Hamlin, 23, and the England native, 26, called it quits before the new year. Their breakup was “a shock to some of their closest friends,” a source reveals, especially after Booker spent the holidays with the Hamlin family.
“A few days later, they were broken up,” the insider tells Us. “They were so in love.”
The pair were first linked in April 2019, one year after Booker appeared on season 4 of Love Island UK. They confirmed their romance in May 2019 and “even talked about” marriage before pulling the plug on their romance, per the source.
Last spring, the duo celebrated their two-year anniversary with sweet social media tributes.
“I love you forever. 2 years with you and I couldn’t have asked for a better person to do it with. @eyalbooker,” Hamlin gushed via Instagram alongside a black-and-white PDA photo.
Booker, for his part, wrote: “2 years with you 💘 I fell in love with you the day we met. I wondered how we would make this work but 2 years on we’ve done a pretty good job so far. Thousands of miles apart at times & a global pandemic to overcome but we’ve always done exactly that… overcome all that life throw at us. It’s not always easy & we’ve definitely had our ups and downs but that’s what it’s all about.”
At the time, the reality star thanked the model for encouraging him to be his “authentic self,” concluding, “I’m excited to keep learning about you, learning with you and navigating this crazy thing we call life with together. I love you @delilahbelle.”
Several months later, Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin‘s daughter opened up about experiencing a “scary” health struggle, which included a reliance on Xanax. During a lengthy November 2021 Instagram video, Delilah Belle explained that she sought treatment after being over-prescribed by a psychiatrist.
“I overdosed on this one medication called Propranolol. I took Benadryl with it and, for some reason, I ended up in the hospital,” she revealed. “I had already come down on the Xanax. I wasn’t like a drug addict, but my body was dependent on it because of how much the doctor had prescribed me.”
The California native hinted at the time that there were some people who discouraged her from sharing her story, but Booker lent his support to his then-girlfriend.
“I love you & know you will get better. Day by day ❤️,” he commented on her video. “So proud of you for continuing to fight xxxx.”
Booker was Delilah Belle’s “rock” through her challenging time, a source exclusively told Us last fall. According to the first insider, the duo’s new relationship status won’t change their friendship.
“The new year will be a good fresh start for [Delilah]. She’ll be focusing on her health and her career,” the source says. “Eyal has been a part of her family and has been by her side during her struggles. There’s no doubt they will remain friends. He’s always been supportive of her and will continue to.”
Ahead of the pair’s split, Rinna, 58, and her husband, 70, were fans of their eldest daughter’s beau.
“My husband, Harry, made it quite clear that he would not object if Delilah and Eyal got married, which is pretty shocking, but that says a lot,” the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star said during an August 2021 episode of the Bravo series, comparing Delilah Belle’s relationship with Amelia Gray Hamlin and ex Scott Disick‘s romance — which Rinna and Harry didn’t approve of.
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