Dragon’s Den star Steven Bartlett has described his relationship with his girlfriend Melanie Vaz Lopez as his ‘greatest achievement’ after refusing to date for 10 years.
The business mogul, 29, who met the influencer in 2016, admitted that he never thought he’d find love due to his own parents’ toxic’ relationship, and he even broke off his romance with Melanie before winning her back.
Speaking to The Sun, Steven he ‘wasn’t sure’ whether he’d find love given everything he’d learned about it as a child ‘wasn’t very good,’ and it took ‘a lot of work’ to find someone like Melanie.
Candid: Dragon’s Den star Steven Bartlett has described his relationship with his girlfriend, French influencer, Melanie Vaz Lopez as his ‘greatest achievement’ after refusing to date for 10 years
He said: ‘I wasn’t sure if that was going to be possible for me, because what I learned about love at a young age was not very good. It was quite toxic.’
‘My early experience would be my parents shouting at each other a lot, so I thought relationships were going to be difficult. I kind of avoided relationships until I was about 25.
‘But after doing a lot of work, I eventually found someone that I fell in love with and I’ve been mature enough to keep that relationship strong and grow with it.
Tough time: The business mogul who met the influencer, (pictured) in 2016, admitted that he never thought he’d find love due to his own parents’ toxic’ relationship
Steven had previously admitted he broke off his relationship with Melanie due to his busy work schedule, admitting he couldn’t commit to her between ‘seven in the morning and nine o’clock at night.’
He confessed he’s got ‘total tunnel vision’ regarding this work schedule, and struggles to acknowledge messages he received outside of his business.
Steven confirmed earlier this year he’s now in a long-term relationship with Melanie after flying 22 hours to Bali in a desperate bid to win her back.
Serenading Melanie at the first night of his The Diary of a CEO Live show in February, he confessed his love for her, before the House Gospel Choir sang Stevie Wonder’s I’ll Be Loving You Always, as love heart confetti fell from the ceiling – leaving stunned audience members believing he was about to propose.
Open: Steven he ‘wasn’t sure’ whether he’d find love given everything he’d learned about it as a child ‘wasn’t very good’
An audience member told MailOnline: ‘It came as a real surprise given Steven has never opened up about his love life but he dedicated an entire segment of his show to Melanie.
‘It was a huge romantic moment – everyone thought it was part of a big proposal, he didn’t get down on one knee but it’s clear Melanie is The One.
Steven and Melanie, who runs beauty and wellbeing business Auraya, met on Instagram in 2016 after bonding over one of the entrepreneur’s relationship videos.
They were together for a year until Steven ended their romance after struggling to juggle his business commitments with having a girlfriend, something he now regrets.
He flew to Bali to win Melanie back after hearing she was there on holiday, only to be told she had been in a new relationship since their split.
Rekindled: The multi-millionaire businessman dated Melanie four years ago but split from the travel blogger because he couldn’t commit to her, and later traveled to Bali to win her back
But after spending four days on the tropical island together, Melanie fell for him all over again, and the pair have been together ever since, keeping their romance under wraps until now.
Indeed, Steven admitted he even kept his romance secret from his fellow Dragons, who regularly mention him being single on his debut series of the BBC One show.
Steven, who moved to the UK aged two from Botswana, dropped out of university to pursue his dreams as a businessman.
He fell out with his parents, in particular his mother, who was ‘heartbroken’ after believing Steven had thrown away his education, which she didn’t have growing up.
But Steven found success with social media marketing agency The Social Chain that was valued at £300million when it first entered the stock market.
This year he became the youngest ever Dragon, and has quickly become the man to impress among budding entrepreneurs entering the den for investment.
TV star: Steven made show history when he became the youngest ever Dragon aged 28 on the BBC show earlier this year