Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron has reportedly broken up with actor Stuart Townsend, her partner of nine years.
A rep for the couple has refused to comment on the split reports, but Stuart and Charlize have not been seen together publicly since attending the AFI FEST 2009 screening of The Road at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles last November.
The 34-year-old Hollywood actress is now reportedly living in their main home in the Hollywood Hills, while Stuart has moved his belongings into their beach house, a source spilled to Britain’s The Mail on Sunday this week.
Theron – who first met Townsend on the set of the 2001 film Trapped – has told friends she split from the Irish star after a trip to Mexico in December. She has since stopped wearing an antique commitment ring he once gave to her.
“Stuart is gutted but Charlize said that she realized during the Mexican holiday the relationship was over. They had become more like brother and sister than lovers. It was she who ended it,” says a pal. “She loved Stuart but their relationship ran its course. He is heartbroken but she is insisting it is over. Charlize was surprised the story hadn’t come out yet. But she didn’t confirm it because she wanted to break the news in her own time.”
In a recent interview, Stuart admitted that he considers Charlize his wife, even though the two never legally married. He said, “We consider ourselves husband and wife. We love each other and want to spend the rest of our lives together.”