Love split for footballer Lee

Maria Fowler and  Lee Croft
Maria Fowler and Lee Croft
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FORMER Wigan footballer Lee Croft has split from his long term girlfriend Maria Fowler.

Maria, formerly of The Only Way is Essex, is said to be “hurting so much” over the split, which happened only weeks after she gushed about the former Billinge resident in a recent interview with Closer magazine.

She confirmed the news on Twitter, saying: “Can confirm that me and Lee have split after many tears and talks from both, it was unfortunately decided that the only option was to split x...I am hurting so much.”

The Mail Online reports Maria saying: “It’s been a really tough time for me.

“I changed my whole life to be with Lee and moved up to Scotland to be with him when he was signed by St Johnstone on loan.

“I thought we were going to spend the rest of our lives together but Lee is not ready to settle down yet.”

Maria, who has spent time in Marbella to get over the split, will move back to her home in Essex.