“He flew off determined there was no chance he was going to weaken again,” confides a mate, adding Richie has had two girlfriends since 27-year-old Alex, but both relationships were short-lived.
“Time is a great healer and his plan was to be as polite and courteous to Alex as possible.”
New Idea understands producers took some time to convince Richie, 33, to confront the love of his life in front of more than a dozen cameras.
“Richie figured one of three things was going to happen in Fiji,” reveals the friend.
“Alex would either apologise, make his time there as uncomfortable as possible – which would make for good TV – or try to win him back.” Only time will tell!
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