Tennis star Nick Kyrgios is still following his rumoured ex-girlfriend on Instagram, prompting fans to question whether they have actually broken up.
The World No. 47 only follows 155 people on the social media platform, and Chiara Passari is one of them despite allegations the pair have split.
Fans speculated the couple had ended their relationship after Ms Passari posted a series of volatile messages about Mr Kyrgios on Instagram earlier this week.
The tennis champion started dating the Canberra local in July 2020 after returning to his hometown Canberra because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Tennis star Nick Kyrgios is still following his rumoured ex-girlfriend on Instagram (pictured)
Rumours are rife that Kyrgios (pictured) has split with his Canberra girlfriend
Ms Passari has also turned her Instagram to private after the explosive posts came to light earlier this week after which it appeared they had both unfollowed each other.
The screenshot of one text message exchange between Ms Passari and Kyrgios showed an emotionally charged argument.
While the context of messages sent before the screenshot was taken is unclear, the tone of those that follow – particularly from the tennis bad boy – portray a relationship clearly on the rocks.
Nick Kyrgios’ girlfriend Chiara Passari posted a series of since deleted Instagram stories over the weekend (including the one pictured) referencing her apparent break-up with the tennis star
Rumours about Kyrgios and Ms Passari’s relationship being over were rife in the lead up to the Australian Open, but the pair moved to quell them with loved up photos on Instagram – such as this which she posted on Valentine’s Day
In the caption, Ms Passari claimed she had ‘learnt a lot’ since meeting Kyrgios and told him: ‘I love you’
In the first message that can be seen, Kyrgios writes: ‘Bye’
K: ‘Hahaha you got a dude there hahahaha’
K: ‘Too good.’
K: ‘You disgust me… haha’
K: ‘So good’
K: ‘Enjoy your life hshshs’
Ms Passari: ‘You just told me everything without even knowing hahahaha.’
Ms Passari: ‘I’m sorry you hate yourself’
K: ‘Be in Canberra the rest of your life… hahahahaha’
Ms Passari responded to Daily Mail Australia’s request for comment with a series of claims about Kyrgios that cannot be published.
Kyrgios has not responded to attempts to contact him through his management.
Ms Passari shared this photo of an apparent text message exchange with Kyrgios over the weekend, before later deleting it
Kyrgios and Ms Passari began dating in July last year, just three months after Kyrgios split from Russian tennis player Anna Kalinskaya
Amid rumours of a split at the start of the Australian Open, Kyrgios shared this screenshot to Instagram showing the couple FaceTiming after his first round victory at the Grand Slam
Ms Passari’s Instagram story showing their text message exchange came just a day after she shared another cryptic post about her and Kyrgios embattled relationship.
That post included a photo of Passari, sitting in Kyrgios’ player’s box during a match and laughing.
‘Laughing at myself for believing…’ she wrote on the image.
The couple last week wiped photos of each other from their social media pages, with Kyrgios replacing his Twitter profile photo – once a shot of them together – with one of him in action on court.
Neither Kygrios or Ms Passari currently follow the other on Instagram.
The apparent capitulation of the pair’s relationship followed a series of gushing posts throughout the Australian Open.
Just last Thursday, Ms Passari posted a photo showing her and Kyrgios loved-up.
‘I have learnt a lot and am also learning a lot about myself since meeting you,’ she wrote.
‘There will always be struggles but as long as that magic and those unforgettable experiences are there it’s all worth it.
Ms Passari joined Kyrgios in Melbourne ahead of his third round defeat to world number three Dominic Thiem, but appeared less than impressed as she sat courtside during his practice
The apparent capitulation of their relationship followed a series of gushing posts from Kyrgios to Ms Passari throughout the Australian Open, including on the lense of TV cameras in the post-match
‘Happy belated Valentine’s. I love you.’
The catalyst for doubts about the couple’s relationship came when Ms Passari put up a cryptic post on her Instagram in the lead up to the Australian Open.
‘Cheaters always want you to be loyal while they’re being unfaithful,’ she wrote.
While that post from early February sparked rumours of a split, Kyrgios was quick to pour cold water on any such speculation.
After wins in the first and second round of the Grand Slam, the flamboyant Kyrgios wrote messages of love to Ms Passari on the lense of a courtside television camera.
‘Miss u Chizzel,’ the tennis star wrote.
The world number 47 also uploaded a photo of the couple’s late night video call after his first round straight sets win against Portugal’s Frederico Ferreira.
Ms Passari then joined Kyrgios in Melbourne ahead of his third round defeat to world number three Dominic Thiem.
She was seen clapping and cheering her beau in the players box as Kyrgios bowed out of the tournament in a five set thriller.
Two days later he shared an adoring post about Ms Passari for Valentines Day.
‘Happy Valentine’s Chizza,’ Kyrgios captioned the photo.
‘It’s been a rollercoaster eight months. I want you to know that I’m incredibly thankful and blessed to have you by my side putting up with me and supporting me.
Kyrgios posted this photo of his girlfriend on Valentines Day, less than a week before the series of Instagram posts by Ms Passari
Cryptic: On February 2, Kyrgios and Ms Passari sparked speculation they had split after she uploaded this Instagram post. The couple cleared the air in the days that followed with their loved and it is not suggested Ms Passari was referring to Kyrgios in the post
‘I hope that I can make you feel special and give you everything you deserve. I’m so lucky to have you in my life.’
‘I promise that I will always try and be a better person everyday and care and love for you.
‘To many more Valentine’s days – and hopefully next time I can win a match if you come watch me play.’
But that morning cameras captured an awkward moment as Kyrgios cozied up to Ms Passari during a practice session.
Ms Passari appeared to pull her head away as Kyrgios went to kiss her multiple times and at one stage put her hand to her face as the tennis bad boy closed in.
Still, that afternoon she was in the stands for Kyrgios doubles match alongside fellow Australian and good mate Thanasi Kokkinakis.
The pair started dating in July last year, just three months after Kyrgios split from Russian tennis player Anna Kalinskaya.