Spending years in an Italian prison can sure put the brakes on a relationship. That’s what Amanda Knox’s Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito seems to be saying.
In an interview on Italian television, the 27-year-old called his relationship with Knox “a seed that was not allowed to grow because it was brutally stamped on.”
In the aftermath of an appeal that freed the pair from murder charges, Sollecito has kept quiet until now. The Daily Mail reports, during the interview Sollecito said he was invited to spend time with Knox in Seattle, but has declined for now.
“We were both victims of a cruel injustice and our relationship was overcome by this tragedy,” he said. “Our lives are linked by circumstance but now they are very different.”
Sollecito also said he tried to contact the family of victim Meredith Kercher “at the beginning,” and prays for them “every day so that the truth can come out.”
Meanwhile, Knox may be adjusting to a new life, but romantically, she has moved on. Reports say she is dating an old friend, classical guitar student James Terrano, whom she knew before the events in Italy took place.
"She has suffered like me,” said Sollecito, “and now I just want her to be the happiest woman in the world.”