TOWIE’s Charlie Sims reveals the real reason behind dramatic split

TOWIE star Charlie Sims shocked fans last month when he dramatically quit the show via Twitter, and implied he was also leaving his long-term girlfriend Ferne McCann.

Charlie took to social media to blast Ferne for choosing the show over him, adding, "Everyone can point the finger at me.. But I have morals. And dignity. And some sort of self respect."

Now, the reality star has spoken out about the break-up for the first time, and says he had asked Ferne to quit the show with him but she refused. "When I eventually wanted to walk away, I spoke to Ferne and asked her to walk away with me and she said no. I can't live her dreams for her but they're not mine," he told OK! magazine.

Charlie says that Ferne's decision to stay was especially hurtful given that they had begun work on the show together. "We walked into TOWIE together and we should have walked out the same way," he said.

Despite their explosive ending, Charlie says all may not be lost for him and Ferne. "Unfortunately our paths have gone opposite ways but never say never. I have a lot of love for Ferne, I never wanted to leave her."

As for Ferne, she admitted she was left "heartbroken" by the split but hoped Charlie would soon see sense. "I don't think he was thinking straight," she told Now magazine. "I think he'll regret those tweets."

Discussing Charlie's ultimatum, Ferne said she thought it was unfair of him to force her to make that decision. "TOWIE's my job at the end of the day – it's my career. His behaviour has made me question the future. Now I think we want different things in life."

We hope the pair can work things out!