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Melinda Messenger splits from fiancé Dr. Raj Joshi – who she met on Celebrity SAS – just six months after the pair got engaged in New Zealand

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Melinda Messenger has split from her fiancé survival expert Dr. Raj Joshi, just six months after the pair got engaged in New Zealand. 

The former Page 3 girl, 53, announced her engagement to Dr. Raj in August after the pair met while filming Celebrity SAS.

Melinda began secretly dating Joshi, 47, after meeting on the Channel 4 show while it filmed in Vietnam, with fans originally believing they met on a charity hike in Nepal.

But the couple have now reportedly called it quits. 

A source told The Sun that the ex glamour model is ‘gutted’ to see the relationship end, because she thought he was ‘the one’ after the pair bonded over the SAS experience.

Melinda Messenger has split from her fiance survival expert Dr. Raj Joshi after the pair argued over each other’s lifestyle 

MailOnline has contacted Melinda’s representatives for comment. 

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Melinda had originally confirmed the engagement in an Instagram post in August and revealed wedding plans were already well underway.

Melinda wrote: ‘We’ve got some very happy news to share. @raj.joshi.expedition and I got engaged in beautiful New Zealand at Matariki, the Māori New year, and we are getting married next year!’ 

The mother-of-three revealed her engagement alongside a picture of the couple arm-in-arm before a sweeping, mountainous view of the New Zealand countryside. 

The pair climbed Welsh landmark Mount Snowdon together as part of her preparations for the expedition through Nepal’s Langtang Valley, close to the border with Tibet, which has altitudes of up to 12,600ft.

In an interview with The Mirror, she said: ‘Being in your 50s is such an important and powerful stage in life. And the challenge is to keep on growing and developing.

Happy news: Melinda had confirmed her engagement to survivalist Dr. Raj Joshi after he proposed during their current stay in New Zealand

Happy news: Melinda had confirmed her engagement to survivalist Dr. Raj Joshi after he proposed during their current stay in New Zealand

‘You shouldn’t stop when you get to a certain age. It’s good to keep challenging yourself. As I have got older, I am much happier and I don’t care what I look like if I fail.’

Melinda chose Nepal for her trek because she fell in love with the country 10-years ago when she visited her brother – who lives there. 

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Joshi, an exhibition leader, organised the trip through his own travel company The Adventure Boutique, a London-based business that offers ‘tailor-made trips, embedded with taste, that are a little out of the ordinary.’ 

The survivalist has previously worked with David Beckham on one-off documentary Into The Unknown, in which the former footballer journeys across rural Brazil with two friends. 

Additionally, he has worked alongside a host of celebrities for BBC show Kilimanjaro: The Big Red Nose Climb – among them Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Love Island winner Dani Dyer and former BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker. 

In June he shared a photo of his new fiancé as she attended a special Hindu and Buddhist ceremony during her charity trip to South Asia. 

Old times: Melinda divorced husband of 14-years Wayne Roberts, with whom she shares three children, in 2012 and admitted last year that she wanted to start dating again

Old times: Melinda divorced husband of 14-years Wayne Roberts, with whom she shares three children, in 2012 and admitted last year that she wanted to start dating again

Previously: In June, Joshi shared a photo of his new fiancée as she attended a special ceremony during her charity trip to Nepal in South Asia, where she raised money for the construction of a local school for the deaf

Previously: In June, Joshi shared a photo of his new fiancée as she attended a special ceremony during her charity trip to Nepal in South Asia, where she raised money for the construction of a local school for the deaf

There she is: Melinda also appears in a recent post added to the official Instagram account for his London-based travel company, The Adventure Boutique

There she is: Melinda also appears in a recent post added to the official Instagram account for his London-based travel company, The Adventure Boutique 

Captioning the post, he wrote: ‘Here’s a quick shot of Melinda Messenger and some of the group at the Puja for their blessing during our trekking challenge to the Langtang region of Nepal…

‘Puja is a special ceremony that is performed to avert and clear the three types of obstacles (worldly obstacles, inner obstacles and secret obstacles), these prevent us from achieving our worldly and spiritual goals.

‘Removing these obstacles will help us to achieve happiness and good fortune in all our activities.

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‘We are so blessed to have been a part of this special ceremony.’ 

Responding to the post, Melinda wrote: ‘This was such a special experience in so many different ways, we were very lucky.’ 

Melinda is a mother to sons Morgan, 22, Flynn, 20, and 18-year old daughter Evie with ex-husband Wayne Roberts, and she admitted last year that she wanted to start dating again.

Previously: Melinda embarked on a relationship with ski instructor Warren Smith after meeting on the set of reality show The Jump, but later admitted the romance was a 'whirlwind'

Previously: Melinda embarked on a relationship with ski instructor Warren Smith after meeting on the set of reality show The Jump, but later admitted the romance was a ‘whirlwind’

Don't mind me: Following her split with Smith she attended The Float Like a Butterfly Ball with hunky lawyer Joel Mason in 2017 - Melinda later insisted they were not dating

Don’t mind me: Following her split with Smith she attended The Float Like a Butterfly Ball with hunky lawyer Joel Mason in 2017 – Melinda later insisted they were not dating 

The couple divorced in 2012 after 14-years of marriage, with Melinda later embarking on a relationship with ski instructor Warren Smith after meeting on the set of Channel 4 reality show The Jump.

She later admitted the relationship was a ‘whirlwind’ and went from ‘zero to a hundred’ with the pair sharing a room and all the contestants knowing they were together.

 

Melinda and Warren eventually sold their separate homes and bought a six bedroom Berkshire property together in July 2014. But the former glamour model said within days of moving in she began to have doubts over their long-term future.

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‘I just said, ‘Right, that’s it, I can’t do this any more,’ she told The Sun. ‘It’s a real shame that I had to end it. But we both had very different lives and they weren’t compatible. 

‘I would be happy at home in between work but Warren has had a much different lifestyle, he travels constantly.’

All over: Her last known relationship, with photographer Chris Harding - who she met after signing up for Celebrity First Dates - ended in 2019

All over: Her last known relationship, with photographer Chris Harding – who she met after signing up for Celebrity First Dates – ended in 2019

Unexpected: In a bizarre twist of fate, Harding later claimed he had served as wedding photographer for Melinda and ex-husband Roberts during their 1998 marriage ceremony

Unexpected: In a bizarre twist of fate, Harding later claimed he had served as wedding photographer for Melinda and ex-husband Roberts during their 1998 marriage ceremony

Following their separation, a spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘It’s been a very tough time for Melinda but now she is looking forward to a happy 2018 with her children and pursuing her career in TV. 

‘She has been studying psychotherapy for the past few years and hopes to merge this into her TV career and use it moving forward to help with producing programmes about mental health issues which affect all of us at one time or another.’ 

Her last known relationship, with photographer Chris Harding – who she met after signing up for Celebrity First Dates – ended in 2019.

In a bizarre twist of fate, Harding later claimed he served as wedding photographer for Melinda and ex-husband Roberts during their 1998 marriage ceremony in Bali. 

The former glamour model has since dismissed the claim by confirming her wedding photographer was Alan Strutt.  

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Source: Daily Mail

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