Keira Knightley and Rupert Friend call it quits

Jan 13, 2011 at 11:19 a.m. ET

Keira Knightley is going to make a lot of Hollywood single men happy as reports surface that she has split from longtime love, Rupert Friend.

Keira Knightley and Rupert Friend

Five years of courtship is a lifetime in Hollywood relationships these days, which is why the split of Keira Knightley and Rupert Friend comes as quite the shock.

The couple of five years is no more, according to Keira Knightley's father, Will. "Yes, they have broken up," Will Knightley confirmed to The Sun. "But that's the way things go, unfortunately. The only option is to get on with things."

The beloved British actress met Rupert Friend in 2005 while filming Pride and Prejudice. Of the five years they spent together, her father said: "They were together for quite a long time and it is always hard breaking up. She's focused on her work."

Knightley has always felt awkward in the light of Hollywood fame and perhaps having two actors in the fold could have been a downfall, but that's just a thought. "I'm still not good at being recognized. I wear scruffy clothes and hats and keep my head well down," Knightley once told Vogue. "I'm sure people must think I'm a complete [expletive], but I'm just very shy."

We're sure this was just a case of a relationship running its course. Good luck to both Keira Knightley and Rupert Friend.