Megan McKenna PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Solemn star is seen after Mike Thalassitis’ death

Mike Thalassitis’s most recent ex-girlfriend Megan McKenna looked solemn as she was seen for the first time since breaking her silence on the reality star’s tragic death.

The former TOWIE star, 26, was pictured leaving her car on Monday after admitting she is ‘in complete shock’ over his death.

Love Island star Mike was found dead in North London on Saturday aged 26, with Metropolitan Police confirming that Mike was found hanged in a park near his home. 

Solemn: Mike Thalassitis's most recent ex-girlfriend Megan McKenna looked solemn as she was seen on Monday after breaking her silence on the reality star's tragic death

Solemn: Mike Thalassitis's most recent ex-girlfriend Megan McKenna looked solemn as she was seen on Monday after breaking her silence on the reality star's tragic death

Solemn: Mike Thalassitis’s most recent ex-girlfriend Megan McKenna looked solemn as she was seen on Monday after breaking her silence on the reality star’s tragic death

Megan released a statement on Twitter on Monday afternoon to offer condolences to his family, two days after Mike’s death. 

She wrote: ‘Sorry I haven’t been on social media but I’m in complete shock and trying to come to terms with this.

‘I can’t believe I’m even writing this post. My thoughts and prayers are with Mike’s family. Rest in peace Mike x’ 

Mike and Megan dated on and off throughout 2018, but ended their relationship for good last August.

Megan previously defended the reality star, insisting that he was not a ‘nasty’ person and there was no other explanation for their break-up than being at ‘different points in their lives.’

In shock: Megan McKenna broke her silence on the death of her ex-boyfriend Mike Thalassitis on Monday afternoon, two days after his death (here in May 2018)

In shock: Megan McKenna broke her silence on the death of her ex-boyfriend Mike Thalassitis on Monday afternoon, two days after his death (here in May 2018)

In shock: Megan McKenna broke her silence on the death of her ex-boyfriend Mike Thalassitis on Monday afternoon, two days after his death (here in May 2018) 

In shock: Megan posted a statement on Twitter on Monday afternoon, to send her thoughts to his family

In shock: Megan posted a statement on Twitter on Monday afternoon, to send her thoughts to his family

In shock: Megan posted a statement on Twitter on Monday afternoon, to send her thoughts to his family

Just weeks before his passing this weekend, Megan became emotional when speaking about her relationship with Mike, while looking for love on Celebs Go Dating. 

In an episode of the E4 dating show that aired in February, the former TOWIE star began to cry before saying she did not want to discuss it further.

Megan said: ‘I think my last relationship, I was kind of… I think I definitely fell in love.’ 

She continued: ‘I don’t really want to talk about it, sorry. But I feel that’s all I want, I want that love back.’ 

Tough: Megan was too overcome with emotion to talk about her relationship with Mike during a previous episode of Celebs Go Dating

Tough: Megan was too overcome with emotion to talk about her relationship with Mike during a previous episode of Celebs Go Dating

Tough: Megan was too overcome with emotion to talk about her relationship with Mike during a previous episode of Celebs Go Dating

She said: 'I don't really want to talk about it, sorry' as the love coaches comforted her

She said: 'I don't really want to talk about it, sorry' as the love coaches comforted her

She said: ‘I don’t really want to talk about it, sorry’ as the love coaches comforted her 

Mike and Megan dated for seven months on and off but ultimately confirmed their separation seven months ago.

They were first romantically linked in February 2018 when they jetted off to spend Valentine’s Day together in Amsterdam. 

On why they ended things, Megan previously said: ‘We just feel like we’re both at different point in our lives.

‘We both respect each other and we didn’t want it to get nasty or messy. 

‘There is only so much you can do in a relationship and when it’s not working you’ve got to take separate routes.’

Relationship: Mike and Megan dated for seven months but confirmed their separation last August (pictured in 2018)

Relationship: Mike and Megan dated for seven months but confirmed their separation last August (pictured in 2018)

Relationship: Mike and Megan dated for seven months but confirmed their separation last August (pictured in 2018) 

Megan was previously in a relationship with fellow TOWIE reality star Pete Wicks, but it ended in a fiery argument aired on the ITVBe reality show.

She continued: ‘I wish [Mike] all the luck in the world, he’s not a nasty person. Everything happens for a reason. 

‘It wasn’t one of those break-ups like ones I’ve had in the past where it was really bitter and nasty, this was more a decision we made together.

‘The way I dealt with things in the past with my exes was by screaming and that was not a good way to deal with it.’ 

Metropolitan Police confirmed that Mike was found hanged in a park in Edmonton, North London on Saturday morning. 

Mike’s manager confirmed the shock news of his passing later that evening.   

The former League One footballer enjoyed a successful playing career before appearing on season three of the revamped dating show Love Island in 2017.

He rose to fame for his exploits in the villa and went on to search for love again in E4’s Celebs Go Dating, months before Megan appeared on the same show.

Star: Mike rose to fame on Love Island in 2017, where he became a TV sensation after his stint in the famous ITV villa (pictured in 2017)

Star: Mike rose to fame on Love Island in 2017, where he became a TV sensation after his stint in the famous ITV villa (pictured in 2017)

Star: Mike rose to fame on Love Island in 2017, where he became a TV sensation after his stint in the famous ITV villa (pictured in 2017)

Speaking to MailOnline on Monday, Mike’s grandmother Rose Leitlands said the star’s death is ‘like a nightmare’. 

Speaking at her home in Poole, Dorset, his 89-year-old nan, admitted: ‘I just can’t believe it.

‘There was no reason for it and I keep thinking I’m going to wake up. I have nothing else to say’.

Messages of support for Megan flooded in after she broke her silence on social media on Monday.

One follower said: ‘You’re the first person I think that I’ve seen that’s actually said rest in peace… May peace be with you as it also is with him now… 

‘It must be so hard for you as well… We’re all thinking of you Meg it must be so hard for you… it’s shocking for people who didn’t know him let alone those who did, I can’t imagine how you feel. so very sad…’

Another said: ‘Absolutely awful poor @mike_thala.. so sad he felt he had no1 to turn to… Thinking of his friends and family at this sad time x @megan_mckenna_ x…’

 

Condolences: Love Island stars formerly coupled up with Mike in the villa in 2017 said they too were in shock when they sent tributes immediately after the news on Saturday evening

Condolences: Love Island stars formerly coupled up with Mike in the villa in 2017 said they too were in shock when they sent tributes immediately after the news on Saturday evening

Condolences: Love Island stars formerly coupled up with Mike in the villa in 2017 said they too were in shock when they sent tributes immediately after the news on Saturday evening

A representative for Megan McKenna has been contacted by MailOnline for further comment.  

Mike’s former love interest Tyla Carr, 26, who was partnered up with the star on Love Island two years ago, was one of the first to share kind words in a tribute on Saturday night.  

She tweeted: ‘I can’t believe the call I’ve just had. Mike, you were loved by all of the Love island family. 

‘You’ll be missed so much. All my love goes out to your friends and family. Shocked.’ 

He also also coupled up with Olivia Attwood on the show in 2017, who simply posted a broken heart.

Love Island ex Jessica Shears said she too was in ‘complete shock’ after this weekend’s news.

‘I was lucky enough to get to know Mike,’ the model tweeted. ‘He was the loveliest guy. My heart breaks for his family.’ 

If you have been affected by this story, call The Samaritans at any time, from any phone for FREE. Call 116 123. 

Past: Speaking of the split, Megan said: 'I can't even say why we split. I just feel like we're both at different point in our lives' (pictured in 2018)

Past: Speaking of the split, Megan said: 'I can't even say why we split. I just feel like we're both at different point in our lives' (pictured in 2018)

Past: Speaking of the split, Megan said: ‘I can’t even say why we split. I just feel like we’re both at different point in our lives’ (pictured in 2018)

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