GARETH Gates has taken back the £30,000 engagement ring he gave to ex Faye Brookes.
The singer has demanded for the Coronation Street actress to give him back the four carat diamond ring he gave to her when he popped the question in January this year, shortly after they announced their split earlier this week.
A source exclusively told The Sun Online: "The split has been really upsetting for both parties.
"Gareth asked Faye to hand the ring over after they broke up."
Faye, 31, was believed to be "surprised" by the request, but handed over the expensive item of jewellery, which is estimated to be worth a five-figure sum, "without a fuss".
The insider continued: "Faye was surprised but gave it back to him without a fuss."
The Sun Online has reached out to both Faye and Gareth's representatives for comment.
Faye has cancelled her plans to move to London to pursue her career, but doesn't know who to confide in about the split, as Gareth, 35, warned her people could sell her story for financial gain.
A separate source close to Faye – who played Kate Connor in the ITV soap – previously told The Sun Online: "Gareth convinced her people just wanted to make money out of her and not to trust them.
"Even those with the best of intentions are scared to offer advice in case it backfires".
The former couple have dated on and off for the last seven years, with Gareth proposing in January this year.
However, their romance has not always been smooth sailing as they split in September last year, only to reunite and get engaged four months later.
Gareth was accused of being "controlling", as The Sun revealed their split last year was because of his refusal to let Faye socialise with her Corrie co-stars without him, which led to constant rows.
An insider said at the time: “At certain points in their relationship Gareth was very controlling.
“He wasn’t always happy with Faye going on nights out with her friends from work without him which inevitably led to arguments between them."
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