1jesLittle Mix’s Jesy Nelson has denied claims she and fiancé Jake Roche have split, despite being spotted on a night out without her engagement ring just last week and the rumour mill stepped up a gear when fans noticed she’d unfollowed Jake on Instagram. The singer, 25, said she and Jake are still taking their wedding planning slow and haven’t yet set a date – but they are “very much in love”.

It came after Rixton singer Jake, 24, sparked concern among fans when he posted a series of cryptic images to his Instagram over the weekend. He shared three posts, each picturing a black cloud, but didn’t add anything to the captions, prompting his followers to ask what was wrong.

“He felt like when he called me his girlfriend, it wasn’t enough,” Jesy told Idolator in response to a question about whether she gets annoyed when asked when her wedding might be. “He felt like it really undermined our relationship, and he loved the fact that – I don’t know, he loved the fact that he can say I’m his fiancé instead of just girlfriend, and I love that. I think it’s really sweet.”

Jesy revealed the couple, who have been dating since the summer of 2014, won’t go down the overblown celebrity nuptials route when they finally do tie the knot – instead, they’ll just be inviting their closest friends and family to the day. “We’re in no rush. We want to travel the world together,” she went on. “There’s so much we want to do together, and at the moment, we’re focused on our own careers that there just isn’t time. We’re literally in no rush.