"I wish I had ended up being friendlier with my ex": Body Coach Joe Wicks reveals his guilt for separating from the former Swedish girlfriend he was with for 10 years
- Joe Wicks has raised money for the NHS with his lockdown workouts
- But the fitness king is guilty of how he treated his Swedish ex-girlfriend
- Wicks has been with her for ten years and admits that in the end he was not kind to her
- He is now married and has two children with ex-girl Rosie Jones
He has reportedly been proposed for an OBE for his efforts to raise money for the NHS from his lockdown workouts.
But keeping fit King Joe Wicks has admitted that he didn't always put friendliness first and in a new interview said that he treated his former girlfriend Caroline Ekström badly.
When asked who he would most like to apologize to, the 33-year-old replied: "I would like to apologize to my ex-girlfriend. I was with her for ten years. I wish I had treated her with more respect and ended up being friendlier. "
Fitness king Joe Wicks (pictured), who had raised thousands of pounds for the NHS through lockdown workouts, showed that he has not always been kind to people in the past
Wicks admitted that he regretted that he separated from his ex-girlfriend Caroline Ekström (pictured) in 2016. He had been in a relationship with her for ten years
The open comments are the first indication that their separation in 2016 was anything but amicable.
It took months for Wicks to meet his wife, ex-girl Rosie Jones, with whom he now has two young children.
Wicks told his 2.4 million YouTube subscribers that Rosie, 29, was "the hottest substitute teacher ever" when she recently stood up for him and led online training after injuring his wrist.
But for years friends had expected Ms. Ekström to be by his side when his boundless energy drove him to success.
The Swedish fashion company boss, who has a remarkable resemblance to Ms. Jones, met Wicks in Byron Bay, New South Wales in 2006 while they were both backpacking. They returned to the UK to live together while Wicks studied sports science and a degree in business management from Kingston University.
His first stalled outing in public was in 2008 as a candidate in a newspaper modeling contest when "Student and Part-Time Worker Joe, 22" said, "I would like to do that for a job." Working with beautiful women all day? Brilliant! & # 39;
He added, "My friend Caroline says I am great at it."
He didn't win the competition, but when he started to build a following on the internet, he often mentioned Caroline in interviews.
In 2016, he told The Mail on Sunday how his first Instagram clip "Get slim in 15 minutes" only got 98 likes, far removed from the hundreds of thousands he now receives from his 3.7 million Instagram followers.
Wicks met ex-girl Rosie Jones (pictured) shortly after separation from Ms. Ekstrom and is now married to two children
Ms. Jones (left) supported Wicks (right) in his fitness videos after the lockdown training star injured her hand
But while his friends viewed the article as "silly", he said it was Ms. Ekström who called him to say, "I like your video."
By then Ms. Ekström had graduated, worked for several high-end fashion companies and founded Oldstrom, a fashion import company based in trendy Shoreditch in East London.
When asked at the beginning of 2016 whether they wanted to get married, Mr. Wicks replied: "Of course we are."
But until this summer, he admitted that traveling around the world with a busy schedule had strained their relationship.
He said, "We broke up two months ago just before I went to work in America."
In contrast to his latest recording, however, he said at the time that the separation was mutually acceptable.
"We just grew apart," he added. "But we're still really good friends. There was no malice."
Ms. Ekström declined to comment last night and Wicks & # 39; Agent did not respond.
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