Oscar winner Charlize Theron has reportedly split up with her boyfriend of nine years, Dublin-born actor and director Stuart Townsend.
Charlize sparked the reports when she was spotted not wearing her antique 'committment ring' which was given to her by Stuart.
The actress has previously spoken of the special ring which was a symbol of the couple's love, saying she "never takes it off".
Meanwhile, a source claiming to be a friend of the South African beauty says Charlize split from Stuart after their holiday in Mexico over the Christmas period.
"Stuart is gutted but Charlize said that she realised during the Mexican holiday that the relationship was over," says the source.
"They had become more like brother and sister than lovers. It was she who ended it."
Charlize is apparently set to remain in the couple's Hollywood Hills home while Stuart has moved into their Malibu beach abode.
Although the couple never officially tied the knot, they often referred to themselves as a married couple.
"I didn’t do a church wedding or anything but we consider ourselves husband and wife," Stuart said in 2007.
"We love each other and we want to spend our lives together."
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