Ian Bailey says ex-partner Jules dumped him via a letter
It's over for good.
Earlier this year, Ian Bailey revealed that he and long term partner Jules Thomas has separated after two documentaries about Sophie Toscan du Plantier depicted them still in a committed relationship.
After months without Jules by his side, Ian has finally revealed exactly how everything went down between the pair, and it was all over a letter.
The man at the centre of Sophie Tuscan Du Plantier's murder said it was a letter given to him by Jules that ended their relationship, but it was one of her friends that wrote it.
Leaving the letter on the table in her home in The Prairy in West Cork, she told Ian the relationship was over and asked him to leave and find somewhere else to live.
Writing about the ordeal in the latest Big Issue, he discussed how 2021 was the worst year of his life after spending last Christmas alone.
Ian revealed that Jules had spent the holiday with her family as he sat alone at home with a turkey crown, writing: "Maybe I should have sensed what was subsequently going to happen.
"Little was I to know that after 24 years of interference, abuse and false accusation, that 2021 was going to become the most traumatic and testing period of my life."
"In March a letter arrived hand addressed to me. I remember Jules putting it down on the kitchen table. I did not recognise the writing and opened it wondering who it was from and what message it would contain.
"It was written by a third party at Jules behest informing me that she wanted me out of her life and out of the house. Our journey was at an end."
Ian added that he doesn't think Jules had the courage to write it herself, explaining the reason why another person wrote it.
Bailey was convicted by a French court in 2019 for the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier but in 2020 it was decided by the Irish High Court that he could not be surrendered to France to serve his sentence.
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