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Former EastEnders stars Jessica Plummer and Ben Hardy ‘call time on their relationship in surprise split’ – after ‘growing apart due to busy schedules’

Jessica Plummer and Ben Hardy have reportedly parted ways after going public with their relationship back in 2021.

The former EastEnders actors are said to have fallen victim to busy work schedules, leading to them ‘growing apart’.

Despite keeping the romance low-key, which allegedly began while they filmed The Girl Before together, the duo enjoyed a trip to Turkey this past summer.

According to The Mirror, sources close to Ben and Jessica claim that the pair have bene too busy to keep the relationship afloat.

One insider shared: ‘Ben and Jessica were besotted with each other but work has meant they spent a lot of time apart.

It's over: Former EastEnders stars Jessica Plummer and Ben Hardy have reportedly called time on their relationship in a surprise split- after 'growing apart due to busy schedules'

It’s over: Former EastEnders stars Jessica Plummer and Ben Hardy have reportedly called time on their relationship in a surprise split- after ‘growing apart due to busy schedules’

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‘Over time it’s taken its toll and recently they decided to call it a day,’ they continued.

MailOnline has contacted representatives of Ben and Jessica for comment. 

Ben still follows his alleged ex-girlfriend on Instagram, but she appears not to follow him anymore. 

The split comes after it appeared they were still going strong in the summer of 2022 when they celebrated Ben’s 31st birthday six months late with a holiday to Turkey. 

Ben and Jessica are both EastEnders alumni, with the latter portraying Chantelle Atkins from 2019 until 2022, while the former was an earlier star of the show when playing Peter Beale from 2013–2015.

The couple then starred alongside one another for four-part BBC drama The Girl Before, growing close as they portrayed on-screen couple Simon and Emma.

After months of circulating rumours, they confirmed the romance shortly after appearing in the drama with a PDA display in central London.

Embracing one another near a taxi after a night with pals at Soho House, the couple were snapped looking ultra cosy.

On-screen: The couple starred alongside one another for four-part BBC drama The Girl Before (pictured on the show)

On-screen: The couple starred alongside one another for four-part BBC drama The Girl Before (pictured on the show)

Socials: Ben still follows his alleged ex-girlfriend on Instagram

Cut off? But she appears not to follow him anymore

Socials: Ben still follows his alleged ex-girlfriend on Instagram, but she appears not to follow him anymore

 It came shortly after it was reported that Ben had split from his girlfriend Olivia Cooke earlier that year, with sources claiming at the time their romance ‘fizzled out.’ 

It’s no surpise that the pair have been swamped with work, as Ben went on to star in Hollywood films such as Bohemian Rhapsody and X-Men: Apocalypse following his departure from EastEnders.

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While Jessica came seventh in 2020’s I’m A Celebrity, and shares a daughter, Noa, six, with her former boyfriend. 

Bond: They are thought to have grown close while portraying on-screen couple Simon and Emma

Bond: They are thought to have grown close while portraying on-screen couple Simon and Emma

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