In breaking news on Friday, People was the first to report that Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough have broken up and are no longer living together. The news comes on the heels of reports earlier this week that Hough had expensive jewelry given to her by the host stolen from her vehicle.
The news was confirmed to the entertainment magazine by friends close to the couple. However, no official statement has come from reps of either celebrity.
The 24-year-old dancer and actress has been dating the multitalented Seacrest for over two years. They quietly began dating in 2010, but they didn't confirm their status until several months into the relationship. Many members of the media were speculating about when they would get married, so the news is shocking most people in the entertainment industry.
Both Seacrest and Hough have been on an upward career trajectory. One can only speculate that their busy schedules played a huge part in the breakup. People's source said that finding time together was a "great challenge," but the duo are still friendly even though they have split up.
Hough has even commented on the commitment it takes to keep the spark alive.
She told PARADE magazine, "It's a hard thing to do, especially when you're so caught up in your work and bettering yourself. I think at the end of the day you have to find a balance with what's really important."
The former Dancing with the Stars pro crisscrossed the globe with the recent promotion of her Valentine's Day film, Safe Haven, while the 38-year-old American Idol host was heavily involved in awards show season. The couple was spotted, by this reporter, on Feb. 5 at the premiere of Hough's latest film, and they were hanging out together at the after party.
Hough has two projects in the can, including the Diablo Cody film Paradise starring Holly Hunter and Russell Brand and Skum Rocks! with Teresa Palmer and Kevin Bacon. Both films are slated to hit the big screen this year.
Seacrest continues to be the busiest man in the entertainment industry with American Idol, projects for E! and Bravo, and his syndicated radio shows.
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