Nicole Scherzinger splits from longtime boyfriend

Oct 21, 2011 at 5:47 p.m. ET

Nicole Scherzinger recently broke up with her longtime boyfriend Lewis Hamilton. What caused this once-happy couple to split?

After four years together, Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and F1 race car driver Lewis Hamilton have put an end to their relationship, citing conflicting work schedules that kept them apart.

According to the Daily Mail, a source close to Scherzinger and Hamilton say the break-up was amicable and that the two remain friends.

The source said, "Yes, they've split. It's a real shame because Nicole really tried to make it work."

"They are still very good friends and it was an amicable split, but they just decided it was impossible to keep the relationship going with such conflicting work schedules."

Just this summer there were rumors that the X Factor judge was engaged to her race car driving boyfriend, after comments that were made by the singer's father, Alfonso Valiente suggested that the two were planning to tie the knot.

"You know about the proposal? Yes, they are engaged," he father told the Daily Mail in July.

Scherzinger dismissed the comments, setting the record straight on her Twitter account by posting, "Lewis and I woke up this morning and read we were engaged! Sorry to disappoint u all but it's not true."

The ex-couple first met at the European Music Awards in Munich in 2007, and made their relationship public at the Monaco Grand Prix several months later.

With Scherzinger on the X Factor panel, she might not have much time to look for another love. Let's hope this sexy Pussycat doll takes her time before jumping into a relationship with a new guy too soon.

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