Charlize Theron is Single

February 1, 2010

The sexy South African actress is back on the market after dumping her beau of nine years.

Charlize Theron has announced that she and Stuart Townsend are no longer a couple. The Academy Award-winning actress split with the Irish actor sometime around Christmas. Theron apparently broke it off and has stopped wearing an antique commitment ring given to her by Townsend.

A close friend of the couple says, “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.” Charlize is staying put in the couple’s Hollywood Hills home, while Stuart has been banished to the couple’s beach shack.

The couple met on the set of the 2001 film Trapped. The two never married, but were deeply committed and had what many thought was one of the strongest relationships in Hollywood.

I wonder how long she stays single?

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