A source told The Sun's Bizarre column that she had supported him after his mother lost her battle with cancer.
"Louis has had a rough ride the past few months and Eleanor wants him to know she is there if he needs anybody to talk to," the insider said.
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The University of Manchester alumni graduated with a degree in politics and sociology before venturing into modelling.
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While neither elaborated on the reasons behind their split, People Magazine reported "They tried really hard to make it work but it was just impossible – he's away for nine months a year and they just grew apart.".
On February 16, Eleanor re-followed Louis on Instagram.
This isn't the first time Eleanor has been linked to Max.