Farmer Wants A Wife star Ben ended his relationship with Leish after it “fizzled out” following months of attempting to make it work long distance.
A friend of the farmer tells Yahoo Lifestyle he “still loves Leish” but “dating in the real world was a lot different to the bubble when filming the show”.
Ben, who is currently unable to comment publicly as he is under contract with Seven, has told pals he’s “heartbroken” that he’s being made out to be a villain, prompting them to speak out.
“After filming ended Ben and Leish tried to make it work and she came to the farm a couple of times and he went to Brisbane every second week, but it was impossible to keep up long-term,” the friend says.
“He has 50/50 custody of his daughter, has the farm to run and couldn’t afford to constantly be doing the seven-hour trip and away for so long.”
When asked about Leish’s Instagram post where she said she was “planning on moving to the farm” in Wingham, NSW, Ben’s friend disputes this.
“Yeah they discussed the idea of her moving down, but never had a date in mind and that wouldn’t have been for a long time. When they were doing the long-distance thing they had struggles like every couple, and Ben would never have asked her to give up her life in Brisbane when he wasn’t 100 per cent.”
The friend added: “It’s sad for them both as no one did anything wrong. If Leish lived an hour away it might have been a different story.”
Shock split leads to wild rumours
When Leish announced the split last week, the star said she was "absolutely shocked and heartbroken" after the farmer changed his mind about their relationship.
Wild rumours have been flying about the real reason Ben dumped the blonde beauty, with fans wondering if he has been chasing runner-up Kiani Olsen.
Kiani and Ben’s chemistry sizzled on the show, and the younger brunette even shared a kiss with the farmer before he chose Leish.
Fans shared their theories on social media, with one writing: “He has moved on with Kiani. I think he wanted her right up until the end.”
However, Yahoo Lifestyle can reveal that there’s no truth behind this rumour, as the pair haven’t spoken since the show finished.
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