THE Wanted star Max George has split from girlfriend Stacey Giggs, The Sun can reveal.
Former Strictly contestant Max, 33, and former wife of football legend Ryan Giggs, 38, have gone their separate ways.
The singer – who toured the dance show with Russian pro Katya Jones earlier this year – has deleted pictures of his ex from his social media.
It comes after Max said Stacey was “The One” just before he joined the BBC dance show in 2020.
Pals are “stunned” as he also once said the idea of breaking up with Stacey was “unthinkable”.
The couple first met at V Festival in 2011 when boy band hunk Max was dating former Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan.
Stacey was married to Man United winger Ryan, 48, with whom she has daughter Libby, 19, and son Zach, 15.
Max reunited with Stacey in 2018 after she was re-introduced by friends and moved into their £3.5million mansion.
Shortly after settling at home, former Preston North End youth footballer Max signed on to appear on Strictly.
He has performed with Australian pro Dianne Buswell and joined this year’s tour partner Katya, 32, after live dates were scrapped in 2021.
Just before agreeing to be on the show, he said of Stacey, “I just think we’re a good match.
“We don’t really think about age and it’s never been part of a discussion.
“We would like to expand the family at some point, that would be great.
“Of course there are no guarantees, but I’m sure we both think the same way.”
He added, “I think Stacey is The One.”
But Max and Stacey hadn’t been seen together since December of last year.
A few weeks later, during the tour, they stopped following each other on Instagram.
A source said: “Friends were stunned by this bombshell as the idea of breaking up was once unthinkable for Max.
“He claimed he found ‘The One’ and she was the person who convinced him he wanted children. He was even happy to fulfill the role of stepfather to their two children.
“Early on in their relationship, he always said it was the strongest bond he’d ever had with a woman and he didn’t feel the age difference was an issue.
“But you can’t get past the fact that they’re at different stages in life and Max re-discovered the limelight after doing the Strictly tour and then performing again with The Wanted.”
Representatives for Stacey and Max declined to comment.
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