Henry Bolton was given a grilling on talkRADIO this morning, with Julia Hartley-Brewer asking whether he still fancied his former girlfriend after her racist messages came to light.
The Ukip leader also suggested that Jo Marney's tweets didn't reflect her real personality and that he was going to stick by her as a friend, adding that Marney had "come as near to suicide as I've ever known anyone to be. I'm not going to throw her to the wolves."
Bolton was appearing on talkRADIO after it emerged that he had split with Marney, following the publication of a string of racist messages sent by the 25-year-old model, centring on Prince Harry's fiancee.
Marney said she would not have sex with a "negro" as they were ugly, adding that Markle's marriage to Harry would "taint" the royal family.
Bolton, who has ruled out resigning, confirmed to Julia that "We've ended the romantic element of the relationship."
When put on the spot about the nature of their relationship, Bolton said they had only been together three or four days before he left his wife, adding that Marney's views on Meghan Markle had never come up in conversation - prompting derision from our host.
Bolton added that the messages were sent "in the heat of the moment" and that Marney "had never reflected those opinions."
Turning to his future relationship with Marney, Bolton said he still had "huge feelings" for her and would maintain his friendship with her to help her through the barrage of negative publicity she is now facing.