Charlize Theron splits with lover Townsend

"Battle In Seattle" star Charlize Theron poses with boyfriend and writer/director Stuart Townsend on the red carped at the SIFF Opening Night Gala on May 22. The film merges dramatic performances with actual event footage to tell a semi-fictionalized story of the 1999 WTO riot in Seattle.

CHARLIZE Theron has reportedly split with her partner of nine years.

CHARLIZE Theron has reportedly split with her partner of nine years.

The actress, who first met Stuart Townsend on the set of Trapped in 2001, told friends she split from the Irish actor after a trip to Mexico over the Christmas period.

She has now even stopped wearing an antique commitment ring he had given her as a sign of his love.

A friend of the couple said: "Stuart is gutted but Theron said she realised during the Mexican holiday the relationship was over. They had become more like brother and sister than lovers. It was she who ended it."

The 34-year-old Hollywood actress is now reportedly living in their main home in Hollywood Hills, while he has moved his belongings into their beach house.

A source told the Mail on Sunday newspaper: "She loved Townsend but their relationship ran its course. He's heart-broken but she is insisting it is over. Theron 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."

Townsend has previously spoken about how he considered Theron to be his wife, though they'd never married.

He said: "I didn't do a church wedding or anything but we consider ourselves husband and wife. I don't need a certificate or the state or the church to say otherwise." - Bang