26/04/2012 08:09 BST

Maria Fowler Splits From Boyfriend Lee Croft

Ex-TOWIE star Maria Fowler has confirmed she has split with her footballer boyfriend Lee Croft.

Maria - who packed up her life in Essex to move to Scotland to be with him - revealed her heartache on Twitter.

She wrote: "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."

She later added: "I am hurting so much."

The couple have been together since October, and Maria moved to Scotland in January after Lee was signed to Scottish team St Johnstone.

She hit the town for a post-break up night out on Tuesday, and has since opened up to the Daily Mail revealing she has moved back to Essex.

"It's been a really tough time for me," she said. "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.

"I am back in Essex planning the next stage of my career."