Keira Knightley enjoys a late dinner with her boyfriend Rupert Friend

On the rocks

05 Jan 2011

Keria Kinightley and Rupert Friend go their separate ways. Could Colin Farrell be to blame?

Keira Knightley’s five year romance with boyfriend Rupert Friend is said to be in tatters after the distraught actor turned up to a London gala without the Love Actually actress, igniting rumours that he’d been dumped following her close friendship with London Boulevard co-star Colin Farrell.

Industry insiders were shocked when Rupert walked the red carpet without Keira on his arm. And despite looking happy among friends, sources say behind his smiles it was obvious all’s not well with his live-in relationship with the 25-year-old star. “It’s over for them,” spilled a close aide.

Sources believe Keira, who met Rupert on the set of Pride and Prejudice in 2005, has given the 29-year-old the cold shoulder after getting close to bad-boy Colin during the filming of their upcoming romantic drama. "There was chemistry between them," said a source.

Colin did little to quash rumours by gushing about his co-star, “She’s gorgeous. She’s really gorgeous and lovely – a lovely woman and incredibly smart and bright and talented and creative. She was lovely, she really was.”

And while best pal Sienna Miller tried to deny rumours of her friend’s affair, insisting she “envies” Rupert and Keira’s “perfect relationship,” close sources insisted it’s definitely over.