GEORGIA Steel has promised to “bounce back” after finding out she was dating a jailed fraudster as she thanks fans for their support.
The Sun Online revealed the Love Island star’s mystery man had posed as a Chelsea footballer to fund a false playboy lifestyle.
She had been seen kissing and holding hands with him in a loved up display earlier this week.
Speaking out for the first time since the news broke, Georgia said: “Thank you to all the support messages I am getting at the moment.
“Can’t reply to them all so just want to say a huge thank you.
“This is a very difficult time and I’m still coming to terms with this myself. I will bounce back I promise.”
It was originally claimed her new man was a rich American, but we can reveal he is failed footballer Medi Abalimba, 26, who was caged for four years in 2014 after masquerading as former Chelsea winger Gael Kakuta to swindle people out of thousands of pounds.
When confronted, he admitted he only told the Love Island star about being in jail yesterday – after The Sun Online contacted her agent.
He said: “I told her everything. She wasn’t judgemental. I don’t want her career affected.”
He added: “We like each other, we are getting on she’s a good girl.
“It’s a beauty and the beast story. I’m considered a monster, but she doesn’t judge me.”
During his court appearance in 2014, prosectors told how Abalimba broke into lockers at a private health club to steal credit card details before splurging on designer clothes and five-star hotels.
He also splashed out on champagne in trendy London nightclubs and once duped staff into running up a £25,000 bar tab – claiming he was a “Premier League star and good for the money”.
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She even introduced the crook to her parents at Lokkum Bar and Grill in Essex after enjoying a day out in the capital smoking sheesha.
The couple spent last night together in Georgia’s flat in South Woodford, North East London.
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