EastEnders star Shona McGarty’s secret split from fiancé Ryan Harris
EastEnders star Shona McGarty has revealed that she secretly split from her fiancé last year.
The 28-year-old actress, who plays Whitney Dean in the BBC soap, and her electrician beau Ryan Harris, went their separate ways a while ago.
She says they simply grew apart.
Shona told the Daily Star: "Nothing bad happened, it was all very amicable. We were together for a long time, but it just wasn't meant to be."
She also revealed that although she split from Ryan last year, she doesn't feel ready to move on.
She added: "I'm not ready to date anyone else at the moment and I think it's really important to have some time by yourself.
"As I've got older it's refreshing because I no longer care what people think of me any more. I'm definitely older and wiser."
The actress, who has been playing troubled Whitney since 2008, said she feels "lucky" to have been able to grow up around so many wonderful people while working on EastEnders.
And she said she's in a "good place" now that she's single.
Shona and Ryan announced their engagement back in January 2018.
At that point, they had been together for five years after meeting through mutual friends in 2013.
Ryan popped the question to her during her surprise birthday party.
"I turned around and Ryan was down on one knee and I started crying," she said at the time.
He added to OK! magazine: "As soon as I knew she was ready [for marriage] I was throwing her off the scent!"
They also spoke about how they met through friends, and how Ryan had no idea who she was despite her soap fame.
"It took a bit of getting used to Shona being in the public eye and it was a shock at the time as a lot of people would come over to Shona when we were out," Ryan said.
Shona had previously dated her EastEnders co-star Matt Lapinskas before finding love with Ryan.
Describing her break-up with the actor as "humiliating", Shona said she'd found it easy to talk to Ryan.
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