RO­MANCE ENDED IN TEARS

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Gillian and Adrian af­ter 2012 win But Gavin re­grets it all now any­one?’ She said: ‘You just have to be care­ful’. I as­sumed that’s the rea­son why she didn’t tell me at first.”

As the ro­mance de­vel­oped, Gavin says that Gillian tried to help him get off unem­ploy­ment benefit.

He ex­plains: “She hated me be­ing on ben­e­fits so she told me to come off them.

“I was ner­vous be­cause I’d re­lied on them for years.

“I was of­fered two or three jobs, but she told me to turn them down.”

Gavin claims he tried to play peace­maker be­tween Gillian and her es­tranged fam­ily – dad Ian Mccul­loch, 71, mum Brenda, 68, and brother Colin, 43.

They were liv­ing in a car­a­van park when Gillian hit the jack­pot.

At the time Ian said of his daugh­ter: “Money won’t change Gillian. She’s just a lovely girl, a gem.”

But the fam­ily later claimed Gillian

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Gav & Gillian hit it off turned her back on them. In re­sponse, Gillian has said: “It’s up­set­ting and raw.

“The money was sup­posed to make ev­ery­body happy. But it’s made them de­mand­ing and greedy.

“They’ve been given money and houses and cars but still wanted more.”

Gavin says he only found out his re­la­tion­ship with Gillian was over when a reporter came to his door.

He be­lieves one of the rea­sons the ro­mance even­tu­ally turned sour was be­cause he tried to get her to heal her fam­ily rift.

Gavin says: “She never talked about her par­ents, she avoided any con­ver­sa­tion about them. I just didn’t get it, I of­fered to come with her to me­di­ate – but she didn’t want any help.”

Gavin was keen to an­swer ac­cu­sa­tions Gillian and Gavin pulling silly faces that he had be­haved like a gold dig­ger.

He in­sists he puts “morals over money” and was not with Gillian for her multi-mil­lion pound for­tune.

Gillian’s chaotic love life has never been far from the head­lines since win­ning the Euromil­lions pot.

On the day she and Adrian picked up their cheque they posed for pic­tures and were clearly over the moon.

But they split up just 15 months af­ter the jack­pot win, pub­licly blam­ing the stress of the windfall for their di­vorce.

She has since had a string of un­suc­cess­ful re­la­tion­ships and pub­lic breakups, lead­ing some to be­lieve she has fallen foul of the “curse of the lot­tery”.

A ro­mance with car dealer Alan Warnock, 47, saw her buy a fleet of Cou­ple’s selfie lux­ury Audis from him. They got en­gaged, but broke up last year – and that’s when Gillian sought com­fort in the arms of down-to-earth Gavin.

But their union ended abruptly last Novem­ber, shortly be­fore Gillian struck up a ro­mance with fraud­ster Deans, who had served time for a €14,500 con when he worked at Tesco.

And de­spite Gillian find­ing love again, Gavin doubts whether she will ever be truly happy.

He adds: “I read about her wed­ding in the pa­pers.

“She looked nice. I wish her well, but I wish I’d never met her.”

Gillian did not want to com­ment yes­ter­day.

geral­dine.mckelvie@mir­ror.co.uk

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