too much to make their love last, causing their sad split.

A source told us: “Over lockdown Joe went to America to be with Desiree and was there a few months and then went Dubai together again for a couple of months.

"But Joe had to return back to UK for work and Desiree to America for work and just being a long distance relationship wasn't going to work.

"It's amicable and they're going to stay friends.”

Meanwhile the American confirmed the break-up on her Instagram page.

She was asked by a fan: "Are you still dating Joe?" to which she replied: "I've been getting this question a lot lately and I just want to clear things up.

"We recently decided to split up. We decided to give each other space to figure out our own life and really focus on learning to love ourselves first.

"We just ask you to respect our decision. We have nothing but love and respect for each other."

Last year, Joe flew into the Maldives to see Desiree, with the pair both working with Project FOMO, a new campaign showcasing the "world’s best vacation destinations."

Pictures showed them walking hand in hand along the beach, with Joe later wrapping an arm around Desi.

Joe, 23, entered the Love Island villa in 2019 and described himself as fun, chilled out and a bit of a romantic — and that he would go above and beyond for the right girl.

He was paired up with Lucie Donlan and the two had an on-and-off again romance, before he exited the villa.

On Lucie's exit they reunited but it wasn't to be and they later split, as exclusively revealed by The Sun.

Former competitive surfer Lucie is now dating 2020 Love Island hopeful Luke Mabbatt, and the pair recently enjoyed a romantic road trip in a mobile home – with a bed that comes down from the ceiling.

Since their break up, Joe has been pouring his heart out in the gym and stunned fans last year with his muscular transformation.

He took to Instagram to flaunt his bulging biceps and appears to have been putting some serious effort in to bulk up.

In the snap, Joe is wearing a pair of stone coloured trousers with a white vest tucked in and a couple of silver chains.

As he clasps his hands together and gazes into the distance, it's hard to miss Joe's beefy arms.

Revealing how he got them so muscly, Joe captioned the picture: "Training Split…(below)? Mon – Arms,Tue – Arms, Wed – Golf, Thu – Arms/Some Chest Stuff, Fri – Arms, Sat & Sun – Netflix/Remote Curls."

His 682k followers were stunned by the transformation, with one person commenting: "OMG WOW."

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