Lauren Goodger has been left feeling traumatised after her four-month-old daughter Larose was taken to hospital last week.
And in a double blow for the former TOWIE star, boyfriend Charles Drury also publicly announced their split.
But a source close to Lauren, 35, has told us that she called time on their relationship a while ago – and she’s shocked by the timing of his statement.
“Lauren and Charles split weeks ago,” our source revealed. “They weren’t compatible any more. She’s really stressed as Larose is in hospital with a severe illness. She didn’t expect him to announce the split while she’s going through this really difficult period.”
Our source added: “He’s had weeks to do this – why has he done this now?”
Taking to Instagram Stories, builder Charles, 24, told his followers he and Lauren “have decided to go our separate ways”.
He continued: “Things must remain civil for the sake of our daughter. Lauren is a great mum so when it comes to Larose we both have her best interests at heart so she will still see us both. I’d appreciate if people could stop making themselves busy & putting their 2 pence in as no drama is needed round here.”
It came just moments after Lauren revealed their baby daughter had been in hospital for three days with an illness, thought to be a virus or infection.
She said Larose is now “on the mend”, but admitted it had been the “hardest” days of her life and that she had struggled to sleep. It also appears that the couple are co-parenting, as Lauren revealed they have been taking it in turns to stay with the tot in the hospital.
“It’s been such a scary time for Lauren,” our source said. “Her priority is Larose and making sure she gets better and out of hospital as quickly as possible.”
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Lauren later addressed the break-up herself, as she hit back at Charles for his post. “I apologise for Charlie talking about our relationship status right now as our daughter is very ill and this is the least of my worries,” she wrote on Instagram Stories.
“I do not wish to comment on the situation at this time as there is much more to it but my priority is getting my daughter better.”
She added that Larose is “the most important thing” to her right now, before adding: “Shame I can’t say that about others.”
Charles then shared a photo of the little one on his Instagram. “When I feel lost, you give me guidance. When I feel weak, you give me strength,” he wrote alongside it. “When I feel down, you lift me up. My girl, my world, my everything.”
Lauren first went public about her romance with Charles in October last year, before welcoming Larose this July.
“It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to both of us. She’s perfect,” Lauren said at the time.
The pair also revealed that their relationship had strengthened as a result of the birth of their daughter.
Charles gushed: “Lauren was amazing throughout the pregnancy and very happy. But seeing what she went through with the pregnancy, how she coped with it and then watching her going through the labour and how she was with our little girl, it made me fall in love with her all over again.”
He added: “It’s a crazy feeling to describe but you can’t put into words how much love I’ve got for both of them.”
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