A QUICK BREAK; What I'm A Celeb Jake told his girlfriend he wanted... then she saw him in jungle and read that he'd dumped her.
Byline: EXCLUSIVE BY GRACE MACASKILL and JANINE YAQOOB
EXCLUSIVE BY GRACE MACASKILL and JANINE YAQOOB JAKE Quickenden told his girlfriend he needed a break for a couple of weeks - then she got a cruel surprise when he popped up in the jungle.
And Victoria Skerrow found out she was dumped when the former X Factor star described himself as single in an interview in publicity for ITV's I'm A Celebrity.
Victoria, 24, had agreed to a two-week break from Jake, 26, but did not think their four-year romance was over.
So she was horrified to read him say: "I am currently single.
"We broke up about a month ago. I know she'll support everything. We're gonna stay friends."
A pal of Victoria said: "Jake asked for a break for a couple of weeks. She agreed because she thought he needed a bit of space. Then he turned up on I'm A Celeb-rity, and she read interviews saying they'd broken up because Jake wanted to concentrate on his career.
"To say she was upset is an understatement. He may want to stay friends but I'm not sure she'll be able to after the way he so publicly dumped her."
The couple met as teenagers but she repeatedly turned him down due to his "Jake the Snake" reputation as a ladies' man.
She eventually gave in and was there for him when he lost his 19-yearold brother Oliver to bone cancer in 2012.
His dad had died of the same cancer four years earlier.
She also supported Jake when he was booted off The X Factor this year. But as he prepared to go to Australia for I'm A Celebrity, knowing viewers would be keen for a jungle romance he ditched Victoria so he could try for female attention with a clear conscience, a source close to him claims.
"He's fame-hungry and he'll do anything to become a celebrity," our insider said.
"He chose fame over Victoria, which is sad especially as she stood by him when his brother and dad died from cancer.
"Going into the jungle with a girlfriend wasn't going to work for Jake. "He wanted to be single so he was free to get up close and personal with some of the ladies out in Oz.
"He knew that'd be a sure-fire way to keep him on the show as long as possible."
Fans have seen Jake flirting in the jungle with Playboy girl Kendra Wilkinson, 29, Irish star Nadia Forde, 25, and TV host Melanie Sykes, 44.
Before going on the show he said he was up for a "holiday romance", adding: "Blondes or brunettes, older women, younger women - I just love women."
This week Victoria unfollowed a Twitter feed detailing Jake's antics Down Under.
Victoria last night declined to comment at the home she shares with her parents near Doncaster, South Yorks.
Jake's representative Gary Howard also wouldn't comment, simply saying: "Jake will put his side of the story across when he leaves the jungle."
Flirty: Jake cuddles jungle mate Kendra on I'm A Celebrity
Break-up: Jake with ex Victoria