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Steven Bartlett reveals how he won back ex-girlfriend by flying to Bali after heartbreaking split | The Sun

DRAGONS’ Den investor and podcaster Steven Bartlett has spoken out on how he got his ex-girlfriend back after splitting in 2017.

The 30-year-old businessman, who raked in millions by building his social media marketing firm Social Chain, and French influencer Melanie Vaz Lopes fell in love for the second time in February 2022 after breaking up.

Now he has revealed the efforts he took, which earnt him the love of his life again.

Speaking to podcaster and writer Tolly T for an episode of the My Love is… podcast, Steven said: “She flew to the other side of the world and lived in Bali for a year.

“I think as time went on, I reflected on that, I learnt more about things and life, and sex and relationships, and because she was such a special person, I realised that she was the one.

“So, I flew to Bali, and I went and said sorry to her.”

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Steven says Melanie accepted his apology – and they "stayed friends and met every other day" during his trip.

Steven also revealed Melanie dropped the bombshell she had been with someone else during the split, adding the news was “not easy” for him to take.

But the now new and improved TV personality, who joined BBC One's Dragons’ Den in 2021, claims he was “super mature” about it and appreciated her telling him.

His new ways come as he was “immature” and did not understand when Melanie told him she did not like having sex several months into their first relationship.

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He said: "She turned round to me and said: 'I don't like having sex.'

"As a man, sometimes, that sentence can feel quite perplexing, it can feel emasculating. You think: 'Is it me, and that I'm hitting it wrong or whatever.

"I was immature, and I didn't really understand what that meant.

"I remember trying to ask her: 'What do you mean?' And she said: 'I’m not comfortable talking about this with you.'

"And in my head, I go: 'Well, if we can’t talk about it, we can’t solve it. So, this relationship is done.'"

However, Steven mentioned it was not that she did not like having sex, it is that sex is a language.

Steven said: “Ah, OK. You just have a different language. So let me learn your language, and then we can communicate.”

He added: “In order for me to get the love that I could have, I had to stop being immature; I had to be patient; I had to be understanding.”

Steven sent her a message towards the end of his trip to say he had “an amazing time” seeing Melanie and thanking her for being “so gracious”.

To his surprise, she wanted to see him before he left. That was when everything changed and felt like they “were falling in love again.”

Steven is still dating Melanie now, and they have moved in together – although he adds they try not to post about their relationship on social media.

When asked about marriage, Steven said: “I’m not bothered about marriage. If she wants to do it, fine. But for me, it doesn’t matter.”

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In October 2021, he told The Mirror that he would like six kids.

Melanie runs a beauty and well-being business, and she is also a Reiki Master.

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