Joe Garratt and Desiree Schlotz have ended their relationship after seven months together. It seems that their long-distance relationship became too much of a struggle to maintain as they are based in separate continents. According to insiders, the good-looking pair plan to stay friends nonetheless.
Desiree confirmed their sad split this week via her Instagram story, when a fan asked her directly if she and Joe were still together. The 23-year-old model responded:
I've been getting this question a lot lately and I just want to clear things up. We recently decided to split up.
Why did Joe Garratt and Desiree Schlotz split?
Insisting that the split was totally amicable, Desiree explained:
We decided to give each other space to figure out our own life and really focus on learning to love ourselves first. We just ask you to respect our decision. We have nothing but love and respect for each other.
A source told The Sun:
Over lockdown Joe went to America to be with Desiree and was there a few months and then went Dubai together again for a couple of months. But Joe had to return back to UK for work and Desiree to America for work and just being a long distance relationship wasn't going to work. It's amicable and they're going to stay friends.
Joe Garratt and Desiree Schlotz’s relationship
Joe and Desiree first went public with their relationship in October last year after Joe wooed her by sliding into her DMs. He asked her to be his girlfriend by drawing a heart in the sand whilst they were on holiday together in the Maldives. Joe described Desiree at the time as the ‘female version’ of himself.