Paula Abdul has split from her boyfriend
The `X Factor` judge and Jeff Bratton called time on their 18 month relationship in November and the record label owner has revealed it was due to work commitments.
He said: "Paula and I split in November. It was an amicable thing. But between the final months of `X Factor` and my responsibilities with (my label) Cascine, there was little time for us."
The distance in their relationship is also said to have been a contributing factor, with Paula based in Los Angeles, while Jeff spends most of his time in New York.
The pair first met on a flight in 2010, but always made a joint effort to keep their romance out of the spotlight.
And Jeff is adamant he and Paula are still on good terms.
He explained: "We`re still close. And I`ll always be grateful for the time we shared as a couple."
Paula, 49, isn`t the only judge on the new US version of `The X Factor` to split from their boyfriend.
Nicole Scherzinger and her partner, Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton, ended their four year relationship in October due to work pressures.
However, the pair spent New Year`s Eve (31.12.11) together at a ski resort in Vail, Colorado, and have both admitted since the break-up that they still have very strong feelings for one another.