The pair had recently taken a big step in their relationship by buying a house together just before they separated. Canterbury resident Ross had done her best to keep the relationship alive. She told newspaper Metro in November 2018, “I’d given [Andy] an ultimatum but he didn’t take the final chance. I loved him to bits and could have never pictured myself without him after we’d built a life together – we’d only just bought a house.”
Her friends and family rallied around her, persuading her to put distance between herself and her ex to minimize the temptation of getting back together with him. Ross recounted the advice they had given her; “It had only been a few days, but my friends and family were telling me to just go – that way I wouldn’t be tempted to take Andy back.”
Ross duly took their advice and jetted off to Florida very soon after the break-up. She had been commissioned some modeling work over there for a few sports and leisurewear clothing brands; it seemed like a golden opportunity to get away from it all. It wasn’t long, however, before misfortune struck.