CORRIE star Alex Bain has shared a heartbreaking message telling fans he’s quitting social media after calling off his engagement to student fiancée Mollie Lockwood.
The actor, 21, who has played Simon Barlow on the ITV soap for 15 years, parted ways with the 19-year-old aspiring actress last month after three years of dating.
Sharing an emotional message to Instagram Stories, Alex told his fans that he needed some time out from social media following the split.
He wrote: “Due to recent personal life events, I will be taking a break from all forms of social media. I’m sure you can all understand.
“I will still be around however, because of certain numbers of comments made on the recent articles, and numerous other personal reasons, I will stepping away for a while to work on myself and personal healing.
“For now, unless it’s necessary for me to be here, I will be very absent for a while.”
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The Coronation Street favourite, who has played Simon Barlow on the show since 2009, then urged people to “be kind” as he hinted at “struggling” with nasty comments aimed at him following the news of his split.
Alex added: “Remember everyone: try to be kind to people in the world, as under the surface no one knows everyone’s own struggles.” He then signed off with: “And to those who have messaged me personally: I have seen them and I thank you, from the bottom of my heart.”
Alex’s announcement of a lengthy social media break comes after The Sun revealed he and Mollie had called time on their three-year relationship – six months after they had got engaged.
The couple shared the news last October that they were set to tie the knot following Alex’s romantic proposal.
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Speaking out the breakup, an insider revealed: “They’re gutted the relationship didn’t work out, but they’re both so young it’s hard to make such a big commitment early on in their lives. Their mates have rallied around to support them and keep them busy. Simon is focused on the soap and getting stuck into storylines and his role.”
Discussing their engagement last year in a glossy magazine shoot, Alex, who has a four-year-old daughter Lydia-Rose with ex-girlfriend Levi Selby, 21, said: "I thought, 'If I don't do it now, I'll keep getting more and more nervous'.
"I was pretty certain she'd say, 'Yes', but I was still bricking it. I can't spend my life with anyone else.
"My parents married really young. They’ve always said to me that it seems like I’ve finally found someone I have a real connection with. "My mum, especially, claims she knew Mollie was for me when she first met her."
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