Donna Air has confirmed she’s split from Kate Middleton’s brother, James Middleton.
The TV presenter, who shot to fame on BBC children’s drama Byker Grove, is currently a contestant on ITV’s Dancing on Ice.
She made the shock split revelation over the weekend, only a few weeks after James was spotted in the audience watching her performance.
Even though they only revealed the sad news now, the duo actually went their separate ways in December.
She told Mail on Sunday: ‘James and I are no longer an item. We parted ways in December but remain the very best of friends and always will be.’
The pair had an on-off relationship for five years, but she was invited to James’s sister Pippa’s wedding to James Matthews despite the ‘no ring, no bring rule’ that saw many guests unable to bring a plus one unless they were engaged or married.
Donna attended Pippa’s wedding despite the ‘no ring, no bring’ rule
Before the split, James had admitted an engagement could be on the cards for the two.
‘I love Donna very much. Marriage is absolutely not something I’m scared of, but it isn’t necessarily the be-all and end-all’, he said last year.
Donna and James have faced numerous split claims before, including in 2015, when Kate and Pippa’s brother was forced to deny them.
‘We are still very much a couple and have not parted ways’, he said.
Donna and James met in 2013 at a private members club, and made their relationship official only a few months later.
The 38-year-old has never been married before, but she has a 14-year-old daughter, Freya, from a previous relationship with multimillionaire conservationist Damian Aspinall.
Before agreeing to being a contestant on Dancing on Ice, Donna said she discussed it with James and that he was very supportive.
She told The Mirror in December: ‘I did ask James about the show. He has always been very supportive of all the things I choose to do.’