Arabella Chi reveals ‘horrible’ robbery ordeal has left her unable to sleep after being dragged out of her car and attacked: ‘Reliving it I feel physically sick’
Arabella Chi has revealed that her recent ‘horrible’ robbery ordeal has left her unable to sleep and that reliving it makes her feel ‘physically sick’.
The former Love Island star, 26, was dragged from her car and attacked by two men from an organised crime group in the scary incident.
She was travelling back from Ibiza with her father Paul when it happened after they took a ferry to Barcelona.
The men slashed the tyres of her £60,000 car and took her designer handbag, purse and passports.
She has now told The Sun of the terrifying experience: ‘Reliving it all I feel physically sick. It was so scary and I’ve been having nightmares about being dragged out of bed, just like I was from the car.
Tough: Arabella Chi has revealed that her recent ‘horrible’ robbery ordeal has left her unable to sleep and that reliving it makes her feel ‘physically sick’
Scary: The former Love Island star, 26, was dragged from her car and attacked by two men from an organised crime group in the scary incident
‘I was petrified when it happened, but now I know they’d been watching us and waiting to attack us, it is even more horrible to think about.’
She said the criminals slashed the tyres while they were waiting at traffic lights after exiting the ferry and when they got out with an electric pump four men approached them.
Arabella thought they were being kind but they were actually checking out the car to see if there was anything valuable in it.
After the pumping failed her dad went off to get help and she stayed in the car when the attackers approached, unlocked the car with a device and dragged her out.
Arabella said: ‘Hearing the doors unlock makes me feel sick. I was terrified. This man was grabbing my arm and pulling me out.’
She then made so much of a fuss and noise that they left but she was left fearing they would return with more people.
‘I rang my dad and was screaming and crying my eyes out. I was petrified. That is what I find so scary, I don’t know what they would have done if they’d have come back.’
Once her dad returned they realised Arabella’s bag containing their passports and cash had been stolen by the second man while the one grabbing her had distracted her.
Terrified: She was travelling back from Ibiza with her father Paul when the incident happened after they took a ferry to Barcelona (seen with her father)
Crime: The men slashed the tyres of her £60,000 car and took her designer handbag, purse and passports, the publication reports
She says she’s since had nightmares and trouble sleeping and told how she won’t ever do that drive again and if she does she will take a different route.
She is now recuperating at home with her family and friends around her.
It comes after it was revealed that she has been secretly dating Manchester City’s Ruben Dias for a month.
The revelation came after eagled-eyed fans claimed the pair were in Paris together recently after posting near-identical shots of the Eiffel Tower, from what is now being reported to be the couple’s first ‘romantic mini-break’.
She has reportedly been regularly jetting from her home in Ibiza to spend time with the hunky Portuguese player, 32, in the UK – who has been ‘showering’ the stunner with gifts.
MailOnline contacted Arabella and Ruben’s representatives for comment at the time.
Both Ruben and Arabella shared snaps of the Eiffel Tower taken from the same angle and clearly within minutes of each other as the same passers by could be spotted in the snaps.
Portuguese international Ruben was in Paris for the glittering Ballon d’Or awards last Monday but walked the red carpet alone.
Meanwhile, Arabella’s time in Paris seemed to be a pit stop on her way to Ibiza, with the model sharing snaps of herself on the White Isle.
Model and social influencer Arabella, who took part in the fifth season of Love Island in 2019, split from New York businessman Richie Akiva in September.
And Richie quickly moved on with a mystery woman just days after their split.
The model and Leonardo DiCaprio’s pal, 45, were last pictured together at a party in NYC on September 12 and they split shortly afterwards.
‘King of nightclubs’ Richie wasted no time embracing his new single status as he packed on the PDA with a woman, who bore a striking resemblance to Arabella, outside The Flower nightclub in Paris on Tuesday night.
The pair wrapped their arms around each other in the very public display of affection.
It’s unknown how long Arabella was seeing New York native Richie or where they first met.
But this Summer, Arabella soaked up the sun in Ibiza with Richie and his pals, including A-lister Leo.
Richie has been a regular on the New York club scene since his teen years and opened the legendary 10ak nightclub in 2007.
He is the CEO of the Butter Group, which owns other popular venues in the city, including Up & Down and Butter.
Richie regularly rubs shoulders with celebrities and has previously hosted birthday parties for the likes of Rihanna and Naomi Campbell.
Arabella was also linked to another athlete this year, former French rugby player Yoann Huget.
The couple were spotted at the French Open in June to watch a tennis match together.
A source said at the time: ‘They’ve been dating for a while and it’s now turned more serious so they were happy to make it official at the French Open.’
She was briefly linked to DJ Tom Zanetti in 2021 but she was quick to shoot down the claims.
Arabella explained: ‘We did a shoot together, but we’re just good friends! People have assumed more than it is. I’m 100 percent single and for the first time in my life I’m learning about myself and I know what I want now in a guy.
‘I don’t want to settle. When you’re younger you think ‘he’s hot, he’ll do for now,’ but now I’m like no, I know what I want and know my worth.’
Meanwhile, Ruben was last linked to cabaret dancer Ginevra Festa. The pair were pictured kissing last summer but have not been seen together since.
Prior to this he had an ugly split from singer April Ivy, who released a song called Broken Apologies shortly after the break up, which appeared to be about the City star.
The couple started dating at the end of 2018 and went public on New Year’s Day 2019, however they broke up in September 2021 over ‘lifestyle differences’.
Insiders told Portuguese magazine Flash! at the time that Rúben’s desire for a ‘more discreet’ life clashed with his former love’s ‘exuberance’, leading to their reported break-up and his removal of April from his social media channels.
Love is in the air: It comes after it was revealed that she has been secretly dating Manchester City’s Ruben Dias for a month
Secret: The revelation came after eagled-eyed fans claimed the pair were in Paris together recently after posting near-identical shots of the Eiffel Tower
Rúben and Ivy lived together in Manchester, after he relocated to play for Man City.
Source told the publication: ‘The now ex-couple already shared a house in Manchester, where the singer had moved in order to be close to Rúben and at the same time bet on her musical career in London.
‘The lifestyles, more discreet on the part of the footballer contrasting with the more exuberant side of the artist, ended up becoming irreconcilable…
‘The separation happened a few weeks ago, after the summer vacation that the two still spent together in Greece, in early July.’
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