LOVE Island's Mary Bedford LIED about her romance with her "footballer boyfriend" Chris Hughes as he insists: "We only went on one date!"
The model had a brief fling after Chris split up with former Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson in August 2020.
And she couldn't resist mentioning him on the show last week – as she admitted not wanting to date a footballer again.
She's currently growing close to player Aaron Simpson who appeared eight times for League of Ireland football club Waterford in 2019.
But Chris tells The Sun Mary isn't a former flame – because they only dated once.
Asked if he knew "his ex" was going on Love Island, Chris insisted: "No, but Mary's not my ex!
"I went on a date with her and I was pictured with her but that was as far as it went. She's a nice girl and I wish her all the best, but she's not my ex.
"It was ages ago, about a year ago. I don't really want to chat about Mary because I don’t really know a lot about her to be honest."
While we know Chris from the telly, the Cheltenham lad did once play a bit of footy for local team Bourton Rovers FC – and it's thought this is who she was discussing.
An onlooker told The Sun at the time: “Chris and Mary went out for a slap-up dinner and looked really close.
"They were kissing and cuddling and were all over each other when they headed out at the end of the evening.
“They headed off in a cab to the train station together and looked really sweet together. He even tied her shoelaces for her.”
Not everyone is convinced that Chris is Mary’s only footballer ex though and there are rumours she also dated a Premier League player.
During her time in the villa so far, Mary was drawn to Toby – also a footballer.
She is now with Aaron, who used to play football for Sutton United.
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