Melinda Messenger may have split from her First Dates boyfriend Chris Harding, but he took to Instagram on Friday to say he 'doesn't have a bad word to say about her,' a day after it was revealed he had written he 'never ever wants to kiss her again.'
The former photographer shared the update with his followers, the day after Melinda, 47, hit back at rumours that she had behaved 'appallingly' during their split.
Posting a throwback snap of the pair cuddling up on the sofa, Chris wrote: 'Yes, Melinda and I have split. Always heart breaking but out of loyalty to her I won't have a bad word said against her. [sic]
Kind gesture: Melinda Messenger's 'heartbroken' First Dates ex Chris Harding shared this sweet picture on Instagram on Friday, writing that he 'won't have a bad word said about her'
'She has not during or after our relationship "behaved appalingly " in anyway. We split, our reasons are our reasons and that's it. [sic].
'You've all been super kind to both of us and its well received so keep it up.'
Melinda had taken to social media the day before to deny she had behaved badly, although it's not clear what she was referring to, in particular.
Change of heart: Chris seemed in kinder spirits as a day earlier, it emerged that he had written that he 'never ever wants to kiss her again' in the comments section of his social media
She had written: 'It has been alleged that I behaved appallingly in respect of my relationship with Chris Harding and this reflects poorly on my work as a therapist. These allegations are false and deeply upsetting.'
While the reasons for the split are unknown, Melinda and Chris had seemed incredibly loved up since they met on TV show First Dates, eight months ago.
On Thursday, it emerged that Chris had written in the comments section of his social media page that he 'never, ever wants to kiss her again,' although his words on Friday were a little kinder.
Melinda and Chris have not been pictured together on social media since November and Chris confirmed the break-up in the comments section of one of his Instagram pictures.
Happier times: The former couple appeared to have met their match, telling Loose Women in November that they were in love and had introduced their children to one another
Sharing a snap of himself and his friend, 'Trendy', Chris wrote in the comments: 'If