World-famous travel bloggers who earned a six-figure salary from sharing their enviable lifestyle on Instagram have revealed what they’re going to do with their $1.2 million three-storey Balinese mansion following their shock split in March.
Australian traveller Lauren Bullen, 28, best known as @gypsealust, said she and her ex-boyfriend Jack Morris, 30, from Manchester, also known as @doyoutravel, are planning on putting their dream home up for rent, ‘unless a really good offer comes through to sell’.
‘Our Bali villa will be turning into a rental sometime later this year. We will still keep the house together, but neither of us will live in it,’ Lauren wrote on her Instagram Story.
‘Hope to be welcoming you all soon.’
Travel bloggers Lauren Bullen (right) and Jack Morris (left) who earn a six-figure salary from sharing their enviable lifestyle on Instagram have revealed what they’re going to do with their $1.2 million Balinese mansion following their shock split
Lauren previously revealed to her followers she had always planned on moving back to Australia sometime this year after her twin sister Ellie, who lives in Queensland, gave birth her son.
‘I just felt this pull to wanting to be there more,’ Lauren said late last year, adding: ‘I just started to crave living in Australia again’.
Last year, Lauren revealed the couple had built their mansion with the ‘plan to turn it into a rental’.
‘It was never our intention to live in this house forever. Bali pre-covid has great rental return. It was always a business plan with the build. We thought we’d live here for two to three years and then rent it out,’ she said.
‘Bali will always be our second home.’
The couple announced they had quietly parted ways in March after they used their income from social media to build their million dollar home – complete with a sunken lounge room, marble swimming pool, designer kitchen and a home cinema theatre in 2019.
The couple announced they had quietly parted ways in March, shocking millions of their followers on Instagram
Lauren said the decision to go their separate ways was ‘for sure the hardest’ she has ever made, before cryptically adding: ‘Sadly the last year, we let our relationship slip away from under us.’
Jack, a former carpet cleaner who left the UK to travel the world in 2012, said he spent ‘by far the best years’ of his life with Lauren, claiming no one has inspired him the way she has.
‘It’s really hard for me to find words for this post, and a post I really never thought I’d be making.. but life happened and Jack and I decided to separate last month. This for sure was the hardest decision I’ve ever made,’ Lauren began.
‘Sadly the last year we let our relationship slip away from under us. I know from the outside it looked like we had everything you could want and more, but one thing was missing, something more important to me than anything, happiness.’
She continued: ‘Jack you were the best thing to come into my life.. we had an instant and inseparable connection. I’m so proud of everything we achieved together it’s more than I could have ever imagined for my life, which I thank you for.
‘You pushed me to work harder and dream bigger and I was always so inspired by your dedication and determination to succeed.’
Lauren revealed the pair had spent the past few weeks in tears, opening up about troubles they had been hiding from one another and reminiscing on the past five years of ‘love, adventure and fun’ which ultimately led them to agree they should end their romantic relationship.
The duo famously used their income from social media to build a $1.2million three-storey Balinese mansion (pictured) complete with a sunken lounge room, marble swimming pool, designer kitchen and a home cinema theatre in 2019
They built their dream home (pictured) from scratch using only the money they make off the photo-sharing platform
Jack (pictured with Lauren in happier times) took a leap of faith nine years ago and quit his job as a carpet cleaner after deciding he needed more adventure in his life
‘[It] brought us both so much closure and understanding of why we couldn’t make it work as a couple any longer,’ she wrote.
‘Many of you have followed our full journey together but for sure it’s the moments no one else sees, just us being us and the Jack that only I really got to see, that’s what I’ll miss more than anything.’
Jack echoed his ex-love’s words, starting his post by saying: ‘It was a real difficult decision for both of us, but a decision we know is for the best.
‘I spent by far the best years of my life with this girl, and I’ll cherish those memories forever. It’s pretty rare to find someone you instantly click with, share the same dreams with, and then be fortunate enough to go out and take on the world together.’
The former carpet cleaner addressed Lauren directly, saying while it is difficult for him to understand why they grew apart, he will ‘always be there’ for her.
Lauren said the decision was ‘for sure the hardest’ she has ever made, before cryptically adding: ‘Sadly the last year, we let our relationship slip away from under us.’
News of the split sent shockwaves through the couple’s combined 4.5million follower base, with hundreds of friends and fans responding with messages of support
‘I remember meeting you and feeling like I hit the jackpot, cuddling up during our first movie night in Fiji, the first time we held hands whilst walking in Sri Lanka, telling you I love you for the first time and you not hearing me… damn, where did the time go?’ he wrote.
Jack paid tribute to their time together, saying that despite the glamorous lifestyle they portray online, it’s the ‘little day by day moments that aren’t shared with the world’ that he will miss the most.
‘Who knows where this next chapter will take us, wherever it does, I’ll always be so thankful for the years we spent together, and for our friendship that we’ll always continue to share,’ he added.
The exes – who sell Lightroom presets which fans and fellow content creators can use to edit photos, as well as enjoying sponsorship deals with global brands such as Royal Caribbean Cruises, Disney, Air NZ, Airbnb and Tiffany & Co. – ended their posts by promising to remain close friends and business partners.
Jack said the break-up was ‘a real difficult decision for both of us, but a decision we know is for the best’
Jack and Lauren last made headlines at the start of the pandemic when they were criticised for ‘bragging’ about self-isolating in their Balinese mansion while millions in their home countries lined up for welfare payments.
Lauren had wanted to fly home in accordance with government instructions for Australians to return but said she was not prepared to leave her partner and their dog Oreo behind.
Photos of their time in isolation showed Jack playing Mario Kart on a lavish cinema-style screen in a palatial living area that boasts views of their pool outside.
‘What our self-isolation looks like here in Bali. Netflix and Mario Kart is pretty much my life right now! What are you guys doing to keep entertained at home? Hope everyone is staying safe,’ he wrote in the caption.
Jack and Lauren last made headlines at the start of the pandemic when they were criticised for ‘bragging’ about self-isolating in their Balinese mansion (pictured) while millions in their home countries lined up for welfare payments
Photos of their time in isolation showed Jack playing Mario Kart on a lavish cinema-style screen in a palatial living area that boasts views of their pool outside
Lauren is seen in the kitchen of the couple’s $1.2million Balinese mansion in 2020