Saturday 17 August 2019

Vogue Williams and rumoured boyfriend Laurence Fox 'split after brief romance'

Vogue Williams and Laurence Fox. Picture: Instagram
Vogue Williams and Laurence Fox. Picture: Instagram
Vogue Williams has signed up for The Jump. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Vogue Williams with Billie Piper's estranged husband Laurence Fox
Vogue Wiliams attends the Samsung Series 'In Conversation' with Jack Whitehall and guests at the Ham Yard Hotel on November 5, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Vogue Williams with Billie Piper's estranged husband Laurence Fox
Vogue Williams attends the Daily Mirror's Pride of Sport awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel on December 7, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
British Actress Billie Piper, shortlisted for the best actress award and her husband Laurence Fox (R) pose on the red carpet as they attend the 60th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2014 in London
(L-R) Laurence Fox and Billie Piper attend the Evening Standard Theatre Awards at The Savoy Hotel on November 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Brian McFadden and Vogue Williams in 2013
Undated handout photo issued by ITV of (left to right) Jamelia, Laurence Fox, Emilia Fox, Tom Rosenthal, Bear Grylls, Vogue Williams, Mike Tindall, Dame Kelly Holmes and Max George, in the forthcoming ITV show Bear Grylls' Mission Survive on ITV
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TV presenter Vogue Williams and Laurence Fox have reportedly split after a brief romance.

The 31-year-old RTE star was said to be quietly dating the British actor in recent months and were pictured holding hands in London earlier this month.

But their budding romance has stalled as the pair found they were better off as friends. They first met in 2015 while competing on Bear Grylls: Mission Survive and leaned on each other during their respective high profile splits - Vogue from ex-husband Brian McFadden in 2015 and Fox from ex-wife of eight years Billie Piper in March.

Fox has been candid about his struggle to cope with splitting with the mother of his two children and admitted to needing sleeping pills and suffering from panic attacks, while Vogue has always been open about her battle with anxiety.

Vogue Williams with Billie Piper's estranged husband Laurence Fox
Vogue Williams with Billie Piper's estranged husband Laurence Fox

"Laurence and Vogue were incredibly close — they had so much fun together," a source told The Sun.

"They were initially good mates, bonding over both being single and coming out of high-profile relationships.  It then turned serious but after several weeks, they realised perhaps it’s best they stay pals."

Former model Vogue is currently training for a turn in The Jump, the ITV reality show where celebrities learn to ski competitively, which is often plagued by injuries.

In recent months, she said she would not be drawn into speaking about her ex-husband, saying it's "not fair" that their relationship has "overshadowed" her career.

Undated handout photo issued by ITV of (left to right) Jamelia, Laurence Fox, Emilia Fox, Tom Rosenthal, Bear Grylls, Vogue Williams, Mike Tindall, Dame Kelly Holmes and Max George, in the forthcoming ITV show Bear Grylls' Mission Survive on ITV
Undated handout photo issued by ITV of (left to right) Jamelia, Laurence Fox, Emilia Fox, Tom Rosenthal, Bear Grylls, Vogue Williams, Mike Tindall, Dame Kelly Holmes and Max George, in the forthcoming ITV show Bear Grylls' Mission Survive on ITV

"I work so hard every day and then it’s sort of overshadowed by a relationship that I’m not even in any more," she told Irish Tatler in June.

"It’s not fair on anyone."

In October, she explained that the scrutiny following their split was tough to deal with.

"I know when I went through a very public break-up that having people I didn't know discuss it was one of the worst parts," she said.

Vogue Williams attends the Daily Mirror's Pride of Sport awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel on December 7, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Vogue Williams attends the Daily Mirror's Pride of Sport awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel on December 7, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

"I was obviously very upset and when a marriage breaks down, there's a feeling of complete failure too. I couldn't help but read what people were saying and with so many tweets directed at me, it was impossible not to see it.

"I literally wanted to hide away, but even that was hard with photographers following me trying to get the first photo."

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