Michelle Keegan, Max George 'split before nightclub allegations'
Published Jul 21 2012, 12:07 BST | By Paul Martinovic Coronation Street
's Michelle Keegan
has split from Max George.
The 23-year-old Wanted singer was pictured kissing a blonde in a nightclub
earlier this week, which led to Keegan jumping to his defence.
The actress said: "He even gets kissed when I'm with him... I don't mind. When you go out with someone in one of the biggest boybands in Britain you have to expect this sort of thing."
However, The Mirror
reports that the pair were estranged before the incident, with a spokesman for George confirming that "[Max] and Michelle are no longer together".
"They have been separated for a number of weeks, but hoped to keep this a private matter," said the rep.
Keegan's spokesperson has also told the Daily Mail
that the couple have split, saying: "I can confirm that the relationship has recently ended."
The celebrity couple had been an item since January 2011 and became engaged six months later. The engagement was broken off in April
, with both stars claiming that their busy schedules made organising a potential wedding impossible.
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