Gemma Oaten is said to be heartbroken after splitting up with her boyfriend Andy Barnes. The Emmerdale actress had been dating the aspiring actor since late 2014, but he reportedly called time on their five-month-relationship after struggling to cope with her fame.
"Gemma really thought Andy was for keeps," a source told The Mirror. "He was being very intense and had been with her at her family home. Then last Monday he turned round out of the blue and ended it.
"It was a bit of a shock to say the least. But Gemma is a strong woman, she has been through a lot and won't let this get her down. It is especially difficult for her as her granddad passed away recently."
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Gemma Oaten and her boyfriend Andy Barnes have broken up
While the 30-year-old actress has not directly addressed the split, she did hint that something had happened in a picture posted to Twitter, writing: "Not everyone will make it to your future. Some people are just passing through to teach you lessons in life."
The former couple started dating after meeting on a train towards the end of 2015. Andy tried to impress Gemma by boasting that he had appeared in three episodes of Emmerdale, without realising that she had starred in the ITV soap for three years.
"It was funny. He was trying to impress me with his three episodes but he didn't know what job I did," Gemma previously revealed. "His poor face dropped when I said. He asked 'How many episodes?' and I was like, 'Nearly three years'."
The actress is said to be heartbroken by the split
The soap actress appears to be getting over the split with the support of her family and friends, and revealed that she was feeling happier on Sunday following a night out in London.
"Starting to feel like me again. Life's there to be grateful for," she wrote. "Appreciate, be true, enjoy a little vino and you'll be reet."