Speaking out since her split from Love Island beau Teddy Soares, Faye Winter admits that during her lowest moments, she found herself unable to carry out the most basic of daily tasks.

The 27-year-old – who broke the sad news of their break-up on Instagram earlier this year after 18-months together – admits that in the weeks since they both moved out of their plush Essex apartment, she's struggled to get out of bed.

Despite her heartache however, Faye tells OK! that her beloved golden retriever pup Bonnie has helped pull her through her lowest moments, giving her a "purpose" when she’s been feeling flat.

"I would not have gotten through half the stuff I have recently if it wasn’t for her," she confesses. "She is my alarm clock in the morning, she gets me up every day and she’s my reason for being.

"The amount of times where I’ve not wanted to get out of bed because I’m in such a low place, but now I don’t have that. I have to get up to feed and walk her every day."

The former lettings manager – who met ex-financial consultant Teddy, 28, during the seventh season of the hit ITV2 dating show and kept viewers gripped with their fiery on-off romance – also credits a busy work schedule with getting her back on track.

"I’ve had so much going on and I’ve got a lot of work-related things to look forward to, so I’m just focusing on these things, really," she says. "I hope Teddy is focusing on his growth."

Opening up on the reason behind their unexpected break up, Faye tells OK! the pressure that accompanied their high-profile romance simply became too much to bear.

"We’re from very different worlds and we were trying to build a relationship in this very high-pressure environment," the 27-year-old reality star explains.

"We got moulded together, but we had different dreams and ambitions and I had to respect Teddy’s. We were so similar and we got on so well – he’ll forever have a very special place in my heart – and it feels like I’m grieving someone."

Her voice cracking with emotion, Faye admits: "It’s so hard. I honestly believed he was my soulmate. It’s always hard to come to terms with these things and him not being there to build a life with.

"But you have to respect each other. It’s a loss, but you’ve got to keep on moving forwards."

And despite being one-half of the longest standing couple of the 2021 series – after winners Millie Court and Liam Reardon called it quits last July – Faye has learned some valuable lessons through her break-up.

"One thing I’ve really learned in the last two years is you can’t plan your future. I’m just going to see if I can make it work," she admits.

"You’re very much made to believe nowadays that you should have everything figured out by 27, but I don’t yet, and that’s OK. I’ve had to come to terms with it, don’t get me wrong."

Follow Faye on Instagram @faye_winter.

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