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Anna Friel splits with David Thewlis

Anna Friel and her longstanding boyfriend, actor David Thewlis have parted ways, after months of speculation that their union was blundering through a rocky patch. The couple blamed their hectic work schedules for forcing them apart.

A source told The Daily Mail, 'Things have not been great for a long time and they have tried to keep this quiet to protect everyone. It certainly did not help that Anna and David have been forced to live apart for so long, but there are other issues at hand that have made them realise the relationship was over. They do care about each other very much, and the most important thing now is that they both continue to be the best parents they can be for Gracie. They will have to see each other over Christmas at some point, but hopefully it will not be too painful.’

Rumours abound that it was Anna's friendship with co-star Joseph Cross which finally scuppered the marriage. Anna was pictured snogging the young buck, and he even appeared to be living in her house while Thewlis was away filming. At the time, David said, ‘Joseph is a good friend of mine. I have no problem with him staying at my house.’ We wonder what he's saying behind closed doors...

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