Dani Dyer has opened up about her relationship with her ex-boyfriend Sammy Kimmence.
The Love Island star welcomed her first child with Sammy back in January, a baby boy named Santiago.
But the couple called it quits in July, after Sammy pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud and was handed a 42 month prison sentence, which he must serve at least half of.
Dani, who has since been linked to West Ham footballer Jarrod Bowen, chatted to her father Danny on the latest episode of their Sorted With The Dyers podcast about where she and Sammy stand today.
She said: “You are never really friends with your ex-boyfriend. It’s a little bit different in my situation.”
“Obviously, I will always have a relationship with Santi’s dad, it’s very different when you have children. You’re tied together by blood and you’re always going to have a relationship there. But there’s still a line.”
She added: “Why would you want to be friends with an ex? You want to move on with your life. You split up for a reason. I feel like if you’ve split up with someone just leave it.”
When asked if she still speaks to any of her exes, the reality star replied: “No. You don’t need to be friends with your ex-boyfriend, unless you have a child. You don’t need to have that connection.”
“I just feel that when you’re in a relationship with someone you have so many obstacles, you don’t want to be worrying about an ex partner. The next relationship I’m in, there will be no ex lingering around.”
Sammy pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud, after posing as a financial investor and scamming two pensioners out of nearly £34k.
According to The Sun, Sammy broke down in tears at Portsmouth Crown Court when he received his 42 month jail sentence.
In a letter addressed to the victims, Sammy apologised for being “an awful human”.
He said: “I would like to begin by apologising firstly for even having to write this letter to you. The crime I committed years ago was totally unacceptable and I take full responsibility for my actions which have led me to where I am now.”
“When these crimes were committed, I was a completely different person, I was a youngster, driven by ego, opinions and looking like something I wasn’t. I looked up to people who I believed were successful which in reality they were far from it [sic].”
Sammy said “nothing will ever justify” his actions, but insisted he’s “come a long way” since then.
“I cannot erase the memory of how much of an awful human being I was, I can only learn from it which I feel like I have done over the years,” the letter continued.
“I understand the impact that my actions have had, not only financially but emotionally, and the detriment that this has had on both Mr Haynes and Mr Martin and their families as well.”
“Recently becoming a father myself, I now realise how much of an impact this can have not only one person [sic] but a family unit as a whole and I am ashamed to have put those families through everything that I have. For this, I am truly sorry.”
“I have since been saving up money in order to repay all the monies lost to both Mr Haynes and Mr Martin, which I fully intend to do.”
Sammy’s victims had been his clients when he worked as Senior Trader at Equine Global Sports Limited – a firm which later went into liquidation.
The company received money from their customers to place bets on horse races on their behalf.
After the company closed, Sammy contacted his two victims and told them he would continue investing their money in the same way – but instead used it at restaurants, nightclubs, a hotel in Ibiza and on a personalised number plate for his Mercedes.
Prosecutor Mike Mason said in court: “This was a very unpleasant fraud against two men who Mr Kimmence deliberately targeted. He targeted them because they were old, they were vulnerable and somewhat isolated. This wasn’t something he migrated into from a friendship. This was something he planned.”
One victim said in a statement: “I have been left at times very stressed over having now given £1,000s to Sammy, who I thought was investing it for me. This whole process with Sammy has affected my trust in people.”
The second victim said: “In one go all the savings I have accrued over my working life were wiped out. My bank account shows zero.”
“I have been sick with worry at my situation and have lost a lot of weight from stress and worry. It is no exaggeration to say I was left living on the breadline because of his actions and dishonesty.”
Sammy previously denied the charges, but changed his plea to guilty in April.